There are two Wonderlust programs at Livingston Park County Public Library this semester.  Both are free and open to the public.

Location: 228 W. Callender St., Livingston

FIRST PROGRAM:  The 1877 Flight of the Nez Perce

Presenter: Walter Fleming

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 27th

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

“From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.”

On October 5, 1877, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce formally submitted to General Nelson Miles in the Bear Paw Mountains, Montana Territory, less than 40 miles from the Canadian border. Chief Joseph had led approximately 750 Nez Perce on a three month, 1,170 mile journey in an attempt to escape the inevitability of reservation life. In a journey that included passage through the newly created Yellowstone Park, the Nez Perce eluded nearly a thousand U. S. soldiers led by General Oliver Howard, until starvation and freezing temperatures forced Chief Joseph to give up his fight.

Presenter Bio: Walter Fleming is department chair of Native American Studies at Montana State University, Bozeman. He has taught American Indian history and culture courses at the university for 35 years. Fleming is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Native American History and History and Foundation of American Indian Education and co-editor of Visions of an Enduring People, and numerous book chapters and articles. Born on the Crow Indian Reservation and raised on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation (both in Montana), Fleming is an enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas.

SECOND PROGRAM: Music and the Brain

Presenter: John Miller

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26th

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

What goes on in your brain during the perception and performance of music? What are the physiological correlates of your physical and emotional reactions to music, from chills to nausea? Why does some music seem sad, and other music seem happy? This whole field of inquiry is intrinsically multidisciplinary: it attempts to unify theories from neurology and neurophysiology (how the brain is structured and how it functions) with music theory, linguistics and psychology. There has been a great deal of interest in aspects of emotional communication through music that extends beyond verbal language. We will explore this realm of human communication.

Presenter Bio: John Miller is an Emeritus Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at MSU, and was a College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor. His primary research was on the biological mechanisms underlying information processing in nervous systems. A physicist and biologist with postdoctoral research in Computational Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health, Miller was a teacher, researcher, and co-founder of the Journal of Computational Neuroscience and a faculty member for 15 years at Berkeley. At MSU, Miller established the Center for Computational Biology. He has served on several national committees, including President Clinton’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. Miller has had a long-standing interest in the cognitive neuroscience of music, language and art. 

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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