Instructor: Grover Wagner

Dates: Wednesdays; March 30th to May 4th (no class on April 19th)

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

Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church

Course Info: Dylan Thomas is an incomparable poet. His poems, while admittedly difficult on first reading, still call us irresistibly. Thomas believed that poetry was music. In class we will listen to his resonant voice reading his own creations. We’ll study seven poems which contain all the elements at Thomas’ disposal – the surprising juxtapositions, the intricate metaphors, the constant paradoxes, the internal sprung rhythms. We’ll finish with his ten-stanza poem Altarwise by Owl-light. Copies of the poems will be provided: There was a Savior; Death and Entrances; Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed; Over St. John’s Hill; I See the Boys of Summer; Especially When the October Wind; Altarwise by Owl-light.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: None.

Glover-WagnerInstructor Bio: Glover Wagner graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA and has a bachelors in English Literature from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. Reverend Wagner has served Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ since 1979. Wagner worked on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, served on the board of Intermountain Children’s Home, and chaired Interfaith Housing building a 22 unit low-income housing project.

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