Wonderlust at Belgrade Community Library

Wonderlust programs at the Belgrade Community Library are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank.

Location: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade

Registration: Online or catalog registration form

TOPIC:  Redefining “History” for the 21st Century

Date: Thursday, April 5

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

How “history” is perceived, defined, and used has changed over the centuries, sometimes radically. In this presentation, we will journey through history’s past, noting major shifts and the people and events that drove those shifts. Are we on the cusp of another major change? Humans are rapidly transforming the natural world in highly impactful ways. And those transformations are, in turn, transforming us – our bodies, our cultures, our institutions. Is the discipline of history expanding to include and better articulate this relatively new reality?

Presenter: Brett Walker

Walker BrettBrett Walker is Regents Professor of History at MSU, the youngest Regents Professor in the Montana University System. A Montana native, he was assistant professor of history at Yale University prior to returning to Montana in 1999. In 2013, Brett received the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for his global research project The Slow Dying: Asbestos and the Unmaking of the Modern World. At MSU, he teaches environmental history, Japanese history and world history.

 

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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