Instructor: Cristina A. Pop

Dates: Thursdays; March 31th to April 28th

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Course Info: Do we really live in a disenchanted world? To what extent are irrational beliefs and practices still shaping our everyday lives? Is magic always to be found elsewhere? This course explores one of the most controversial topics in anthropology – the cross-cultural relevance of magic and witchcraft. We will consider the notions of contagious magic and imitative magic through a range of ethnographic examples from various cultures and geographical areas. We will discuss magic beliefs and practices about birth and death, disease and healing, love and fertility. Special attention will be given to shamanism and vampires.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: None.

Cristina-PopInstructor Bio: Cristina A. Pop, who comes from Transylvania, is a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at MSU. Cristina received her PhD in Medical Anthropology from Tulane University in New Orleans. Her research and teaching focus on reproduction, women’s health, and cervical cancer prevention. She plans a future project about cadaveric organ donation in Romania.

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