Location: BELGRADE COMMUNITY LIBRARY: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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.

NOTE: Belgrade offerings have different registration requirements.

Wonderlust programs at the Belgrade Community Library are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank.

Registration: Please call Belgrade Community Library (388-4346) during open hours:

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon. to Thurs.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. and Sat.



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