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MOLLI Fall 2012

Curiosity never retires.

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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 (UM) 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 teachers 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; Explore new skills and develop new interests; Travel and learn in new ways; and Stay mentally fit – and have fun!

Membership is $20 per person and is renewable annually. Courses are $60 each. Some activities are free to members while others have a small fee. The benefits of membership include: • Access to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM • Special member only events • Special “MOLLI only” parking permits during the MOLLI term • 10% discount at the Bookstore at UM for textbooks and art supplies for MOLLI courses

“Love this whole concept! Very relaxing and a great non-judgmental way to learn” ~MOLLI member

MOLLI Council Members

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

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Table of Contents Support MOLLI 2 Course Overview 3 Course Listings 4 Fine Arts Celebrate: Piano! 4 Art Movements through Photography 4 Art and War 5 The Secrets of Seeing 5 th Guitar Music Up to the 20 Century – Live and Local 5 The Practice of Drawing 6 Say It With Music! A Celebration of the American Musical Theatre Song 6 A Backstage Pass to Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues 6 Humanities Mending Words: The Art of Restorative Conversation 1912: One Hundred Years Ago and Yet So Close Nature and Culture: A View through the Lens of Literature A Jew, a Shrew, a Moor, and More: Shakespeare’s Outsiders The Sacramental Lens: Seeing with a Poet’s Eye st Can Religion Make Sense in the 21 Century? An Inside View of Montana Territory through the Writings of Frank B. Linderman (1869-1938) Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion Hinduism: An Introduction Civil War: Roots and Echoes

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Current and Political Affairs America in the World Economy The American Empire: Its Origins and Prospects The Legacy of U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Confrontation and Cooperation

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Natural and Social Sciences Astronomy’s Golden Age Global Africa

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MOLLI Special Member Events


General Information


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Support MOLLI Fall 2012 Dear MOLLI member, “How lucky we are to have MOLLI.” We hear this repeated many times in the Missoula area. We also hear, “I can’t wait until I’m old enough or retired so I can take MOLLI classes.”

Support MOLLI

We ARE lucky: Lucky in our endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation, the annual interest from which helps defray the costs of MOLLI classes… Lucky to have engaged students who sign up each MOLLI term… Lucky to have knowledgeable, dedicated faculty who are excited to present material they love to an enthusiastic audience… Lucky to have dedicated volunteers to oversee the workings of MOLLI… Lucky to be a program within the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning at UM to access the benefits of UM and its capable staff...

As someone once said, “luck is opportunity meeting preparedness.” Your $20 membership gives us a sound base from which to plan. The cost of a MOLLI class to you is $60, and the actual cost of an average MOLLI class is approximately $100 per student, including faculty stipends, room rental, tech support and part-time MOLLI staff. As any savvy investor knows, the interest we receive from the Bernard Osher Foundation endowment varies from year to year, depending on the market, and inflation is always a factor. Your support of MOLLI will help ensure that our lifelong learning initiatives are alive, vibrant and accessible not only for us today but for future generations of lucky MOLLI members. To receive continued support from the Osher Foundation, it is important that we demonstrate community support through private gifts. Please consider making a gift to MOLLI today. For more information about the MOLLI program, call 406.243.2905. Visit our website at or use the remittance envelope provided with this brochure to make your gift today. Thank you and see you in class, Your Friends in the MOLLI Council


Course Overview Thursdays

All Courses are in the Todd Building, UM unless otherwise noted.

October 4 - November 8, 2012

9:00 am – 10:30 am • Mending Words: The Art of Restorative Conversation • 1912: One Hundred Years Ago and Yet So Close • Celebrate: Piano! [Music Building, Music Recital Hall - Room 115, UM] 11:00 am –12:30 pm • Nature and Culture: A View through the Lens of Literature • A Jew, a Shrew, a Moor and More: Shakespeare’s Outsiders 1:00 pm–2:30 pm • The Sacramental Lens: Seeing with a Poet’s Eye • Art Movements through Photography 3:00 pm–4:30 pm • Can Religion Make Sense in the 21st Century • Astronomy’s Golden Age • Global Africa

Thursday Evening Course 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm • Art and War


October 5 - November 9, 2012

9:00 am–10:30 am • The Secrets of Seeing • Guitar Music Up to the 20th Century – Live and Local 9:00 am-12:00 pm on Oct. 5, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9 (No class on Oct. 12) • The Practice of Drawing [Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center, Missoula] 11:00 am–12:30 pm • An Inside View of Montana Territory through the Writings of Frank B. Linderman (1869-1938) • Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion • America in the World Economy 1:00 pm–2:30 pm • Say It With Music! A Celebration of the American Musical Theatre Song [Music Building, Room 105, UM] • The American Empire: Its Origins and Prospects • Hinduism: An Introduction 3:00 pm–4:30 pm • Civil War: Roots and Echoes • The Legacy of U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Confrontation and Cooperation

Watch the MOLLI website for upcoming dates and registration information for

Teresa Waldorf’s “A Backstage Pass to Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues”

Upcoming Events Special Member Event:

Developments in the Middle East: An Update

Mark Johnson Thursday, September 27, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, University Center 330-333, UM To learn more please see page 12.

Watch for a Special Member Event in Conjunction with

Labor and Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection Exhibit on display September 6 – January 5 at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Meloy Gallery


MOLLI Fall 2012 Course Listings Fine Arts Celebrate: Piano! Steven Hesla and Barbara Blegen Thursdays, 9:00 am-10:30 am, Music Building, Music Recital Hall - Room 115, UM

Fine Arts

Textbook: Five Centuries of Keyboard by John Gillespie The University of Montana’s New Steinway Concert Grand Piano has arrived! Thanks to generous contributions from more than 100 community members, added to funding from UM’s School of Music and College of Visual and Performing Arts, the monies needed to purchase the first new Steinway Concert Grand Piano in 38 years were assembled in less than 10 weeks during Spring Semester, 2012. It was an amazing outpouring of musical love! Now Steven Hesla and Barbara Blegen return to the MOLLI stage to co-host a journey through concert repertoire from five centuries, with insights and performances of music that will find new voice through this splendid instrument. Additional guest performers will abound in this musical feast, coupled with discussions of style, artistry, and what makes artistic performances “tick.”  Come celebrate the music, the artists, and especially, the new Steinway Concert Grand Piano! About the instructors: Professor Steven Hesla, a faculty member at The University of Montana since 1978, received his Bachelor of music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio, and his Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Prior to his employment at The University of Montana, he served on the faculty at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. A former President of the Montana State Music Teachers Association, Steven has also served on the Music Teachers National Association Foundation Board of Trustees. He has performed extensively in the United States and Europe, both as a soloist and as pianist with the Montana Piano Trio. Professor Hesla has been a recipient of The University of Montana School of Fine Arts Distinguished Professor Award, and his students continue to distinguish themselves with honors in festivals and competitions. Barbara Blegen has performed in concerts throughout the U.S., Europe, and Canada as a recital soloist, as an accompanist, as a collaborator in chamber music concerts, and as a soloist with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis, and Baltimore Symphonies. Her work as a Community Concert Artist under Columbia Artists Management, Inc. has been highly acclaimed. She played on “The Tonight Show” with her sister Judith, who was also making waves in the opera world and would become a major star of the Metropolitan Opera. Barbara recorded and toured all across the United States in solo recitals, and has accompanied some of the world’s finest musicians.

Art Movements through Photography Eileen Rafferty Thursdays, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Todd Building, UM We will focus on the specific art movements that have happened since photography’s inception in 1839. Beginning with Pictorialism in the 1800’s and ending with Postmodernism (today), we will explore the work, photographers and influences of each movement and their effect on the medium of photography and the art world in general. We will also explore what was happening culturally, politically, artistically, and technologically to aid in the birth and demise of each movement. We will finish with a discussion on how these movements can inspire and influence our photography today. About the instructor: Eileen Rafferty is an artist who combines her lifelong study of photography with digital technology to create photography, mixed media, and video. Based on ideas of memory, photographic history, and visual culture, her work fuses archival imagery and processes with modern technology to join the past and the present. She received her MFA in Photography/Film from VCU in Richmond, VA and currently teaches at Rocky Mountain School of Photography.


Art and War H. Rafael Chacón Thursdays, 4:45 pm-6:30 pm, Todd Building, UM For better or for worse, war is with us. Human conflict in the form of taking up arms is a pervasive subject in our epic narrative and in the history of art. In this course, Professor Chacón explores the often sordid and always rich topic in the visual arts. About the instructor: Dr. H. Rafael Chacón is a Professor of Art History and Criticism in the School of Art at The University of Montana. He researches and lectures on a wide range of art historical and critical subjects. He is currently creating an exhibition on the Art of World War I.

The Secrets of Seeing Kathleen S. Eyster Fridays, 9:00 am-10:30 am, Todd Building, UM “The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.” --- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Have you been puzzled by why paint, carpet, or other colorful things look different at home than at the store? Have you wondered why the photographs you take often don’t look like what you saw? Or are you curious about what causes optical illusions? This course explores the mysterious ways our visual system affects how we perceive light, shadow, color, shape and depth. Using examples and in-class exercises, you will experience how our perceptual biases affect what we see. You can’t always believe your eyes!

Guitar Music Up to the 20th Century – Live and Local P. Keith Hardin Fridays, 9:00 am-10:30 am, Todd Building, UM We will examine the history of instrumental guitar music from medieval and renaissance transcriptions through the rich and varied Baroque Period, finishing with Romantic and Classical music up to the beginning of the 20th Century. We will listen to the music of composers like De Visee, Dowling, Couperin, Bach, Sor, Giuliani, and many others. J.S. Bach’s music will take up one entire class period. Each class will consist of a short lecture, live and recorded performances of selected relevant music, then the instructor will perform some relevant pieces on the guitar or other instruments. We will discuss interpretations of the music and how the music reflects the period in which it was created. About the instructor: P. Keith Hardin has been a guitarist/composer for over 40 years. He is also a painter with pieces in collections in New York, Italy, California, and Montana. He has degrees from the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington. He worked for a number of years at the Juilliard School in New York City.

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Fine Arts

About the instructor: Kathy Eyster is a nature photographer who discovered the fascinating realm of visual perception while doing research for her photography classes at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and The Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula. Besides having images published in magazines and calendars, Kathy has served as technical editor for three books about Adobe Photoshop®. She holds a Master’s degree in British Literature from Northern Illinois University.

The Practice of Drawing Marilyn Bruya Fridays, 9:00 am-12:00 pm on Oct. 5, 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9 (No class on Oct. 12), Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center, Missoula Maximum Number of Students: 15 Supplies: Please do ONE of the following with regard to supplies for this course: 1. Returning MOLLI students may bring drawing supplies obtained from a previous course taught by Marilyn Bruya. Please be sure to check the MOLLI website to ensure you have all of the required supplies. 2. Students may purchase the required packet of drawing supplies which is available at the Bookstore at The University of Montana. Approximate cost of the drawing supplies packet is $30.

Fine Arts

Please note: Students must attend the first class to participate in this course as well as bring the required supplies with them on that day. The Practice of Drawing is the practice of seeing in a new way and learning how basic tools can respond to what you see. It is like the practice of yoga or a new language in that talent and prior experience are not necessary any more than in a beginning language class. This is a non-competitive, self-paced course and those with previous experience are welcome. The first three classes have structured exercises and the final two classes allow students a choice of projects. About the instructor: Marilyn Bruya, Emeritus Professor of Art, received an MA in Painting from Mills College in California and an MFA in painting from Bard College in New York. She participated in CSU summer workshops and at Schumacher College in Devon, UK and a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. Travels include trips to China, study of traditional Balinese painting in Indonesia, Ukraine, Republic of Georgia, and an icon painting workshop in Oregon.

Say It With Music! A Celebration of the American Musical Theatre Song David Cody Fridays, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Music Building, Room 105, UM Maximum Number of Students: 80 This course examines and celebrates the great American showtune, (like “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific), a vital part of the American experience since the late 19th century. What makes a great showtune, and how have so many stood the test of time? In answering that question, we will study lyrics and music separately, and then how they are united and integrated into a musical, while developing characters, heightening emotions, and creating a sense of time and place. Lectures will be enlivened by video and audio recordings of the great musical theatre singers as well as UM’s talented students. Of course, MOLLI students are encouraged to sing along! About the instructor: As an Associate Professor at The University of Montana, David teaches voice, lectures in opera and musical theatre history, serves as musical director for UM Opera Theatre, and directs the masters degree program in musical theatre. He has served as musical director for the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, the UM School of Theatre and Dance, as well as the Missoula Children’s Theatre.

A Backstage Pass to Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues Teresa Waldorf Please watch the MOLLI website for upcoming dates and registration information. Maximum Number of Students: 15 Textbook: The play script for Biloxi Blues (available at the Bookstore at UM) Get a peek behind the scenes of the Montana Repertory Theatres’ (MRT) profession National touring production of Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues. Led by MRT’s Educational Outreach Coordinator, Teresa Waldorf, you’ll talk with the director, designers, and cast members as well as attend blocking and technical rehearsals to see what it takes to produce a world-class comedy. An in-depth analysis of the script and history of the times will also be on the discussion list. Class members will then attend the opening night performance as a group.


About the instructor: Teresa Waldorf is the Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Montana Repertory Theatre and an adjunct instructor for The University of Montana’s School of Theatre and Dance. Teresa’s directing credits at UM include Gypsy, Batboy, Rocky Horror Show, Still Life With Iris, and Once Upon a Mattress. Teresa received her MFA 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.

Humanities Mending Words: The Art of Restorative Conversation Joyce L. Hocker Thursdays, 9:00 am-10:30 am, Todd Building, UM

About the instructor: Joyce is a former professor of Communication Studies. She recently closed her 26 year psychotherapy practice in Missoula. This course reflects her decades-long passion for collaborative conversation. She is the co-author of Interpersonal Conflict (McGraw-Hill, 9th. ed.), the most widely used text in the field. Joyce works with individuals and organizations, facilitating restorative conversations. She is also a certified mediator.

1912: One Hundred Years Ago and Yet So Close Donna Koch Thursdays, 9:00 am-10:30 am, Todd Building, UM A contentious Presidential election grips the nation; a silent film draws large audiences; the Summer Olympic games dazzle; a magnificent ship capsizes; corporation/campaign contributions rile Montana. Are we talking about 2012? No, it is 1912, a year featuring those events along with international conflicts, the rise of middle class consumerism, explorations in the desert and ice fields, and expansion of U.S. power abroad. In this course, we will return to that fascinating year and look at politics, literature, social issues, and more in lecture form, and then have a lively class discussion about how those issues and events affect us today. About the instructor: Donna Koch has taught English and American history courses at Ball State University and Tidewater Community College. At TCC, she was also an assistant to the president. She has led book discussion groups for Humanities Montana and taught the WWII History and Novels course for MOLLI and the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. Two years ago, she focused on 1910 for a MOLLI course.

Nature and Culture: A View through the Lens of Literature Robin Patten Thursdays, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Todd Building, UM Textbook: (Optional) The Norton Book of Nature Writing by John Elder, Robert Finch, eds. This course will explore the many ways people think about the natural world and how the interaction of culture and environment influences those diverse perspectives. We will use over two centuries of writings to help us understand not only how people think about “nature,” but also why people hold those ideas. Through essays, poetry, fiction, and journals spanning from 18th century writer Gilbert White to modern day Barry Lopez, we will delve into views of nature ranging from scientific to romantic and beyond. Not just historical, but relevant for today, this course will provide a foundation to consider current ideas about our surrounding environment. About the instructor: Robin is a freelance writer and teacher, with an MS in environmental writing from the Environmental Studies Program at UM. She has a PhD in ecology from Colorado State, and further graduate



How can people restore a more vital connection with important others after difficult words or events? Key texts and brief lectures present communication concepts that are helpful for mending the torn fabric of relationships, past or current. You may not choose to carry forward all possible conversations. You will gain methods that allow you to use your best skills in person or in your journal. Topics include ethical questions, dialogic listening, questions that help us learn instead of defend, dealing with strong emotions, apology, and repair. Each class includes demonstrations and practice. Poetry and music help to set the tone. Privacy is protected; sharing is optional.

studies and teaching experience in environmental literature and history. Robin’s lifelong exploration of natural landscapes has inspired an endless curiosity about the land and our relationship with it as human beings.

A Jew, a Shrew, a Moor, and More: Shakespeare’s Outsiders Linda Woodbridge Thursdays, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Todd Building, UM Textbooks: The Merchant of Venice, Othello, and The Tempest in Signet Classics edition; if a student already owns a complete works of Shakespeare in some good edition, he or she may use that instead.


“Shakespeare’s Outsiders” will focus on Shakespeare’s representation of marginal figures, including Shylock the Jew, Othello the black African (“Moor”), Caliban the “monster” (The Tempest), Emilia the shrew (Iago’s wife in Othello), and Iago the class outsider. How fair is Shakespeare in his representation of marginal figures? Does he invite audience sympathy for them? Does he use them to critique mainstream society? Are we unduly tolerant about what seem like racist moments in Shakespeare, because of Shakespeare’s enormous cultural authority? Classroom discussions will likely reveal the openness of Shakespearean texts to radically different interpretations. About the instructor: Linda taught at the University of Alberta from 1970-1994 and at Penn State from 19942011, winning university-wide teaching awards at both. At Penn State, Linda won the Faculty Scholar Medal for research and became a Distinguished Professor and Weiss Chair in the Humanities. Long-term fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library as well as a recent Guggenheim fellow, Linda has also been President of the Shakespeare Association of America and has had eight books published.

The Sacramental Lens: Seeing with a Poet’s Eye Gary W. Hawk Thursdays, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Todd Building, UM From time to time, we sense both the surface layer of the world and some of the many layers beneath the surface, both the object of our gaze and the many things it might signify. This kind of experience lies at the heart of poetry. In this course, we will try on the perspective of a poet.  After exploring a variety of poems that introduce the theme, we will look at selected poems by Joyce Sutphen, Eamon Grennan, Jane Kenyon, and Tony Hoagland.  Once we become practiced at seeing the world in this way, we will try our own hands at poetry.  We will learn again how to see beneath the surface glare of the world; we will be invited to slow down and pay attention. About the instructor: Gary has been teaching at The University of Montana for years. He teaches the core course in the Davidson Honors College, Ways of Knowing, and for Counselor Education a course called Forgiveness and Reconciliation. In addition, he has taught six other MOLLI courses. When not at UM, he can usually be found writing poems, building furniture, or paddling Blue Bird, his sea kayak.

Can Religion Make Sense in the 21st Century? Steve Oreskovich Thursdays, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Todd Building, UM One of the functions of religion is to answer the question: “Does life have meaning?” Ultimately this question leads to further questions about the nature of God and the origin of the universe. Sunday school and catechism answers that satisfied generations, has been assailed by scientific discoveries from Darwin to the Big Bang Theory. Using insights from science and modern philosophy, theologians have attempted to redefine the nature of God, creation, heaven, hell, evil, the soul, and eternal life. This course will examine selected images of God from Genesis to the contemporary school of Process Theology. The only requirements are curiosity, a willingness to reexamine how one understands the world in which we live and the concept of God. About the instructor: Steve has taught Theology, Philosophy, and Comparative Religions in nearly every venue from elementary school to college, recently concluding 29 years in parish ministry. His teaching is a concentrated effort to move discussion of theology and faith issues beyond the world of academia and into life conversations.


An Inside View of Montana Territory through the Writings of Frank B. Linderman (1869-1938) Celeste River Fridays, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Todd Building, UM This class explores Montana history from the 1800s to the early 1900s, through the life and writings of Montana author and pioneer, Frank Bird Linderman. Along the way, we will meet other notable Montanans, including: Charles M. Russell and H.G. Merriam; tribal chiefs, Panetoo, Little Bear, and Plenty-coups; and Pretty-shield, a Crow medicine woman. The instructor’s landscape photography and collection of archival images will help participants sense the times and places across Montana where Linderman lived or about which he wrote. Session 4 will include a visit to the Linderman archival collection of artifacts, photos, and papers at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library. About the instructor: Celeste River has lectured on Linderman’s writings and Native American cultures throughout Montana since 1991 as a member of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau. Her graduate studies at UM with Joseph Epes Brown influenced the interdisciplinary nature of her future writings and presentations. Her Master’s thesis on Linderman received a Local History Award from the Montana Historical Society in 1990.

Tobin Miller Shearer Fridays, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Todd Building, UM The African-American religious experience encompasses religious practices like Voodoo, religious practitioners like Muslims, and religious places like churches. Through engagement with an exciting mix of visual images, recordings, and short readings, participants will explore Islam, Christianity, Santería, voodoo, and many other religious traditions in a quick trip through the history of religious expression within the African-American community from the colonial era through the twentieth century. In addition, participants will explore the very idea of religion itself and how the concept has influenced African-American religious practitioners and the larger religious community. Each class will include a mixture of short lectures and group discussion. About the instructor: Tobin Miller Shearer is the Director of the African-American Studies Program and an Assistant Professor of History at The University of Montana. An engaging instructor, Tobin enjoys working with MOLLI students and has learned much from those who have taken classes with him. An avid runner, Crossfit devotee, and backpacker, Tobin also loves to bake pies – whether peanut butter, apple, or banana cream.

Hinduism: An Introduction Ruth Vanita Fridays, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Todd Building, UM Hinduism is the world’s oldest continuously practiced religion, and is now the religion of a billion people worldwide. Students will be given a brief history of Hinduism’s origins and relationship to other religions (such as that of the ancient Greeks) and introduced to major Gods, Goddesses and texts through readings as well as visual materials (video clips, pictures, artifacts). They will be introduced to the wide range of philosophical and cultural diversity as well as debates around issues such as vegetarianism and violence, within Hinduism, and become familiar with today’s Hindu practices (worship, festivals, traditions) both in India and in the U.S. About the instructor: Ruth Vanita is from India; she was educated there and taught at Delhi University for many years before moving to The University of Montana where she teaches in the Liberal Studies Program. She was founding co-editor of India’s first nationwide feminist magazine and is the author of many books and articles on women, gender, and sexuality in British and Indian literatures.

“It was fun to be a student again... especially in a class without tests or grades.”


~MOLLI member


Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion

Civil War: Roots and Echoes Bob Brown Fridays, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

Current & Political Affairs

The Civil War was the most momentous event in U.S. history. More American lives were lost in the Civil War than in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Spanish American War, World Wars I and II combined. What were the causes of this cataclysmic tragedy? What were the opposing strategies and objectives? Who were the key characters and what were they like? And, what have been the social, economic, and political consequences of the Civil War extending into the 1960’s, with echoes continuing to the present day? About the instructor: Lifelong Civil War buff and renowned storyteller, Bob Brown has been a history teacher and speech and debate coach at Bigfork, Flathead, and Whitefish High Schools. He has also taught in the Department of Political Science and the School of Education at The University of Montana. After many years in politics, Bob retired from the Mansfield Center in 2010.

Current & Political Affairs America in the World Economy Joanna R. Shelton Fridays, 11:00 am-12:30 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 economic problems in Europe 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 for anyone concerned about our future. [Note: this course is an updated version of the course offered previously.] 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. She teaches adults and undergraduates and lectures frequently on economic challenges facing America today. She received her M.A. in international economics from the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and her B.A. in political science and French from Duke University.

The American Empire: Its Origins and Prospects Richard Drake Fridays, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Todd Building, UM According to the Department of Defense’s 2010 Base Structure Report, the U.S. military now maintains 662 foreign bases in 38 countries around the world. This tally, however, does not include many unlisted sites, such as the 400 bases in Afghanistan and the 88 bases in Iraq. Depending on how the term “base” is defined, the number may be as high as 1,180. The official Pentagon budget for 2012 calls for $676 billion, but this sum does not include nuclear weapons-related activities, “miscellaneous” expenses, homeland security, funding for the CIA and National Security Agency, disability pensions and medical care for veterans, counter-terrorism operations, pensions for U.S. military retirees and former civilian Department of Defense employees, and interest on loans for military spending. When these other expenses are considered, the total bill for national security funding surpasses $1.2 trillion. What is the purpose of having this far-flung and costly American military presence in the world? When did the United States desert the policy bequeathed by George Washington, for the country to mind its own business, and embark upon a course of empire? We will investigate these controversial questions in the light of research compiled by leading scholars. About the instructor: Richard Drake has taught history at The University of Montana since 1982. His courses include the Great Historians, Terrorism in the Modern World, Early and Modern Italy, Contemporary Europe, European Cultural and Intellectual History of the 19th and 20th Centuries, and Western Civilization. The author of four books on


Modern Italy, he currently is working on two other projects: “The Soul of Europe Today” and “Robert M. La Follette: The Education of an American Anti-Imperialist.” For the past twenty-six years, he has coordinated the President’s Lecture Series.

The Legacy of U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Confrontation and Cooperation Owen L. Sirrs Fridays, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Todd Building, UM This course examines how U.S.-Pakistan relations have evolved from the earliest years of the Cold War through the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan to the decade following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We will see how U.S.-Pakistan relations have been heavily influenced by India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. At the conclusion of the course, we will examine some of the most enduring patterns in U.S.-Pakistan relations and explore what the future holds for both in light of the rise of China as a global power and the anticipated drawdown of American forces in Afghanistan. About the instructor: Owen Sirrs is a culture and a South Asia regional politics instructor at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center where he helps train U.S. military personnel prior to deployment to Afghanistan. Previously, he served as a senior intelligence analyst at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington D.C.

Natural & Social Sciences Astronomy’s Golden Age George Seielstad Thursdays, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Todd Building, UM Wonders beyond anything we could imagine are now known to exist: a Big Bang origin of space and time, manufacturing of all chemical elements in stars and planets outside our Solar System, as well as exotica such as black holes, pulsars, and quasars. A century ago, none of these was known to exist. This path of discovery is a story that best illustrates humans’ extraordinary intellectual powers. Some of the methods that led to such success could be models for strengthening the world community. About the instructor: George has an AB from Dartmouth College and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He has more than four decades of experience as a professional astronomer, first at Caltech’s Radio Observatory, then at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in West Virginia where he served as Director. He also has enjoyed a Guggenheim Fellowship at Onsala Space Observatory in Sweden.

Global Africa Tobie Weist Thursdays, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Todd Building, UM Textbook: (Optional) Africa in World History: From Prehistory to the Present by Erik Gilbert and Jonathan Reynolds. 3rd Edition. Africa, the second largest continent in the world, is home to 55 nations today. Although described as “the cradle of civilization,” less is known about the history and diversity of its people than any other continent. Recent research, however, is beginning to examine the historical connections between Africa and Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This course will explore these connections including the diffusion of Christianity and Islam, the impacts of the slave trade and colonialism upon African cultures, independence from colonial rule, and the current global contexts as found in Nigeria, Botswana, Tanzania, and South Africa. About the instructor: Tobie Weist is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at The University of Montana with specializations in social anthropology and ethnohistory. She has lived for five years in Africa teaching in Nigeria and Botswana, carrying out anthropological research in Tanzania, and volunteering in the Peace Corps in South Africa.


Natural & Social Sciences

Textbook: Descent into Chaos by Ahmed Rashid.

Special Member Event

MOLLI Special Member Event: Developments in the Middle East: An Update Mark Johnson Thursday, September 27, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, University Center 330-333, UM We are witnessing an unprecedented political upheaval in the Middle East. Significant portions of the old Arab order and its power structure are collapsing and giving way to major political change. Iran and the West remain in a standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program. Below the surface, an intense power struggle within Iran is unfolding. Meanwhile, the crisis between Israel and Palestine, now in its seventh decade, shows no sign of improving. The outcome of these events will hold profound consequences for the U.S. and others. Please join us for a review and discussion of the major issues that are in today’s headlines. About the instructor: Mark Johnson was one of the first instructors in the MOLLI program. After a 30-year career in the U.S. State Department, he returned home to his native Montana where he founded the World Affairs Council of Montana. He served in Egypt, the Persian Gulf, Iran, Kuwait and was the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal. He has lectured throughout the U.S. and the Middle East region. He and his wife, Sally J. Cummins, have made several recent trips to Egypt, Iran, and the Persian Gulf.

FREE with MOLLI membership. Use a guest pass and bring a friend. Please RSVP by Friday, September 21, 2012.

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

Not a MOLLI Sponsored Event The Big Read returns to Missoula! Join Missoula Public Library in celebrating October as Big Read month as all of the Garden City reads “My Antonia” by Willa Cather. Programs and events occur all month long. For a full schedule see


General Information Membership Dues $20 per person annually

Parking and Transportation Options

$25 Special MOLLI Parking Pass for Oct. 4 - Nov. 9 ONLY. This pass is good for use in pay-by-hour and decal parking lots at UM.

Course Fees $60 per course, plus fees when applicable How To Register Online at until Friday, September 28, 2012 Call us at 406.243.2905

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Hand deliver your form to The University of Montana (UM) campus,Todd Building, adjacent to the University Center.

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

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Course tuition costs may be refunded on a case-by-case basis on or before the third week of the Fall term. Refunds may be applied as a credit towards a future MOLLI course. Refunds are not granted after the third week of the Fall term. Membership cost is non-refundable. If paying by check, social security numbers must be provided to the MOLLI office to receive a refund. Social security numbers are not required for refunds processed from credit card payments.

Course Location

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


The University of Montana is an equal opportunity education provider. For questions, concerns, or requests for reasonable accommodations, contact Roger Maclean, Dean, School of Extended and Lifelong Learning: 406.243.2983; roger.

MOLLI Gift Cards

Give the gift of learning by giving a gift card to cover the cost of membership ($20), a course ($60), or both ($80) to your family and friends. Contact the MOLLI office at 406.243.2905 for more information or to purchase one today.

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!

Financial Assistance

MOLLI tries very hard to keep costs at a minimum so everyone can participate. However, we know that some people may need some 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 for MOLLI courses are available in the general books section of the Bookstore at UM and may be purchased at a 10% discount.


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.

Bernard Osher Foundation

The Bernard Osher Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through the support of lifelong learning institutes such as MOLLI. The Foundation was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The 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 http://

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

MOLLI is pleased to offer the following special! Fall Special: Take two $60 Fall courses for only $100. This is a 33% savings on your second course! *Please note the discount is for one participant enrolling in two courses.


General Information

$12 Special MOLLI Six Day Pass is good for six individual days of parking on campus. This pass is good for use in pay-byhour and decal parking lots at UM.


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MOLLI Fall 2012 Brochure  

MOLLI Fall 2012 Brochure - Browse past course descriptions and listings.

MOLLI Fall 2012 Brochure  

MOLLI Fall 2012 Brochure - Browse past course descriptions and listings.