Date: Monday, October 9, 2017

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday  Inn, Bozeman

Although every person is unique, we tend to sort ourselves into different general categories based on a few aspects of our personalities—extrovert or introvert, for example, or conservative or liberal. This program will explore questions such as: What does current research say about whether our personality attributes are determined by nature or nurture? In either case, is there an associated difference in our brain “wiring”? If so, is there evidence that such differences are inherited?

Instructors:  John Miller and Chrysti “The Wordsmith” Smith

John MillerJohn Miller is an Emeritus Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at MSU, and was a College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor. His research focused on biological mechanisms underlying information processing in nervous systems. He has degrees in physics and biology, with postdoctoral research in computational neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. In 1997, John moved to MSU from UC Berkeley to establish the Center  for  Computational biology.

Smith ChrystiChrysti M. Smith holds a BS degree in Anthropology from MSU, but is far better known as the writer and host of “Chrysti the Wordsmith,” a daily 2-minute radio series recorded at KGLT-FM and syndicated on several radio markets across the West. What began as a student project for a linguistics class became Chrysti’s vocation: that of turning dictionary entries into radio stories. She is a native of Poplar, Montana, and now lives in Belgrade.

 

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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