PRESENTER: Michael Beehler
DATES: Monday, February 16 
TIME: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
LOCATION: Aspen Pointe

MSUWonderlust Spr15-PRINT Page 12 Image 0001COURSE INFO: How can poetry matter in a contemporary world dominated by 140-character Twitter feed and mass consumed narratives?  In this Side Trip we will consider this question.  First, we will look at the issue of poetry matters:  that is, we will spend the first half of the class getting familiar with the matter or details necessary to reading poetry in a careful and rewarding manner. Then, in the second half, we will use our reading skills to look at how poetry matters by closely reading some poems to understand the complexity of their construction and the significance of their effect.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Michael Beehler is Professor Emeritus of English at Montana State University.  He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1978, and before coming to MSU in 1985 taught at the University of Texas at Austin.  He has published and lectured widely on American literature, literary theory, and architecture and literature.  From 2003 to 2007 he served as Chair of the MSU English Department, and in 2003 was awarded the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  He currently enjoys retirement, which includes singing with the Intermountain Opera and the Bozeman Symphony Chorus.



MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust