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 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