Date: Monday, May 21

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

Location: Holiday Inn, Bozeman

This presentation will focus on the People’s Republic of China from the post-Mao reform and opening (gaige kaifang) period to the present, with an emphasis on understanding the major political, economic, and social changes over the past three decades. From the turbulent 1980s to China’s (re)emergence as a global power over the past two decades, we will explore the policies and personalities that have shaped contemporary China, as well as the domestic and international ramifications of China’s rise to global preeminence.

Presenter: Maggie Greene

GreeneMaggie Greene is an assistant professor of history at MSU, teaching pre-modern to modern Chinese history and modern Chinese literature and cultural studies. She is broadly interested in the political and cultural position of Chinese entertainment and leisure from the late 19th century to the present. Her works in progress include “The Sound of Ghosts: Cultural Reform and Censorship in the People’s Republic of China,” and “A Mountaineering Party of 600 Million,” an article on the 1960 Chinese ascent of Everest.

 

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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