Palestine-IsraelInstructor: Dale Martin

Dates: Thursdays; Sept. 17 to Oct. 15

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

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Course Info: Since the late 1940s, arguably more international attention, controversy, aspiration, and condemnation have been focused on the 10,000 sq. mi. between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea than on any other territory of comparable area. Much of this focus resulted from events between 1917 and 1967. This course will consider the widely held belief in the international significance of Israel and Palestine. Then it will examine four crucial events: the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the Arab revolt that began in 1936, and the wars of 1948 and 1967. These had consequences to the present for the peoples in Palestine and Israel, the diaspora of Jews and Palestinians, international diplomacy, and even American domestic politics.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion
Readings: Suggested: The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War by James L. Gelvin (3rd ed., Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Instructor Bio:
Dale MartinDale Martin teaches history at Montana State University in Bozeman, including courses on the 20th century Middle East and the First World War. His interest in the Israel and Palestine goes back to 1960s’ bestselling novels of dubious reliability as well as the 1967 war. In the early 1980s he spent two seasons at an archaeological site a few miles from the River Jordan.

Cost: $62.50 - member; $97.50 - nonmember


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.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust