Date: Monday, March 19

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

Location: Holiday Inn, Bozeman

Having never left Egypt before being awarded a U.S. State Department teaching grant, Mahmoud attributes his English skills to a special teacher in Egypt, CNN and the internet. Mahmoud will discuss modern historical political events from 1950-2017, focusing on Egypt’s initial independence in 1952 and its multiple leaders and initiatives leading up to the Arab Spring in 2011. Mahmoud will also provide his perspectives on Egyptian society, covering education, justice, and health and economic systems in the years since the uprising.

Presenter: Mahmoud Dahroug

DahrongMahmoud Dahroug is from Port Said, Egypt. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Suez Canal University, and a diploma in pedagogy from Port Said University. An ESL teacher since 2012, he is also a translator, writer and editor. He is a U.S. Federal State Dept. Teacher of Critical Languages Program grant recipient, and for the 2017-2018 school year, Mahmoud is teaching Arabic to K-5 students at Bozeman Irving Elementary.

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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 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