Presenter: Larry Carucci

  • Date: Sunday, Apr 23 (note day of week)
  • Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (note time of day)
  • Location: Holiday Inn

Located in the west central Pacific, the Marshall Islands are mere sand spits strung across the surface of the sea. Advantaged and disadvantaged by geography, residents have lived through continuous challenges – three colonial encounters prior to World War II, widespread trauma and death in major WWII battles; post-war US nuclear testing – leaving local people with environmental devastation, radiogenic illnesses, and unfulfilled promises; and now, sea rise that will destroy all habitable territory within the next century. This side trip to the Republic of the Marshall Islands invites participants to consider the profound challenges – and enduring resilience – of Marshall Islanders.

CarucciLaurence Marshall Carucci, Professor of Anthropology at Montana State University, has conducted field research for the past 45 years in the Marshall Islands and other places where Marshall Islanders reside. An adopted member of the Enewetak/Ujelang community, one of the northern atoll groups in the Marshall Islands who suffered through US nuclear testing following World War II, Larry has published numerous articles, book chapters, and books based on his anthropological work among residents of the Marshall Islands.  

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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