DATES: Thursdays; March 19, 26 April 2, 9, 16 & 23 
TIME: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Aspen Pointe

volcanoCOURSE INFO: The course is a cultural study of the Roman town of Pompeii, famously buried in the 79 AD eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Topics include its richly evocative and complex history as a prosperous town on the Bay of Naples in the ancient world, with vibrant entries into conversations about art and architecture as experienced in the context of daily life.   This course also considers its later phases of reception—its second and third lives so to speak-- as a site for treasure hunting by the Bourbon kings, a site for the modern development of archaeological methods, a site for tourism with attendant preservation issues, and even its continuing existence in terms of pop culture references, including books and films.


READINGS: The Fires of Vesuvius by Mary Beard; ISBN-13: 978-06-740-4586-6

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Dr. Regina Gee is an Associate Professor of art history in the School of Art with a Ph.D. in Roman Art and Architecture (UT Austin). Since 2007, she has been part of the Oplontis Project, which has as its goal the complete publication of the Roman villa, “Villa Oplontis” buried in the 79 eruption that buried the nearby town of Pompeii.  Within the project, Dr. Gee has the responsibility for the publication of the frescoes in the villa, which are some of the most spectacular from ancient Italy and include over 60 rooms of wall paintings.  She has published and lectured extensively on the topic, including at the Cornell campus in Rome, the University of Texas at Austin, Princeton University, the University of Kansas and, most recently, the Getty Villa in Malibu.

COST: $75


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