Location: BELGRADE COMMUNITY LIBRARY: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

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


Although every person is unique, we tend to sort ourselves into different general categories based on a few aspects of our personalities—extrovert or introvert, for example, or conservative or liberal. This program will explore questions such as: What does current research say about whether our personality attributes are determined by nature or nurture? In either case, is there an associated difference in our brain “wiring”? If so, is there evidence that such differences are inherited?

Instructors: John Miller and Chrysti “The Wordsmith” Smith.

John MillerJohn Miller is an Emeritus Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at MSU, and was a College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor. His research focused on biological mechanisms underlying information processing in nervous systems. He has degrees in physics and biology, with postdoctoral research in computational neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. In 1997, John moved to MSU from UC Berkeley to establish the Center for Computational Biology.

Smith ChrystiChrysti M. Smith holds a BS degree in Anthropology from MSU, but is far better known as the writer and host of “Chrysti the Wordsmith,” a daily 2-minute radio series recorded at KGLT-FM and syndicated on several radio markets across the West. What began as a student project for a linguistics class became Chrysti’s vocation: that of turning dictionary entries into radio stories. She is a native of Poplar, Montana, and now lives in Belgrade.

NOTE: Belgrade offerings have different registration requirements.

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.

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.



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