Instructor: Regina Gee

Dates: Thursdays: March 24th to May 5th (no class on March 31th)

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

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Course Info: This course combines the study of ancient art and architecture, history, and mythology to examine the Greek pantheon of gods with an emphasis on how they appeared – not just what they looked like but how they acted, and where they were found – as woven into cultural fabric across an extended period. The six lectures are organized along a timeline, starting with the earliest Neolithic age and its powerfully mysterious sense of the divine. It continues on to end in the first century BC with a look at various gods in the cosmopolitan urban setting of the Hellenistic world when the deities get small and personal as they were presented, carried and even worn as jewelry in a way that blurs the line between devotion and decoration. The thematic topics include: The Earth Mother: Minoan goddess and the act of sacrifice; the Iliad: Meet the Family; Sacred Spaces: The sanctuary and the gift (temples and votives); Athena: State cult and power in classical Athens; the darlings of the Hellenistic Age; Hercules and Venus; How to Drink: Dionysus and his cult.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: None.

Regina-GeeInstructor Bio: Regina Gee is an associate professor of art history in the School of Art with a PhD in Roman Art and Architecture (UT Austin). Since 2007, she has been part of the Oplontis Project, which has as its goal the complete publication of the Roman villa, “Villa Oplontis,” buried in the same eruption that buried the nearby town of Pompeii. Within the project, Dr. Gee has the responsibility for the publication of the frescoes in the villa, which are some of the most spectacular from ancient Italy and include over 60 rooms of wall paintings. She has published and lectured extensively on the topic, including at the Cornell campus in Rome, the University of Texas at Austin, Princeton University, the University of Kansas and, most recently, the Getty Villa in Malibu.

Cost: $75.00 - member; $110.00 - 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 www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust