Dates: Tuesdays; April 3–May 1

Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: Hope Lutheran Church

Each week we will examine a different “big idea”. We will take up: You are more than your brain—the roles of emotions and your body in “thinking”. How peers and neighborhood influence children’s outcomes; and are they more important than personality traits or birth order? Making decisions and judgments using mental short cuts—do they make us dumb or smart? Evolutionary psychology’s attempt to explain everything. Applying psychology—the power of placebos, evidence based practice, the replication crisis. At our first meeting class members will have an opportunity to weigh in about a topic they would like to hear about and so possibly influence my list.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: Material will be available by email or through the course folder in the Wonderlust Dropbox account, link to be provided.

Instructor: Chris O’ConnorChris OConnor

Chris O’Connor is a Professor Emerita of Grand Valley State University where she taught Social Psychology, the Psychology Senior Seminar, Psychology of Gender, and Introduction to Psychology. She has a PhD in Social Psychology from Michigan State University.



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