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Spring 2011


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 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 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 UM library • Special member only events • Special “MOLLI only” parking permits during the MOLLI term • 10% discount at the UM bookstore for textbooks and art supplies for MOLLI courses

“[MOLLI is] ...a new way to experience my world!” ~MOLLI member

MOLLI Council Members

Cynthia Aten Gladys Considine Charlotte Hay Margaret Johnson Paul Lauren Patrick Mahoney Rustem Medora Dennis O’Donnell Ray Risho Kitte Robins Herbert Swick Burke Townsend 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 Course Overview


Course Listings Fine Arts From Image to Abstraction (in conjunction with the President’s Lecture Series) 3 South Pacific: Why the Landmark Broadway Musical Still Matters 3 Appreciating Music 4 Laughter & Theatre: A Winning Combination 4 Defining Dance: Looking for Meaning in Motion 4 Ethnomusicology & World Music 5 Humanities Classic Problems in Philosophy: God, Freedom, & Morality 5 The Whale & the World: Reading Moby Dick 5 Bringing Your Stories to Life 6 The Art of Glacier Park 6 Evolution & Religion in America 6 Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Page, Stage & Screen 7 The History & Legacy of the Holocaust 7 Creativity & the Natural World 7 Creative Writing: Poetic Traditions 8 Current & Political Affairs Taking Some of the Mystery Out of Estates, Trusts, & Related Taxes 8 Politics of Mexico & U.S.-Mexican Relations 8 International Law in Our Time 9 Islam, Terrorism, & Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East & South Asia 9 Whither America’s Democracy 9 History & Insurgency in Afghanistan 10 Natural & Social Sciences The Dead Do Tell Tales 10 Tibetan Buddhism & the History of the Dalai Lamas 10

General Information

MOLLI Summer Adventures in Science: Connecting the Circle

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Course Overview Thursdays


April 14-May 19, 2011

9:00 am-10:30 am • Taking Some of the Mystery out of Estates, Trusts, & Related Taxes • Classic Problems in Philosophy: God, Freedom, & Morality • The Dead Do Tell Tales-Social Science-UM, room 250

April 15-May 20, 2011

9:00 am-10:30 am • International Law in Our Time • Evolution & Religion in America • Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Page, Stage, & Screen 11:00 am-12:30 pm • Islam, Terrorism, & Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East & South Asia • Whither America’s Democracy

11:00 am-12:30 pm • South Pacific: Why the Landmark Broadway Musical Still Matters • Politics of Mexico & U.S.- Mexican Relations • Appreciating Music-Music Recital Hall-UM

1:00 pm-2:30 pm • The History & Legacy of the Holocaust • Ethnomusicology & World Music • Creativity & the Natural World

1:00 pm-2:30 pm • Laughter & Theatre: A Winning Combination • The Whale & the World: Reading Moby Dick • Bringing Your Stories to Life

3:00 pm-4:30 pm • History & Insurgency in Afghanistan • Tibetan Buddhism & the History of the Dalai Lamas • Creative Writing: Poetic Traditions

3:00 pm-4:30 pm • Defining Dance: Looking for Meaning in Motion 4:00 pm-5:30 pm • The Art of Glacier Park [No class May 12 - Make-up TBA]

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings

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

• From Image to Abstraction Tuesdays, April 12 & 19, 2011, 7:00 – 8:30 pm Thursday, April 21, 2011, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Upcoming Events July 18 & 19, 2011 Grandparents and Grandchildren Summer Camp MOLLI Summer Adventures in Science: Connecting the Circle To learn more go to pages 12 & 13.

A Special Three-Part Evening MOLLI Course From Image to Abstraction MaryAnn Bonjorni Tuesdays, Apr. 12 &19, 2011, 7:00-8:30 pm, Todd Bldg.-UM Thursday, Apr. 21, 2011, 7:00-8:30 pm, Todd Bldg.-UM

“I can’t think of a more exciting way to spend an afternoon!”

In Conjunction with the President’s Lecture Series The Endless Fifteen Minutes: Fame, Celebrity, & Art Today Mark Stevens Thursday, April 14, 8:00 – 9:30 pm University Theatre

~MOLLI member Behind the Scenes at the Symphony

To learn more see page 3. 2

MOLLI Spring 2011 Course Listings Fine Arts Special Evening Course in Conjunction with the President’s Lecture Series From Image to Abstraction

MaryAnn Bonjorni Tuesday, April 12 & 19; Thursday, April 21, 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

In Conjunction with President’s Lecture Series, Thursday, April 14, at 8:00 pm, University Theatre The Endless Fifteen Minutes: Fame, Celebrity, & Art Today with Mark Stevens

About the Instructor: Mary Ann Bonjorni is a visual artist trained with a modernist sensibility. She has taught at The University of Montana since 1992. As a native westerner, Mary Ann’s second career is that of a summer range rider for 1,100 head of cattle. As both artist and ranch hand, her art includes studio work and site works in the Nevada Great Basin.

South Pacific: Why the Landmark Broadway Musical Still Matters

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

Recommended Textbook: South Pacific: Paradise Rewritten by Jim Lovensheimer

The musical South Pacific has all the elements of a great story: star-crossed lovers, war, an exotic location, and glorious songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Bali H’ai,” and “I’m in Love With a Wonderful Guy.” It’s a show that isn’t afraid to tackle thorny issues. At the time of its premiere in 1949, just four years after the end of World War II, it confronted audiences with the complex subjects of race, gender, and national identity. The recent criticallyacclaimed Broadway revival delved even more unflinchingly into the racial elements of the story, giving the musical a new and far deeper emotional meaning than in the original production. This course will examine the multidimensionality of the show by watching it and studying its genesis through the eyes of its principal creators: James Michener, Joshua Logan, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. 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 10 years. An amateur pianist with a love of classical music, he’s been a student of the theater since childhood, and has been eagerly attending theatrical productions of plays and musicals for decades. Greg remembers being enthralled by Mary Martin’s performance as Nellie Forbush in a West Coast production of South Pacific when he was 18 and was thrilled to have seen the play’s recent Broadway revival.


Fine Arts

Abstract Expressionism is a major American art movement of the 20th Century, as represented by such seminal artists as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. Despite this many people are puzzled and challenged by abstract art. In this special course the instructor will discuss how to ‘read’ abstract paintings compositionally. The course will also offer open discussion of the art world and societal influences that shaped and guided abstract expressionism. This course is offered in conjunction with the President’s Lecture by Mark Stevens on April 14, entitled “The Endless Fifteen Minutes: Fame, Celebrity & Art Today.” Mark Stevens won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Willem de Kooning.

UC Reserved MOLLI Social Tables 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.

Appreciating Music

Donald W. Simmons

Thursdays, 11:00 am- 12:30 pm, Music Recital Hall, UM

Textbook: What to Listen for in Music, by Aaron Copland

This course is designed to serve students with varied musical experiences; some students will have had no exposure to classical music while others will have attended concerts frequently. The course will begin with a review of the basic elements of music and then look at the ways composers create interesting musical works through the repetition and contrast of those materials. Both recorded and live performances in class will be used to explore ways of listening. Students will find their new listening skill helpful as they answer questions such as: What’s Classical about Mozart, Baroque about Bach, or Romantic about Brahms? Registered students will have free admission to the School of Music Faculty/Guest Artist recital series and student ensemble concerts (choirs, bands, orchestra). They will also be invited to attend one of the final rehearsals of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra in preparation for their concert on May 8, 2011.

Fine Arts

About the Instructor: Donald Simmons completed his undergraduate degree in music at Knox College, then earned his graduate degrees at the University of Illinois. He began his teaching career in the public schools of Gross Point, Michigan, joined The Ohio State University faculty in 1964 and came to The University of Montana to chair the Music Department in 1973. He retired as Associate Dean of the School of Fine Arts in 1993. His areas of special interest have been choral music, teacher education and music administration.

“[MOLLI has] knowledgeable instructors who obviously love what they are doing.” MOLLI member Laughter & Theatre: A Winning Combination

Margaret Johnson

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

At this stage of our lives, we are all actors at heart. The easy acting exercises in this class are designed to promote creativity, improve memory and develop ease within the class and in front of a group. On the last day of class, students will present a staged reading featuring Delia Ephron’s book, How to Eat Like a Child. Theatrical experience isn’t necessary, but a sense of fun is. Previous participants (all non-actors) have called the class “uproarious.” About the Instructor: Margaret Johnson taught theatre at Sentinel High School for 37 years, directing over 190 productions. In 2010, she was given a Montana Theatre Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011, a second edition of her book, The Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide, will be published along with a new book on the topic of theatre in the classroom. When she isn’t teaching her MOLLI classes, she is blogging with her publisher, Contemporary Drama, and sharing her classroom experiences and latest adventures in community theatre. You may have seen her recently in White Christmas and Arsenic and Old Lace.

Defining Dance: Looking for Meaning in Motion

Joy French

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

Join us in taking a historical journey through Western concert dance where we will focus on how and why choreographers create different styles in different eras. We will look at how dance reflects culture by exploring compositional and conceptual ideas embedded in the dance. Students will have the opportunity to attend a free live performance of Dance in Concert on April 26th. *Note: Students may opt to do the Texas Two-Step outside of class, but dancing is not included in this course. About the Instructor: After graduating from The University of Montana, Joy French completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Colorado. She is trained in a variety of dance forms and now has a particular interest in dance theatre and contemporary dance. Along with her time spent on creative projects, Joy is currently teaching an online course at UM titled, Dance in Popular Movies. 4

Megan McNamer

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

What is a gamelan? What does dangdut music sound like, and why? “Ethnomusicology” is the study of the social and cultural aspects of music, both locally and globally. This course will provide a general background and broad understanding of the field of ethnomusicology, while exposing students to a variety of musical genres from the cultures and traditions of East Asia, India, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and North America. No formal musical education is necessary to appreciate this class, which will include a lot of listening, films and, when possible, live performances. About the Instructor: Megan McNamer has an MA in Ethnomusicology and has taught World Music at the college level. She lived and traveled in Asia and performs Balinese gamelan music with Manik Harum in Missoula. Her essays on a variety of topics appear in national magazines and anthologies. She is Executive Director of the Missoula Writing Collaborative, a writers-in-the-schools program based in Missoula.

Fine Arts

Ethnomusicology & World Music

“[MOLLI helped]...answer a question I’ve had since the 1950’s.” MOLLI member

Humanities Classic Problems in Philosophy: God, Freedom, & Morality Burke Townsend

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

In this introductory course, we will consider three related issues that have figured centrally in the history of philosophy: the existence of God, the basis for morality, and the nature of free will. Can God’s existence be proved? Is there an objective basis for moral judgment? What is a “free will,” and are we in fact free in our choices? Classical and contemporary arguments will be reviewed. Our goal is to not only to attain some insight into these problems, but also to gain some appreciation of how philosophers approach fundamental questions. About the Instructor: After completing an undergraduate degree in physics, Burke Townsend earned a Ph.D. in philosophy, subsequently teaching logic and the philosophy of science for 37 years, 34 of those at The University of Montana. While enjoying time in retirement to follow various interests, he also works with Missoula Aging Services, the St. Patrick Hospital Ethics Committee, and the MOLLI program.

The Whale & the World: Reading Moby Dick

Katie Kane

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

Textbook: Moby Dick, 2nd Edition (Norton Critical Editions)

One of the most worldly of America’s 19th century literary classics, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick both challenges and rewards those readers who attempt to chart its narrative course. In this seminar, we will navigate the deep waters of Moby Dick by placing it in its multiple historical and literary contexts. Our primary concern, however, will be to read the text as closely as we can by exploring the themes, symbols, characters, and ideas of the novel. About the Instructor: Katie Kane is an Associate Professor in the English Department at The University of Montana. She is the recipient of the Cox Teaching Award, a College of Arts and Sciences recognition of outstanding teaching at The University of Montana.



Bringing Your Stories to Life

Dorothy Patent

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

All of us have stories inside of us, stories that want to be told. And all of us have imaginations which create stories that we want to tell. But we need to know the best ways to commit our stories to paper, to communicate them in engaging ways to other people. This class focuses on the basic principles of story writing by considering such questions as how to get started, how to grab the reader’s attention, the use of present and past tense, and the use of first person or third person. Students will do some writing in class and have optional homework, and will work in small groups to critique their work.


About the Instructor: Dorothy Patent has written more than 130 nonfiction books for children as well as stories for more than a dozen magazines. Her awards include the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for Nonfiction. She has also coauthored three books for adults. She teaches workshops and classes for adults on writing, including two previous MOLLI classes.

The Art of Glacier Park

H. Rafael Chacón

Thursdays, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm, Todd Building, UM

No class May 12 - Make-up TBA

Textbook: Summer 2010 edition of “Montana, the Magazine of Western History,” Vol. 60, no. 2

For over 100 years, Glacier National Park has drawn artists to its majestic scenery. From the park’s creation, art has played a crucial role in the marketing and shaping of the Glacier experience. Drawing on his recent research, Professor Chacón will analyze the integral role that art played in shaping public perception and selling the park, particularly through the patronage of the Great Northern Railway. The illustrated lectures will focus on the architecture of the park’s historic lodges as well as the remaining works of art that they contain. About the Instructor: H. Rafael Chacón is Professor of Art History and Criticism in The University of Montana School of Art. He writes, teaches, and lectures on a variety of art historical and critical subjects at the university, and researches Montana art and its history. His article titled “Miraculous Survival: the Art of Glacier National Park” appeared in the summer 2010 edition of Montana: The Magazine of Western History, just in time for the park’s centennial.

Evolution & Religion in America

John Lund

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

Textbooks: Evolution from Creation to New Creation: Conflict, Conversation, and Convergence by Martinez J. Hewlett and Ted Peters (Nov. 2003) and Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution (P.S.) by Kenneth R. Miller (Apr. 3, 2007) Surveying Christian theological perspectives regarding the creation and development of life on earth is the basis for this course. It will include a brief study of evolutionary theory and current science in the fields of biology, paleontology, geology, and related fields. It will also look at the history of the “Evolution vs. Creation” debate in the United States within its historical, political, and religious context. Students will be encouraged to integrate theological, religious, and social perspectives with current scientific thought. About the Instructor: Reverend John Lund is the Lutheran campus pastor at The University of Montana and director of Emmaus Campus Ministry, which is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in partnership with the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church. He served as a pastor in Lutheran congregations in Vancouver, Washington and Dodgeville, Wisconsin. He received his Masters of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA; his Masters of Sociology from Michigan State University; and an BA in physics from Northern Michigan University. Lund teaches Introduction to Honors in the Davidson Honors College and has taught periodic summer excursion courses in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and on the Blackfoot River. 6

Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Page, Stage, & Screen

Casey Charles

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

Textbook: Macbeth, by William Shakespeare (Bedford St. Martin’s)

The “Scottish Play,” as it is referred to obliquely by thespians wary of its foray into the powers of the supernatural, gives a potent and harrowing dose of political theatre. Shakespeare’s most visual and dangerous tragedy will be our focus, as we discuss Macbeth in the context of Jacobean English history, engage in close reading of the text, and watch scenes from famous cinematic adaptations by Welles, Kurosawa, Polanski, and Morrisette. About the Instructor: Casey Charles is Professor of English at The University of Montana and author of articles on Shakespeare, Chaucer, Sidney, and Plato. He has taught two well-received MOLLI classes based on the plays of Shakespeare.

Gerald Fetz

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

In a century marked by unimaginable progress as well as unprecedented destruction, the events known as the Holocaust (Shoah) stand out as the major example of the latter. Although the Holocaust per se ended some 65 years ago, its impact and legacy, as well as many puzzling questions left only partially or even completely unanswered, continue to confront us. This course will explore important and difficult questions (“How was this possible?”) through presentations and discussion of topics such as the history and challenges of European Anti-Semitism prior to 1933; Nazi German discrimination of the Jews prior to WWII (1933-1939); the Holocaust itself; and the legacies of the Holocaust in politics and the post-WWII psyche, as well as in art, literature and film. About the Instructor: Gerald Fetz has been on UM faculty since 1970, teaching courses across all levels of German Studies as well as interdisciplinary Humanities courses, including the Holocaust. He received the university’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 1988. He served as dean of the Davidson Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences, and since 2009 he has been Professor and Dean Emeritus. He has published extensively on Germanlanguage literature and culture and was a Fulbright Visiting Professor in Heidelberg. He continues to teach and codirect UM’s Crown of the Continent Initiative.

Creativity & the Natural World

Lee Heuermann

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

What is creativity and how do we perceive it? Have you ever had a brilliant idea you wish you could develop and share with others? Have you wondered if you are creative at heart, but never had the chance to explore your creative impulses? Creativity is a way to connect the mysterious and the mundane. In this class, we will use self-reflection, improvisation/play, meditation, journaling, and discussion to develop our creative instincts through listening to ourselves and the world around us. The class will also include selected readings and visits from guest artists who will talk about their own creative process. About the Instructor: Lee Heuermann is on the faculty at The University of Montana Music Department, where she has taught such classes as “The Psychology of Music,” “Women in Music,” and “Composition”. In addition, she has recently joined the faculty of the UM Wilderness and Civilization Program, where she will teach courses on music in relation to nature. Heuermann composes music that reflects her interest in ritual, myth, and cultural commentary. Her most recent works include “Ridge of Blue Longing,” for which she was the commissioned Montana State Composer by Montana Music Teacher’s Association, and “Montana Suite II,” which was a collaboration with New York choreographer Donna Uchizono and Amy Ragsdale’s Headwaters Dance Company. As a singer, she specializes in the performance of contemporary music and performs both standard classical repertoire and experimental jazz. Heuermann has a Ph.D. in Composition from SUNY at Stony Brook and a MM degree from the Yale School of Music. 7


The History & Legacy of the Holocaust


Creative Writing: Poetic Traditions

Hannah Soukup

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

Poetry is as old as mankind and has long expressed mankind’s experiences and yearnings. The styles and traditions of poetry are rich and varied. This course will focus on some of the different poetic traditions and particular forms like sonnets or haiku. Participants will read many wonderful poems, explore the different components of those poems, and consider why they remain meaningful and relevant today. This is a class for people who enjoy discussing poetry and hold an interest in writing it. Although students will be encouraged to write and discuss their own poems in class, it is not a requirement. About the Instructor: A graduate of The University of Montana, Hannah Soukup is now a 2nd year Master of Fine Arts student in the university’s prestigious creative writing program specializing in poetry. She has been writing poetry since she was ten years old and finally decided to make a career of it after trying to be a business major. She has lived almost exclusively in Wyoming and Montana, so elements of the West often appear in her writing.

Current & Political Affairs

Current & Political Affairs Taking Some of the Mystery out of Estates, Trusts, & Related Taxes

E. Edwin Eck

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

This course will focus on the transfer of assets at death and the management of assets during incapacity. Among the topics to be covered are the nature of “probate;” the use of probate avoidance tools such as revocable trusts and joint tenancy with rights of survivorship; how estate, gift, and the generation-skipping transfer taxes affect estates, and how to legally minimize an estate’s exposure to these taxes; and the advantages and disadvantages of using durable powers of attorney for property and/or health care and living wills. About the Instructor: E. Edwin Eck is a professor in the UM School of Law, where he teaches estate planning and related courses. For many years, he practiced law specializing in estate planning. Eck co-chaired a committee that drafted Montana’s Trust Code. Since 1989, he has been a Uniform Law Commissioner and was a member of the Uniform Trust code drafting committee. He has been a member of the IRS Oversight Board since 2008.

Politics of Mexico & U.S.- Mexican Relations

Paul Haber

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

Beginning with a brief introduction to the history of Mexico and of U.S.- Mexican relations, this course will then address issues of contemporary concern, including migration, drug trafficking, trade, indigenous issues, social movements and economic development. The course is deliberately designed to allow ample time to pursue issues and topics of interest generated by students in the class. About the Instructor: Paul Haber received his BA in International Development from World College West, an MA in Latin American Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. He has taught at UM since 1992. His areas of research include Mexico, US-Latin American relations, and development aimed at mitigating poverty and inequality.

“Great, stimulating classes…energized my whole life!” ~MOLLI member


International Law in Our Time Sally Cummins & Anna Conley

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

In the aftermath of 9/11, international law has received unprecedented attention in public media and popular discourse. Initially focused on the laws of war, the spotlight has broadened to include legal issues related to cultures different from our own, such as the interplay between Islamic law and human rights. The portrayal of international law, however, has often been incomplete or simply wrong. Discussions will explore what constitutes international law and how it is developed, applied and enforced, as well as the role of international and foreign law in concrete examples of current interest. About the Instructors: Sally Cummins recently retired after 25 years practicing international law with the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. For the last 10 years of her career, she worked by long distance from her home outside Lolo, thanks to the wonder of computers. Sally has a J.D. from Yale and has taught international law as an adjunct in both Washington, D.C., and Missoula. Anna Conley is an adjunct professor at The University of Montana School of Law, a Senior Research Scholar for McGill University’s International Arbitration Database Project, and a licensed Montana attorney. She received her J.D. from the George Washington Law School, and an LL.M. (Masters of Laws) from McGill University’s Faculty of Law. She is a doctoral candidate in comparative law at McGill.

Islam, Terrorism, & Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East & South Asia

Mehrdad Kia

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

This course will examine the nature of challenges confronting the United States in the Middle East, Central and South Asia where Islamist movements are fighting to overthrow pro-U.S. governments and establish new political structures based on Islamic law. The background and rationale behind some fundamental aspects of Islamic law will be considered in the context of those challenges. About the Instructor: Mehrdad Kia is the Associate Provost for International Programs and the Director of the Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center at The University of Montana. He has taught several popular and provocative MOLLI classes.

Whither America’s Democracy

Ron Perrin

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

Textbook: The American Future, by Simon Schama

Simon Schama’s extremely well-written book, The American Future, will serve as a guide and catalyst for a lively conversation about four defining experiences that have helped to shape the American character: war, religious tolerance and intolerance, immigration, and economic expansion. Schama’s thesis is that in many respects the past is prologue. He argues that (for better or worse, but mostly for better) our responses to the many challenges we now face will most likely proceed along paths that have been shaped during the first two centuries of our national life. As the course proceeds, we will remain open to consider ways in which our discussions and/or current events might invite examination of other possible defining experiences. About the Instructor: Ron Perrin has taught for 40 years in the Departments of Philosophy, Political Science, and the Davidson Honors College at The University of Montana. He is the author of one book and numerous essays in political philosophy and ethics. He is a former Chair of the Montana Committee for the Humanities and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Federation of State Humanities Councils. His academic awards include a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Distinguished Teaching Award and Visiting Fellowship at the University of Virginia. He is a 2011 recipient of the Governor’s Humanities Award.


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Current Affairs Natural & Social Sciences

History & Insurgency in Afghanistan

Owen Sirrs

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

Recommended Textbook: My Life with the Taliban, by Abdul Salam Zaeef

Exploring the current insurgency in Afghanistan from the perspective of the country’s physical and political geography, its recent history, and its tense relations with Pakistan will be the focus of this class. The course begins with a brief overview of Afghanistan’s geography and how it plays a prominent role in shaping the current insurgency, followed by a consideration of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan (1979-1989) and how this set the stage for the current Afghan political leadership, and insurgent organizations and developments in Salafist Islam. Finally, the course delves into the current insurgency in Afghanistan by examining the key players, their goals, and their strategies. The course attempts to answer key questions such as: (1) Can the Afghan insurgents be defeated? If so, how? If not, what should the U.S. and its allies do next? (2) Is counterinsurgency a realistic strategy to defeat the insurgency? and (3) How can the U.S. accommodate Pakistan’s interests without sacrificing American core interests in Central Asia? About the Instructor: Owen Sirrs is an instructor at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center’s Defense Critical Language and Culture Program where he specializes in the history, culture and politics of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Prior to this assignment he was a senior intelligence analyst for the Middle East and South Asia at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.

Natural & Social Sciences The Dead Do Tell Tales

Garry Kerr

Thursdays, 9:00 am- 10:30 am, Social Sciences Building-UM, room 250

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 3 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.

Tibetan Buddhism & the History of the Dalai Lamas

David Curtis

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

Textbook: A Concise Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, by John Powers

Tibetan Buddhism has been preserved and cultivated in Tibet and the Himalayas for more than a thousand years. We will trace the development of this unique form of Buddhism from its origins in ancient India, through its adoption and development in Tibet, to its dissemination throughout the world in modern times. We will also look at the story of the Dalai Lamas with special emphasis on the current 14th Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Discussion topics will include the Four Schools of Tibetan Buddhism, meditation and mind training, appearance and reality, tantra, karma, and reincarnation. About the Instructor: David Curtis graduated in Classics from The University of Montana in 1980. He attended the Collège Monastique de Kagyu Ling, France, for five years, completing the Tibetan Buddhist Seminary there in 1992. He taught Buddhism and Tibetan for 10 years in Los Angeles, including six years for the Loyola Marymount University Extension Program. He founded the Tibetan Language Institute in 1995. 10

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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 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 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.

Bernard Osher Foundation MOLLI Gift Cards

MOLLI membership and/or course gift cards are wonderful presents for family and friends. The cards are free with purchase of a gift 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 April 14-May 20 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 docs/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!

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


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

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MOLLI Summer Adventures in Science

MOLLI Summer Adventures in 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 Mr. G Science Show featuring Glenn Govertsen, after which participants will go to their chosen learning path. In this interactive two day summer camp, you can learn from experts about incredible edible bugs, bees, bones & stones, gardening & nutrition, explosive chemistry, or robotics! [grandparent relationship optional]

Mr. G Science Show [all

participants] brought to you by Glenn Govertsen, physics teacher at Sentinel High School for 31 years and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and many other awards. 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!


Incredible Edible Bugs [ages 6-9] brought to you by Annika Johns, UM graduate and recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence. Learn about the amazing diversity of insects and all the different ways in which they protect themselves from predators. After the class learns which insects are edible and why people eat insects, Annika Johns will lead the group on a trip through a “buffet of bugs.” The class will learn how to make bug cookies and get a chance to try them.

Explosive Chemistry [ages 6-9] brought to you by spectrUM educator, Amanda Lockwood and team.

Explore the fun and fundamentals of chemistry! Experience the unique properties of liquid nitrogen, slime, dry ice, and more! Explode a watermelon and run your own chemistry reactions. During this two day camp, participants will meet a chemist and a pyrotechnologist. Don’t miss out on this amazing explosive opportunity!

Farm to Table [ages 6-9] brought to you by Jason Mandala, Community Education Director at Garden City Harvest. Farm to Table will explore the Garden City Harvest/UM PEAS Farm in the Rattlesnake Valley by giving campers an opportunity to learn about how food is grown, including vegetables, fruits, and livestock. Campers will learn about nutrition, plant parts, and cook a meal together coming full circle from farm to table.

“Great experience for both generations.” MOLLI member

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MOLLI Summer Science: Connect

Science: Connecting the Circle “This camp was amazing. I wish I was still a teacher, so I could use this experience to teach!” MOLLI member

Bones & Stones [ages 9-12] brought to you by Garry Kerr, voted best professor at UM by the readers of Missoulian 2010, as well as 3 times in the Independent.


This hands-on class will reveal what we can learn from "Bones and Stones." We will dig and interpret a (mock) Archaeology/Forensic site. We will learn and employ modern Archaeology techniques to unravel a case. Time will be spent in the classroom and in the field. Come get your hands dirty while you learn!

Buzz About Bees

[ages 9-12] brought to you by UM Professor Jerry Bromenshenk & Bee Alert field technician, Scott Debnam (a.k.a. bee whisperer). Explore bee biology and beekeeping while looking at the origins of honey bees, an overview of basic bee biology, how bees produce honey and wax, and their essential role as pollinators of more than 1/3 of what we eat. A five story, glass observation hive will allow everyone to examine the inner workings of a bee colony in a hive. A short walking tour to the UC gardens will help demonstrate how bees gather nectar and pollen, how to tell pollen gatherers from nectar gatherers, and the types of plants that bees visit and pollinate. The group will take a field trip to a beeyard for hands-on experience building a beehive and extracting honey.

Robotics Sensory Garden [ages 9-12] Brought to you by Jessie Herbert, spectrUM Museum Operational Manager, and Will Bain, a software engineer and guest spectrUM educator.

Adventures in

ting the Circle

Calling all engineers and artists! Explore robotics and computer programming during this exciting two day camp. Begin the camp by learning about the basics of programming with easy-to-use MITcreated PICO Cricket Program. Create robots that move, talk, light up, and sense their surroundings. On the second day, participants will visit Greenough Park and build robotic creations inspired by nature.

Tuition: $100 a pair [one adult with one child] MOLLI Membership: $20 [MOLLI membership required to enroll (adult only)] 13

Connecting the Circle

“Great opportunity to learn and have fun with grandchild... great learning experience that is wonderful fun.” MOLLI member

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM The University of Montana School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, MOLLI 32 Campus Drive Missoula, MT 59812 406.243.2905

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MOLLI Spring 2011 Courses April 14-May 20, 2011  

MOLLI Spring 2011 Courses April 14-May 20, 2011

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