Date: Monday, Nov. 6

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

Location: Holiday Inn, Bozeman

Conflicting ideas about civil rights, economic inequality, environmental justice and climate change swirl around us daily. Many of us from across the political spectrum long for progress towards resolutions; a few of us devote most of our lives to grappling with these complex issues. Mike Clark, who has deep roots in rural Appalachia, has for half a century led major organizations dedicated to making the world a fairer, more hospitable place for all. Learn what he has discovered about himself, about human nature, and about wrestling day after day with complicated social, economic and environmental challenges. His life stories offer insights to the rest of us.

Clark MikeInstructor: Mike Clark has directed nine social change organizations in a 50-year career, including the Highlander Center in Appalachia, and national environmental organizations Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace (twice) and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition (twice). These groups are known for unconventional practices and strategies in dealing with complex, so-called “wicked” problems which defy solutions. Mike lives in Bozeman.

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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 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