Dates: Wednesdays; Jan. 31–March 7

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church

This class will explore the extraordinary flowering of writing that characterized the Latin American Fictional Boom Movement of the 20th Century, ranging from the “fictions” of Jorge Luis Borges, who wrote only short stories, to the inventive and playful conceits of Julio Cortazar (one of his stories was adapted into a celebrated film, “Blowup”), the witty and magical tales of Isabel Allende, the surrealism and humanity of Rosario Ferre, and the incomparable story-telling of one of the masters of the art, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Come and be amazed by the elasticity and inventiveness of this form as it has been practiced by some of the finest story-tellers of the modern era!

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: TBD

Instructor: Carolyn Pinet

PinetCarolyn Pinet taught classes in Spanish, Spain and Latin America (language, history and literature) for 30 years in MSU’s Departments of Modern Language, History and Philosophy, and in the Honors College. Recognition for her teaching includes the Letters and Science Teaching Award for Excellence. She recently taught a Wonderlust class on Fiction & Film from Argentina and Chile. She has traveled twice to Argentina, participating in an exchange program sponsored by Partners of the Americas. Her poetry collection, “Tangos, Tamaracks & the Other Woman,” appeared in 2015.


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   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust