Date: Monday, Nov. 13

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

Location: Holiday Inn, Bozeman

In the last 30 years, the western U.S. has experienced several severe fire events, starting with the 1988 fires in Yellowstone. Are these fires unprecedented or are they “business as usual?” Paleoecologist Cathy Whitlock will explore this and related topics as she chronicles the environmental history of the Greater Yellowstone region over the past 15,000 years.

Whitlock CathyInstructor: Cathy Whitlock is Professor of Earth Sciences at MSU. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership and scholarly contributions in the field of long-term environmental change. She has published over 180 scientific papers on this topic. While her research has taken her to every continent, the secrets of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are a continual source of inspiration and fascination for Cathy and her students.

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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