There are two programs offered this semester at the Belgrade Community Library.  These Wonderlust programs are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank.

Location: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade

Registration: Please call Belgrade Community Library (388-4346) during open hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon. to Thurs.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. and Sat.

FIRST PROGRAM: Voices of Yellowstone

Presenter: Jennifer Jerrett

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 18th

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Natural sound is an ever-present, though sometimes under-noticed, component of our lives. Sound reveals a sense of time and place and can powerfully inform our own connection to a community. But like our landscapes, our soundscapes are changing. Climate change, habitat loss, and increasing anthropogenic noise can alter or mask the rich acoustic environments around us. These alterations to our soundscapes make it especially important for us to keep listening—not only to the world around us, but to each other. Spend the evening engaged in deep listening to the species, soundscapes, and stories of America’s first national park by experiencing an aural tapestry of field recordings, interviews, and other bites of sound from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We’ll leave plenty of time for questions and discussion after our group listening event.

Presenter Bio: Jennifer Jerrett is a science editor, nature recordist, and award-winning radio producer for Telemetry, the science podcast for Yellowstone National Park and the Acoustic Atlas at Montana State University. Her work focuses on experiential storytelling through sound. Weaving high-fidelity field recordings with public radio-style reporting, Jerrett documents species and soundscapes of the region and creates sound-rich pieces that go behind the scenes to spotlight science and issues in America’s first national park.

SECOND PROGRAM: Music of the Earth: Balinese Gamelan

Presenter: Alan Leech

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1st

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Explore the music and instruments of the island of Bali to better understand how the music relates to life in the culture there. The presentation will include sound/visual recordings and live demonstrations, as well as pictures to provide visual insight to the Hindu-Buddhist background of the ancient, but still relevant Balinese arts. Assisting in the musical demonstrations are Jeffrey Vick (the current Director of Gamelan Sekar Gunung at Montana State University), and Karen Leech (a former Director of GSG). 

Presenter Bio:  Alan Leech is a retired professor from Montana State University School of Music, where he developed his popular ‘World Music’ course. His travels around the world have informed him on many topics, including cooking food from many cultures. Leech led a rewarding tour to Bali for students, faculty, and townsfolk in 1999, and founded the Bozeman Gamelan in 2000. He is a published composer, and an active performer in the Bozeman Symphony, as well as several local chamber music groups.

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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