Date: Monday, February 26

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

Location: Holiday Inn, Bozeman

For over half a century, travel restrictions to Cuba have made this island nation somewhat of a forbidden fruit to many Americans, making us especially curious about our neighbor and eager to learn more. Contrary to the common view of Cuba as unchanging over the past decades, cultural and societal shifts inside the country, particularly since 1959, have been considerable. In this program, we will explore the major changes, focusing on such topics as health care and education, economic reforms, and social justice advances and challenges. We will also discuss the current status of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. – and their meaning for citizens of both countries.

Presenter: Jan Strout

StroutJan Strout has been traveling to Cuba since 1990, co-leading US delegations and conducting her own research with diverse Cuban women in the forefront of gender, racial, sexual health and communication rights. She is an instructor at MSU and is active in civic affairs. She co-founded Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba and the US Women and Cuba Collaboration. Jan presents frequently at MSU, in Bozeman, at the UN Commission on the Status of Women and at international conferences.

 

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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 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 www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust