Gender across CultureInstructor: Chris O’Connor

Dates: Thursdays; Oct. 22 to Nov. 19

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church

Course Info: A look at gender relations and the status of women and men in the United States and around the world, in times past and present. We will consider issues such as: whether there are gender differences that may be “hard wired”; the economic systems and cultural arrangements that lead to gender inequity versus equity; efforts by the UN and other actors in the international community to improve women’s status (e.g., “Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women” programs); in what ways men are disadvantaged; and whether boys are losing out in the USA.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: None required but suggested readings will be sent by email

Instructor Bio:
Chris OConnorChris O’Connor is a Professor Emerita of Grand Valley State University in Michigan where she taught Social Psychology, the Psychology Senior Seminar, Gender & Family in Third World Development, and Psychology of Gender. During a brief leave from the University she worked in Guatemala with USAID on a gender equity project. She has a PhD in Social Psychology from Michigan State University.

Cost: $62.50 - members; $97.50 - nonmembers


Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

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