Dates: Thursdays; Feb. 8, 22, March 8, 22 & April 5

Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Would you like to discover the real Montana? There is no better way than through the fiction of Ivan Doig. This course will explore Ivan’s popular trilogy: Dancing at the Rascal Fair, English Creek, and Ride with Me, Mariah Montana. In addition to discussion, readers will discover archival sources that reveal Ivan’s exploration of his own family history, his research into Montana history and the world of the western immigrant, and his interest in the work-life of “the lariat proletariat.” We will learn about the writer’s life and process as he labored to bring these novels into print.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: All books by Ivan Doig, Dancing at the Rascal Fair, English Creek and Ride with Me, Mariah Montana

Instructor: Jan Zauha

ZauhaJan Zauha is Professor and Outreach Librarian at MSU Library. She is a subject librarian in the humanities and her outreach builds collaborative relationships that bring reading and discussion into the community. She holds an MA in Literature (Clark University, Worcester, MA), and an MLS (University of Iowa).



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