Instructor: Bill Stoddart

Dates:Tuesdays; March 29th to May 3th (no class on April 19th)

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

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Course Info: From the Federalists through to the Tea Party, this course will explore the origins of political factions in the United States and attempt to follow the various threads of conservatism and liberalism that form the basis of current political thought. Using historical articles, political cartoons and other sources, we will incorporate lecture and discussion to try to understand where some of the ideas and motivations that pervade our current political “discourse” originated.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: None.

Bill-StoddartInstructor Bio: Bill Stoddart has taught a number of courses in U.S. History, U.S. and Comparative Government, and Philosophy, among other subjects, over the years. He is a former instructor at Bozeman High School and MSU, and currently owns a financial planning and advisory business in Bozeman.

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 January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust