Hollywood ImagesPresenter: Susan Kollin

Date: Monday, Dec. 14

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: C’mon Inn

Side Trip Info: While very few of us take the Western seriously as a way to find out about the facts of US history of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, audiences may discover important truths about the meanings assigned to America in the present era by watching such films. In fact, the myths encoded in Westerns themselves tell us a great deal about the dominant national imagination and about American nostalgia for lost times and places. In this Side Trip, we will view film clips from iconic Westerns in an effort to deepen our understanding of national dreams and desires as well as our individual and collective identities as Americans.

Instructor Bio:
Susan KollinSusan Kollin is Professor of English at Montana State University where she teaches courses on western American fiction and film. She has published widely on the Western and has a book forthcoming this fall from the University of Nebraska Press, entitled Captivating Westerns: The Middle East in the American West. She is also editor of the scholarly volume, A History of Western American Literature, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

 

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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 www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust