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. 


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