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Winter 2012


Curiosity never retires.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at To learn more, contact 406.243.2905 or visit us online at

Welcome to the Time of Your Life! Initially funded by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM (MOLLI) is a lifelong learning program for adult learners +50. MOLLI’s goal is to create an accessible and innovative learning environment so that active older adults from all backgrounds and levels of education may pursue learning. MOLLI builds on the rich resources of The University of Montana to offer its members an array of educational and social opportunities. As a MOLLI member you have the opportunity to: • • • • • • •

Take a broad array of courses with distinguished UM faculty, emeritus faculty, and other Missoula area instructors in a “no grade, no test” learning environment Keep active and enrich your life Meet new and interesting people Continue to learn and expand your horizons Develop new skills and explore new interests Travel and learn in new ways Stay mentally fit – and have fun

Membership is $20 per person and is renewable annually. Courses are $60 each plus fees when applicable. Some activities are free to members while others have a small fee. The benefits of membership include: • Access to the UM library • Special member only events • Guest passes to bring a friend to member events • Special “MOLLI only” parking permits during the MOLLI term • 10% discount at the UM Bookstore for textbooks “Love this and art supplies for MOLLI courses whole concept!

Very relaxing and a great non-judgmental way to learn!” ~MOLLI member

MOLLI Council Members

Cynthia Aten Ann Boone Gladys Considine Charlotte Hay Margaret Johnson Paul Lauren Patrick Mahoney Dennis O’Donnell Ray Risho Herbert Swick Burke Townsend Glenn Wood Marta York Janie Spencer, Interim Director Roger Maclean, Dean, School of Extended & Lifelong Learning Our Valued Partners

The Missoula Symphony and Chorale spectrUM Discovery Area UM President’s Lecture Series The Springs Retirement Community First Night Missoula Montana Museum of Art and Culture International Wildlife Film Festival

Table of Contents Support MOLLI 2 Course Overview 3 Course Listings Fine Arts A Backstage Pass with Doubt 4 In Prokofiev’s Footsteps 4 The Bebop Revolution 5 Dialogue on Works in Progress 5 MOLLI Member Only Event: Behind the Scenes at the Symphony 5 Humanities Finding Your Unique Voice Through Writing 6 Oklahoma! & Carousel: How Rodgers & Hammerstein Transformed the American Musical Theater 6 Swinging Through U.S. History 7 Ancient Philosophers & Modern Ideas 7 Important Insights & Understanding of Everyday Law for the Non-lawyer 7 My Love Affair with Montana 8 Legal Traditions of the World: What is “Law” Anyway? 8 Reflections on Sophocles’ Oedipus Trilogy 8 Revolutionary Russia, 1900-1929 9 Current & Political Affairs Religion & Politics: Catholicism, Protestantism & the Mexican State & Its Influence on American Politics in the 1920s America in the World Economy

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Natural & Social Sciences The Dead Do Tell Tales Infectious Diseases: Past, Present & Future Impacts on Human History Science in the Headlines, Making Informed Judgments

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MOLLI Summer Adventures in Science: Connecting the Circle


MOLLI First Night Activities on December 31, 2011


General Information


Registration Form



Support MOLLI In the past years, your membership in MOLLI has meant much more than just taking interesting courses. Your tax-deductible donations support: • Tuition waivers for those in need • Operational support which includes the following: • MOLLI Summer Adventures in Science: Connecting the Circle science camp • Developing new courses • Providing honorariums for instructors • Presenting special member events Our initial goal is to raise $25,000 by December 2011 to continue to build a sustainable MOLLI program. When you renew your membership or sign up for the Winter term, please consider making a donation by adding it to the registration form. Make sure to indicate tuition waiver or operation on your form.

Thank you for your support of lifelong learning!

Help Us Fill Up the “O” & Reach Our Goal! Your Donation is Needed to Support a Vibrant and Sustainable MOLLI Program!

“Thank you, MOLLI staff, for the scholarship you granted me to take this excellent class! By wading through Moby Dick I rediscovered my love of reading good literature.” ~MOLLI member 2


Jan. 19-Feb. 23, 2012

9:00 am-10:30 am • Finding Your Unique Voice Through Writing [No Class Feb. 2; Make-up Mar. 1] • Oklahoma! & Carousel: How Rodgers & Hammerstein Transformed the American Musical Theater [No Class Feb. 2; Make-up Mar. 1]

Jan. 20-Feb. 24, 2012

9:00 am-10:30 am • My Love Affair with Montana • Legal Traditions of the World: What is “Law” Anyway? 9:30 am-12:00 pm • Dialogue on Works in Progress [Five Extended Dates: Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17] [Dickinson, Room 208, Missoula]

11:00 am-12:30 pm • In Prokofiev’s Footsteps 1:00 pm-2:30 pm • Swinging Through U.S. History • Ancient Philosophers & Modern Ideas • Infectious Diseases: Past, Present & Future Impacts on Human History 3:00 pm-4:30 pm • The Bebop Revolution [Music Building, Room 105, UM] • Important Insights & Understanding of Everyday Law for the Non-lawyer • Religion & Politics: Catholicism, Protestantism & the Mexican State & Its Influence on American Politics in the 1920s

Upcoming Events MOLLI First Night Activities in conjunction with First Night Missoula

1:00 pm-2:30 pm • Reflections on Sophocles’ Oedipus Trilogy • America in the World Economy 3:00 pm-4:30 pm • Revolutionary Russia, 1900-1929 • Science in the Headlines, Making Informed Judgments

Tuesdays & one Monday 2:30 pm-4:00 pm • A Backstage Pass with Doubt [Tues., Dec. 27, Jan. 3, 10, 17, Mon, Jan. 23; Opening Night, Tues., Jan. 24 at 7:30 pm] [PAR/TV, Room 190, UM]


Noon-4:45 pm December 31, 2011 at UM Open to all ages with First Night button. To learn more see page 12.

Jan. 25-Feb. 29, 2012

9:00 am-10:30 am • The Dead Do Tell Tales [Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29] [The Springs Retirement Community, Missoula]

MOLLI Member Only Event

New every year!

Behind the Scenes at the Symphony A Look at Innocence: Mahler’s Fourth Symphony Darko Butorac

Tuesdays, March 6 & 13, 3:00-5:00 pm, UC Theater, UM Thursday, March 15, 7:00 pm, Rehearsal at University Theatre, UM Free with membership. Use a guest pass & bring a friend. To learn more see page 5.

Watch for upcoming MOLLI Member Only Events!


Early Start Starts Dec. 27


All courses located in the Todd Building unless otherwise noted.

Late Start Starts Jan. 25

Course Overview

MOLLI Winter 2012 Course Listings Fine Arts

Fine Arts

A Backstage Pass with Doubt

Teresa Waldorf

Tuesdays and one Monday, 2:30-4:00 pm, PAR/TV, Room 190, UM

Early Start Date: Tuesdays, Dec. 27, Jan. 3, 10, 17, Monday, Jan. 23; and Opening Night, Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 pm

Textbook: A copy of Doubt from Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Take an intimate, backstage look at the workings of a professional theatre company. Learn about the historical period of this play, with regard to the play’s content and the other award-winning plays that year. Characters and motivations will be analyzed, and time permitting, portions of the play will be staged and read aloud in class in a Reader’s Theatre format. Director Greg Johnson will meet with the class to share his in-depth script analysis and how it informed his directorial decisions. Students will also meet with the Design Team (Lighting, Set, Sound, Props, and Costumes), take a backstage tour of the Scene and Lighting Shops and the Montana Theatre, and attend interviews with the cast members. Students are invited to Blocking Rehearsals at their convenience, and to attend the Opening Night performance in the Montana Theatre. A private talk-back session with the director, cast, and designers will follow the play. About the instructor: Teresa Waldorf is the Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Montana Repertory Theatre and adjunct instructor for the UM Drama/Dance Department. Teresa’s directing credits at UM include Gypsy, Batboy, Rocky Horror Show, and Still Life With Iris. Teresa received her M.F.A. from UM in 1991 in Acting/Directing, and continues to act as much as possible. She can frequently be seen on stage acting in Montana Rep Missoula productions at the Crystal Theatre.

“Enhanced my understanding, appreciation, and love of music.” ~MOLLI member, Mad About Mahler with Darko Butorac In Prokofiev’s Footsteps

Darko Butorac

Thursdays, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

Join Darko Butorac, Music Director of the Missoula Symphony, for an in-depth look at one of the most fascinating and brilliant composers of the 20th century, best known for his beloved musical tale “Peter and the Wolf.” The course will explore a wide-ranging group of works of Prokofiev’s prolific output in numerous genres within context of his turbulent life – beginning as a child prodigy in Russia, leaving after the October Revolution, and achieving career affirmation in Paris and a perplexing return to the Soviet Union on the eve of the Second World War.

MOLLI Textbooks Textbooks are available for purchase at the UM Bookstore. Textbook prices have been discounted 10% for MOLLI members.

About the instructor: Recently praised by the Tanjug News Agency for his “exceptional energy and musicianship,” Maestro Darko Butorac is quickly establishing himself as one of the world’s most soughtafter young conductors. Following his debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic in January of 2011, he has been invited to both close the 2011 and open the 2012 concert season. Since 2007, Maestro Butorac has served as the Music Director of the Missoula Symphony and has propelled the orchestra to a new level of musical achievement, with an expanded repertoire and local premieres of works by established and emerging composers.


The Bebop Revolution

David Morgenroth

Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 pm, Music Building, Room 105, UM

As World War II raged, a tectonic shift in the jazz world displaced the music of the swing era, relegating it to anachronistic status. In its place emerged bebop – a new aesthetic, language and frame of mind. We will explore this extraordinary phenomenon, its progenitors, and how jazz developed in the post-war years. About the instructor: David Morgenroth is a pianist, arranger, composer and investment adviser living in Missoula. He holds M.M. degrees in Jazz Studies and Piano Performance from the University of North Texas. Morgenroth released his trio recording “The Shadow of Your Smile: The Music of Johnny Mandel” in early 2011, with “Verdant”, a recording of original music, to follow in early 2012.

Dialogue on Works in Progress

Marilyn Bruya

Fridays, 9:30 am-12:00 pm, Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center, Room 208, Missoula

Five Extended Length Dates: Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17

About the instructor: Marilyn Bruya, Emeritus Professor of Art, received an M.A. in Painting from Mills College in California and an M.F.A. in Painting from Bard College in New York. She then continued her education at California State University summer workshops, at Schumacher College in Devon, UK, and with a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. Bruya received numerous grants during her tenure at The University of Montana.

MOLLI Member Only Event in Conjunction with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra & Chorale Behind the Scenes at the Symphony A Look at Innocence: Mahler’s Fourth Symphony

Darko Butorac

Tuesdays, March 6 & 13, 3:00-5:00 pm, UC Theater, UM

Thursday, March 15, 7:00 pm, Rehearsal at University Theatre, UM

Join Darko Butorac, Music Director of the Missoula Symphony on an exploration of one of the most ethereal works of music – Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Mahler wrote this moving work at the height of his creative powers and was inspired by a poem that described a child’s view of heaven. This piece will be performed by the Missoula Symphony at their March concert and MOLLI members will have a special opportunity to attend a rehearsal of the orchestra at the University Theatre.

Free with MOLLI Membership. Use a guest pass & bring a friend. Please RSVP. The Missoula Symphony Orchestra & Chorale performs at UM’s University Theatre on March 17 at 7:30 pm & March 18 at 3:00 pm. Purchase your ticket at 5

Fine Arts

Have you been working on an art project at home and need fresh ideas on how to proceed? Is the color in your paintings not quite right and you’re not sure how to change it? Is there too much detail in your work or too much empty space around the main subject? Bring those drawings, paintings or any 2-D work for group discussion led by the instructor. Emphasis will be on positive suggestions for improvement of composition, color and use of materials. Bring a work in progress for the first class discussion!

Humanities Finding Your Unique Voice Through Writing

Dorothy Patent

Thursdays, 9:00-10:30 am, Todd Building, UM

Late End Date: No Class Feb. 2 [Make-up March 1]


If you would love to write but a voice in your head tries to tell you that what you put down on paper is no good, this class is for you. We will send your internal editor off to vacation in Hawaii so you can discover your own unique and powerful writer’s voice. There will be no critiquing, just fun learning techniques to help you express yourself in words. Anyone interested in writing freely, from beginners to experienced writers, is welcome. This class will be different from previous Dorothy Patent classes and will have some new, fun exercises. About the instructor: Dorothy Patent holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of more than 130 nonfiction books for children as well as a published novel, two coauthored gardening books, and a coauthored cookbook. She has also written for more than a dozen magazines. Patent has been teaching writers how to loosen up and express themselves freely for 15 years at a variety of locales. She is a Faculty Affiliate with the Department of Environmental Studies at The University of Montana.

Oklahoma! & Carousel: How Rodgers & Hammerstein Transformed the American Musical Theater

Greg Patent

Thursdays, 9:00-10:30 am, Todd Building, UM

Late End Date: No Class Feb. 2 [Make-up March 1]

Recommended Textbooks:

(1) Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs.

(2) Liliom by Ferenc Molnar. English text by Benjamin F. Glazer.

With Oklahoma! in 1943, Rodgers & Hammerstein set the American musical on a new path, changing the Broadway musical landscape forever. Songs and dance exposed emotions and revealed the inner thoughts and feelings of farmers, cowmen, and women living and working in the Oklahoma Territory, thereby advancing the plot in highly original ways. Two years later, Carousel explored the dark themes of domestic abuse and suicide, redeemed in the end by love that transcends death. Both musicals were adapted from previous plays, and we’ll look at how Rodgers & Hammerstein accomplished their wizardry to produce totally new works of art. We’ll listen to glorious music and watch videos of stage and movie productions of Oklahoma! and Carousel featuring members of the original Broadway cast. About the instructor: Greg Patent has a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at The University of Montana for ten years. An amateur pianist with a love of classical music, he took two years of music theory on campus and for many years was instructed in piano by a faculty member in the music department. He’s been a student of the theater since childhood, and has been eagerly attending theatrical productions of plays and musicals for decades. Last year Greg taught a well-received MOLLI course on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific.

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—$20 value for $15!

** See card image to the left to learn more.


Swinging Through U.S. History

Mark Matthews

Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

This course illustrates how Americans built community and dismantled racism by coming together to dance. Through music, videos, slides and contemporary accounts the course explains the significance of the ballrooms, jook joints, honky-tonks, dance emporiums and discotheques as they evolved from the late 1600s up to 1980, at which point America seemingly stopped dancing. Topics include: Promenading toward Democracy – Turning the Square Dance into a Fetish; Jigging – The Art of Percussion Dance; Cakewalking out of Slavery; Turkey Trot to Mambo – the Evolving Ballroom Dances; Jitterbugging across the Color Line; and Twisting at the Disco – The Last Great Dance Fad. About the instructor: Mark Matthews has taught and called New England contra dances and western squares for more than twenty years. He also loves to ballroom dance. Mark is a published author and teaches writing at UM’s College of Technology. The Country Dance and Song Society will be publishing Mark’s next book on the history of the square dance. He leads conversations on dance history through the Speakers Bureau and Speakers in the Schools programs of Humanities Montana.

Ancient Philosophers & Modern Ideas

Richard E. Walton

Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

Textbook: Greek Philosophy: Thales to Aristotle edited by Reginald E. Allen.

We moderns flatter ourselves in believing that all the ideas that shape our thinking about the great issues of the day are relatively recent in origin, and usually may properly be denoted “discoveries.” Certainly, we suppose such definitive modern theories as moral relativism and the social contract theory of law and government date from no earlier than the Enlightenment. Our sample of original works from the ancient Greek philosophers will severely challenge this modern conceit. About the instructor: Richard E. Walton is a native of Montana. He earned degrees in mathematics and philosophy from The University of Montana, and did his graduate work at The University of Oregon and The Claremont Graduate School. He joined The University of Montana faculty in 1969 and was honored with the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1989. He co-founded the UM-St. Patrick Hospital Institute of Medicine and Humanities, and served on its Board for several years. He also served as a member of the St. Patrick Hospital Ethics Committee. He has published and presented papers in ancient philosophy, medical ethics, and other philosophical areas.

Important Insights & Understanding of Everyday Law for the Non-lawyer

Larry E. Riley

Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

This course will include an explanation of how laws are made, implemented and applied by trial courts in civil and criminal matters and what goes on during a trial. Also reviewed will be: 1) domestic relations including divorce, child custody, child support, parenting plans, adoptions, guardianships and grandparent rights, and 2) basic property rights including owning and selling real and personal property and landlord-tenant relationships. The last class will be an open discussion with two active Missoula trial court judges. About the instructor: Larry E. Riley is a Senior Partner at Garlington, Lohn & Robinson and also teaches at The University of Montana School of Law. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (restricted to 2% of trial lawyers in the U.S.) and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (restricted to 1% of trial lawyers in the U.S. and Canada). 7


“Thanks for jump starting my interest in an area I previously knew nothing about.” ~MOLLI member

My Love Affair with Montana

Hal Stearns

Fridays, 9:00-10:30 am, Todd Building, UM

Montana has tales galore of cows and cowboys, Indian tribes inhabiting the mountains and plains, river stories and homesteaders, writers, poets and artists, railroad builders and mining magnets, folks famous and infamous, and politicos both good and bad. All have contributed to making the “Last Best Place” our special home. About the instructor: Hal Stearns, a native of Harlowton with generations of ranchers, homesteaders and newsmen in his family, holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.A. and doctorate from The University of Montana. He taught for 34 years in Germany, at Sentinel High School and at The University of Montana. Honored as Montana’s Teacher of the Year and Outstanding U.S. History Teacher, he was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities grants and was a Keizai Koho Fellow to Japan. He also served in the Montana Army National Guard for 35 years, attaining the rank of Brigadier General.


“Hal Stearns is a national treasure!” ~MOLLI member Legal Traditions of the World: What is “Law” Anyway?

Anna Conley

Fridays, 9:00-10:30 am, Todd Building, UM

This course will discuss what “law” is, then explore the major legal traditions in the world, including: 1) the common law, which is our tradition, its origins in England, and its development in the United States; 2) Islamic law, its historic roots, how it functions in present day, and its unique characteristics as a religiously-based legal tradition; 3) the civil law, which comprises most of Europe, Asia and Latin America, including its historical roots in Roman law and its unique evolution; and 4) indigenous informal legal systems, termed “chthonic law,” and other religious traditions, including Talmudic and Hindu law. About the instructor: Anna Conley is an attorney at Datsopoulos, MacDonald and Lind, P.C. in Missoula. She received her J.D. from George Washington Law School in Washington D.C. She received her LL.M. (Master of Law) and D.C.L. (Doctor of Civil Laws) from McGill University’s Faculty of Law in Montreal in Comparative Law. She has practiced in San Francisco, Seattle and Missoula.

Reflections on Sophocles’ Oedipus Trilogy

Fred McGlynn

Fridays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Todd Building, UM Textbook: Sophocles: The Oedipus Cycle translated by Fitts and Fitzgerald. We will discuss the three plays, which constitute the Oedipus trilogy: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. The three plays were written at different times in Sophocles’ life and reflect different interests: tragedy, morality and the state, and the difference between moral UC Reserved and tragic responsibility with the potential for redemption. This MOLLI Social Tables will be a largely discussion-based class centering around the interweaving of the themes in these remarkable plays. Each term, tables will be reserved

in the University Center Food Court for MOLLI members to socialize from 8:00 am-5:00 pm before, during, and after classes on Thursdays and Fridays. The tables are located in the far Southeast corner near the brick wall and will have signs noting the reservation.

About the instructor: Professor McGlynn is a professor emeritus in philosophy. His specialties are phenomenology, existentialism, and aesthetics. In addition to philosophy, Professor McGlynn has also taught Intro to Humanities for over 30 years. He has won the Teacher of the Year Award and was the recipient of the 2009 Governor’s Humanities Award. 8

Revolutionary Russia, 1900-1929 Robert H. Greene

Fridays, 3:00-4:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

Textbook: Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov.

In the spring of 1917, after three hundred years of rule in Russia, the Romanov dynasty came crashing down amidst war, social unrest, and popular demand for revolution. In a matter of months, the Bolshevik Party came to power under the leadership of Lenin, and announced the formation of the world’s first socialist state. The next 75 years would witness unprecedented efforts to refashion the very foundations of Russian society, politics, and culture. This course will make use of primary sources, scholarly essays, archival documents, literature, memoirs, film, and visual culture as a way of introducing students to the tumultuous history of revolutionary Russia. About the instructor: Robert H. Greene completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and is associate professor of history at The University of Montana, where he has taught since 2006. He is the author of Bodies Like Bright Stars: Saints and Relics in Orthodox Russia, and teaches courses in the social and cultural history of Russia, the Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe.

Current & Political Affairs Religion & Politics: Catholicism, Protestantism & the Mexican State & Its Influence on American Politics in the 1920s

Rodolfo Villarreal-Rios

Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

The course provides an overview on how, throughout Mexican history, the Catholic Church and the State engaged in a constant power struggle. The confrontation reached a peak during the 1920s, threatening to become an issue in the American presidential elections of 1928. However, President Coolidge’s silent diplomacy avoided a religious confrontation on American soil. In 1929, through the intervention of the American Ambassador in Mexico, Dwight Morrow, an agreement was signed to finally settle the religious conflict in Mexico. This accord prevailed until 1992, when the Mexican government established diplomatic relations with the Vatican and recognized the citizenship rights of Mexican priests. About the instructor: Villarreal-Rios received his Ph.D. and M.A. in History at The University of Montana, his M.A. in Economics at the University of Colorado, and his B.A. in Economics at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. He authored the dissertation: “Independent Internationalism in Practice: U.S.-Mexican Relations from 1919 to 1929.” His areas of interest include U.S.-Mexican relations and Church-State relations. He was also an official of the Mexican government for about twenty years and has worked as a columnist for several Mexican newspapers.

America in the World Economy

Joanna Shelton

Fridays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

Americans are used to being “Number One” – the world’s biggest economy, one of its largest traders and investors, and home to the world’s most sought-after currency. We now face many challenges, from the sea of red ink at home, to the economic problems in Europe and Japan, and the rise of China. Policy makers face a range of unpopular choices in keeping the country on a sound economic footing. Is the future really as bleak as it sometimes seems? We’ll explore America’s problems and prospects. This course is for anyone concerned about our country’s future. About the instructor: Joanna Shelton’s career as an international economist with the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, and as Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris put her at the heart of policy making on economic and trade policy. She has taught adults and undergraduates and lectured frequently on the economic challenges facing America today. She received her M.A. in international economics from the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of International Studies in Washington, D.C., and her B.A. in political science and French from Duke University. 9

Current & Political Affairs

Natural & Social Sciences

Natural & Social Sciences

The Dead Do Tell Tales

Garry Kerr

Wednesdays, 9:00-10:30 am

The Springs Retirement Community, Missoula

Late Start Date: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Course held at The Springs Retirement Community. All MOLLI members welcome.

What happens when you discover a skeleton in the closet, literally? How can an anthropologist determine a person’s age and sex from a fragment of bone? Are those bones found in the woods from a bear…or a human? Join this fun and fascinating hands-on class, and learn to distinguish human from non-human, sex, age, stature, trauma, and time since death using real bones, casts, and other remains. On the final day you will be given a case to assess to see what Forensic Investigators really do. About the instructor: Garry Kerr, from the Department of Anthropology, was voted best professor at The University of Montana by the readers of The Missoulian 2010, as well as three times in the Independent. Frequently seen at Missoula’s Farmers Market, he is fascinated by where food comes from, and his eclectic stand has morels, organic berries, fruit trees, and water pond plants. Garry is currently being raised by two Akita dogs surrounded by fruit trees and water fountains.

Infectious Diseases: Past, Present & Future Impacts on Human History

George Risi

Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

Infectious diseases have impacted mankind for millennia. Smallpox, plague, tuberculosis, HIV and many other diseases have challenged us and changed the course of human history. In recent years, increased understanding of the human immune system and how pathogens can bypass immune mechanisms to cause disease have led to major advances in conquering infectious diseases, but major challenges remain. The successes and failures of attempts to control diseases will be discussed in the context of our evolving understanding of the human genome, virus and bacterial pathogens, immunology and vaccines. This course will explore the real possibility for the global elimination of polio, measles, malaria, hepatitis B, and other diseases in our lifetimes. About the instructor: George Risi is a physician specializing in infectious diseases. He has recently returned from a sabbatical year at the London School of Hygiene where he earned a Master’s Degree in the Immunology of Infectious Diseases. His major interests are in disease prevention and the development of vaccines to control disease. For the past 8 years he has served as the clinical consultant to the Rocky Mountain Labs in Hamilton, MT, a research facility operated by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases which is engaged in research on a variety of new and emerging infectious diseases.

Science in the Headlines, Making Informed Judgments

Richard Bridges

Fridays, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

Today’s headlines and political debates are filled with issues related to biomedical research, including stem cells, cloning, genomics, genetic screening, gene therapy, and personalized therapeutic drugs. Unfortunately, understanding these issues and making informed judgments requires information that is typically not included in these articles or discussions. This course will give the participants an opportunity to gain usable insight into these topics, providing the background necessary to build informed opinions. This course will be a hybrid lecturediscussion format and will be augmented by the participation of a number of guest scientists. About the instructor: Richard Bridges is Professor and Chair in the Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences within the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Research in his group focuses on studying transport proteins that regulate the movement of signaling molecules and drugs into and out of cells within the nervous system. This work is relevant to ALS, traumatic injury, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors, viral infection, and drug addiction.


Classroom Facilitators for Winter 2012 Term Please consider joining our support team of classroom facilitators for the Winter 2012 term. From introducing the instructor to distributing and collecting evaluations, our classroom facilitators help ensure courses run smoothly. Facilitators must be registered, paid, and currently attending the class they will assist with. Facilitators must be available for the full term and attend a brief orientation. Facilitators will be selected on a firstcome, first-served basis. If you are interested in this opportunity, fill out a brief survey at or contact the MOLLI office at 406.243.2905.

MOLLI Summer Adventures in Science: Connecting the Circle Grandparents: bring your 6-12 year old grandchild to UM and learn from each other with scientific exploration in both classroom & field experience. The fun begins with an opening science show, after which participants will go to their chosen learning path. Previous years learning paths have included learning about incredible edible bugs, bees, bones & stones, gardening & nutrition, explosive chemistry, and robotics! The summer camp committee is hard at work making plans for next summer’s camp. Visit our website at in the coming months for camp dates and updated information. [grandparent relationship optional – learning teams are made up of one +50 adult and one 6-12 year old child]

“It’s a great experience for both generations.”

~MOLLI member Summer Adventures in Science Camp

Participants building robots in the Robotics Sensory Garden.

The 2011 Connecting the Circle summer camp was a huge success with 139 participants.


MOLLI Summer Adventures in Science

Volunteer Opportunity

MOLLI First Night Activities

MOLLI First Night Activities

December 31, 2011

Join MOLLI for one or all of these fun activities in conjunction with First Night Missoula, the annual community New Year’s Eve celebration. Visit to purchase your First Night button. MOLLI activities are open to ALL ages with a First Night button. Learn more at

Incredible Edible Bugs

Activities open to all ages! First Night button required.

Annika Johns, UM researcher Noon-12:45 pm, North Underground Lecture Hall, UM Did you know that you consume five pounds of insects a year without knowing it? The U.S. is one of very few cultures in the world that does not eat insects intentionally. Learn which insects are edible and why people eat insects. Participants will be lead through a “buffet of bugs” and have the opportunity to try some popular insect foods. Participants will also have the opportunity to hold live rhinoceros beetles!

Mr. G Science Show Glenn Govertsen, retired Sentinel High School physics teacher 1:00-2:30 pm, Urey Lecture Hall, UM The “Mr. G Science Show” combines the dynamics of music, lasers, raw eggs, fiber optics, toilet paper and other miscellaneous objects. This is a unique opportunity for everyone to be exposed to exciting demonstrations of scientific concepts and captivating phenomena. It’s all about learning that Science Rocks!

Montana Tales Hal Stearns, retired Sentinel High School history teacher & Brigadier General 2:00-2:45 pm, North Underground Lecture Hall, UM 20 stories in 45 minutes! From dogs and elk to college football, special places to visit, some good guys and some bad, Hal will share a bit of his never-ending fascination with our beloved Big Sky Country, past and present.

Let’s Act for the Young & Young at Heart Margaret Johnson, author & retired Sentinel High School theatre teacher 3:00-3:45 pm, Todd Building, UM We will be doing a variety of easy, fun exercises and improvisations both vocal & physical, experiencing something creative in small groups just for the fun of it. Whether you are tween, retired or somewhere in between, just bring your enthusiasm and a willingness to laugh – a lot. As we warm up with large group activities, try not to be late – you don’t want to miss a minute!

Inside Today’s Iran: A Look at the People, the Politics & the Problems Mark Johnson, retired Ambassador & founder of Montana World Affairs Council & Sally Cummins, retired legal advisor for U.S. State Department 4:00-4:45 pm, North Underground Lecture Hall, UM The Nuclear crisis in Iran has attracted the world’s attention. For thirty years the governments of the U.S. and Iran have viewed each other with suspicion and animosity. Mark Johnson and Sally Cummins have had several opportunities to visit Iran and speak with Iranian citizen in many cities and villages. Find out what is happening behind the scenes and what Iranians really think of Americans. Special Thanks to the SELL Conference Center (Todd Building) for donating space for MOLLI First Night Activities.


General Information Membership Dues $20 per person annually

Winter Special Take two $60 winter courses for only $100. This is a 33% savings on your second course!

Course Fees $60 per course plus fees when applicable How To Register

Please note the discount is for one participant enrolling in two $60 courses.

Online at Call us at 406.243.2905

Email us at

Hand deliver your form to the Todd Building, UM Campus, adjacent to the UC. Mail the registration form to: The University of Montana, School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, MOLLI, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812 Fax your registration form to 406.243.6224

Course Location

With a few exceptions, most courses are held in the Todd Building on the UM campus, adjacent to the University Center.

Financial Assistance

Tuition waivers are available to ensure everyone +50 has the opportunity to engage in lifelong learning. To learn more call 406.243.2905.

MOLLI Gift Cards

MOLLI membership and/or course gift cards are wonderful presents for family and friends. Purchase a MOLLI gift card for a membership ($20), or MOLLI course ($60), or both ($80). To learn more about giving the gift of learning call 406.243.2905.

Parking and Transportation Options

$25 Special MOLLI Parking Pass for Jan. 19-Feb. 24 ONLY. This pass is good for use in pay-by-hour and decal parking lots at UM. $12 Special MOLLI Six Day Pass is good for six individual days of parking on campus. This pass is good for use in pay-by-hour and decal parking lots at UM. To purchase a pass call 406.243.2905 or add it to your registration form. To learn more about where to park on campus go online to parking.pdf or contact the MOLLI staff for a copy of the map. Please do not park in reserved spaces or your vehicle will be towed!

About the Costs of MOLLI

MOLLI tries very hard to keep costs at a minimum so everyone can participate. However, we know that some people may still need help. Therefore, MOLLI is pleased to offer a tuition waiver program to ensure everyone +50 has the opportunity to engage in lifelong learning. This fund has been supported by donations from MOLLI instructors and generous members.

To learn more about financial assistance through the MOLLI tuition waiver program, or if you would like to consider a gift to this fund so that others can enjoy learning, please call 406.243.2905.

Textbooks Textbooks for MOLLI courses can be purchased at the UM Bookstore at a 10% discount. They are available in the general books section. Donations Your tax-deductible donation to MOLLI will go a long way in support of tuition waivers, special events, and courses. To learn more, call 406.243.2905.

General Information

Bernard Osher Foundation The Osher Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through the support of lifelong learning institutes such as MOLLI. The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Osher Foundation has now funded more than 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes on campuses of colleges and universities from Maine to Hawaii. Funding for MOLLI is contingent upon membership growth goals, so membership matters! To learn more about The Bernard Osher Foundation visit online at

Questions? The University of Montana School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, MOLLI 32 Campus Drive Missoula, MT 59812 406.243.2905 Fax 406.243.6224


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MOLLI Winter 2012 Brochure  
MOLLI Winter 2012 Brochure  

Brochure with Winter 2012 course descriptions.