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Welcome to MOLLI Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Montana (MOLLI) is pleased to announce programs that promote the lifelong learning and personal growth of older adults. We are looking for those +50 individuals who are curious and love to learn. Our goal is to create an accessible and innovative learning environment so that older adults from all backgrounds and levels of education may pursue learning. Neither exams nor grades are given, so it is truly learning for learning’s sake. MOLLI courses expose learners to Montana’s best teachers, including emeritus and current faculty, as well as professionals from the community. Program offerings include lectures, ongoing discussions, short courses, field trips, and interest groups that cover topics from the humanities to sciences and the arts, as well as community and regional issues. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM Todd Building CE-Conference Center 32 Campus Dr, Todd Building Missoula, MT 59812

Schedule Spring 09 Courses Unruly Americans & The Origins of the Constitution with Kyle Volk UM-Todd Building [Apr. 7, 14, 28]-Tues. 7:00 pm-8:30 pm Lessons in Sex from the Animal Kingdom with Donald Jenni UM-Todd Building- Weds. 11:00 am-12:30 pm Modern Montana, 1965-2009 with Harry Fritz UM-Todd Building- Tues. & Thurs. 11:00 am-12:30 pm Fighting Progress: Late-Nineteenth-Century Anti-Modernism with Laure Pengelly Drake UM-Todd Building- Thurs. 9:00 am-10:30 am Asia Beyond the Headlines with Steven Levine UM-Todd Building- Thurs. 9:00 am-10:30 am Life Writing: Journal & Memoir with Joyce Hocker UM-Todd Building- Thurs. 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Listening to the Angel: The Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke with Gary Hawk UM-Todd Building- Thurs. 1:00 pm-2:30 pm The Everyday Essay with Kathleen Clary Miller UM-Todd Building- Thurs. 1:00 pm-2:30 pm History and Process of the US House of Representatives with Pat Williams UM-Todd Building- Thurs. 3:00 pm-4:30 pm This Dark & Bloody Ground: The Life Experiences of the US Army on Campaign and in the Field, 1850-1890’s with Kermit Edmonds UM-Todd Building- Thurs. 3:00 pm-4:30 pm The Dead Do Tell Tales: Forensic Anthropology with Garry Kerr UM-Social Science, Rm 250- Fri. 9:00 am-10:30 am Yes, You Can Draw with Marilyn Bruya Dickenson Center, Rm 209- Fri. 9:00 am-12:00 pm Tulips, Turbans & Betelgeuse: Islamic Cultural Heritage...with Yvonne Seng UM-Todd Building- Fri. 9:00 am-10:30 am Hamlet Revisited with Casey Charles UM-Todd Building- Fri. 9:00 am-10:30 am Islam and the West with Mehrdad Kia UM-Todd Building- Fri. 11:00 am-12:30 pm The 20th Century Piano Repertoire...with Steven Hesla & Barbara Blegen UM-Music Recital Hall- Fri. 12:30 pm-2:00 pm Classical Mythology: Stories That Frame Us with Linda Gillison UM-Todd Building- Fri. 1:00 pm-2:30 pm Let’s Act with Margaret Johnson UM-Todd Building- Fri. 1:00 pm-2:30 pm Morality of Democracy with Ron Perrin UM-Todd Building- Fri. 1:00 pm-2:30 pm Pacific War 1941-1945 with Robert R. Dozier UM-Todd Building- Fri. 3:00 pm-4:30 pm Historical Missoula with Allan Mathews UM-Old Journalism Building, Rm 217- Fri. 3:00 pm-4:30 pm The Dominant Dames: The Mistresses of Mystery with Jon Jackson UM-Todd Building- Fri. 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

MOLLI Members Make a Difference MOLLI members make a difference in their community by supporting lifelong learning and ensuring the continuing funding of MOLLI. On behalf of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Montana, we would like to invite you to renew your membership. Membership is a great way to support MOLLI and the benefits are abundant: • •

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Enjoy the health benefits of lifelong learning from increased brain functioning to increased physical and emotional health, as current research indicates. Enjoy ‘Member Only’ events such as “Behind the Scenes with the Symphony” led by Darko Butorac, Musical Director, & John Driscoll, Executive Director of the Missoula Symphony—Feb. 10, 17, 19, 2009 Have access to financial aid, if necessary, to participate in MOLLI courses. Have early enrollment opportunities in MOLLI courses. Have full access to the UM-Mansfield Library for research. Sharing lifelong learning opportunities with friends with a MOLLI gift card. Take courses from Montana’s best teachers.

MOLLI funding is contingent on membership, so renew your membership today and help us reach our membership goals. Your membership will help us reach our goal to receive a major endowment which will allow continued funding for MOLLI. Membership is $20 and is effective from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 and allows you full access to MOLLI events and courses. Along with renewing your MOLLI membership please consider supporting MOLLI through a tax deductible donation to the MOLLI scholarship fund to help ensure all individuals +50 can engage in lifelong learning. To learn more and renew your membership contact the MOLLI office at 406.243.2905, mail or fax (406.243.6224) the enclosed membership form, or stop by our office at the Continuing Education department in the Todd Building-UM. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM Todd Building CE-Conference Center 32 Campus Dr, Todd Building Missoula, MT 59812

In Conjunction with the President’s Lecture Series

A Special Three-Part MOLLI Course

Beginning with two preparatory classes, MOLLI members will use historian Woody Holton’s recent book on America’s constitutional founding, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, to prepare for a UM President’s Lecture given by Holton on April 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm in the University Theatre. The MOLLI classes will provide the historical background and pose the key questions necessary to enhance understanding of the Lecture itself. MOLLI participants will then have the opportunity to attend Holton’s public lecture and return for the final MOLLI class, meeting on April 28, 2009 at 7:00 pm in the Todd Building at UM, to investigate how Holton has altered our common understanding of the Constitution. To learn more about the UM President’s Lecture Series visit

Tuesday Evening Course Apr. 7, 14, 28 Kyle Volk Unruly Americans & The Origins of the Constitution Tuesday, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, Todd Building Rm 204

Dates: April 7, 14, 28 Text: Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, Woody Holton Did the framers of the U.S. Constitution intend to create a democratic government? What motivated them to journey to Philadelphia in the hot summer of 1787? What role did ordinary citizens play in the creation of this celebrated document? Using historian Woody Holton’s recent book on America’s constitutional founding, Unruly Americans, this course asks participants to engage these key questions and others in preparation for a UM President’s Lecture given by Holton in April. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to and question Holton at the public lecture, and a final class meeting will investigate how Holton has altered our understanding of the Constitution. Kyle G. Volk is an assistant professor of history at the University of Montana. His research and teaching focus on U.S. History from the American Revolution through the late-nineteenth century. He is particularly interested in the history of democracy, the problem of dissent and difference in American society, and the place of morals in American politics and law.

This special three-part MOLLI Course is supported by President George M. Dennison and The UM President’s Lecture Series.

MOLLI Spring 09 Courses April 8-May 15, 2009 Tuesday & Thursday (twice weekly for 3 wks) Harry Fritz Modern Montana, 1965-2009 Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Todd Building-UM

Twice weekly for three weeks: April 7 & 9, 21 & 23, 28 & 30 In the last third of the 20th century, Montana changed more rapidly than in the entire previous century. Even today, the State is undergoing rapid and fundamental transformations. This course examines these changes in politics, economics (mining, logging, agriculture and energy), the environment, and demography. It summarizes where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. Harry Fritz taught Montana History at UM for 25 years. He’s written several books about Montana, including one on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He has served in both the Montana House of Representatives and the Montana Senate.

Wednesday Course April 8-May 20 Donald Jenni Lessons in Sex from the Animal Kingdom Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Todd Building-UM

Dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 13, 20. Note: No Class May 6 In general, animals reproduce sexually; even some one-celled animals reproduce sexually when the urge comes. We will review reproduction, including asexual reproduction, in animals from protozoa to humans. Because the secret of sex ultimately lies in chromosomal behavior, we will review mitosis, meiosis, and the importance of genetics and the environment. From fish that change sex to those who lack males, and from monogamy to promiscuous homo- and hetero-sexuality in primates, we will explore the diversity of mateship systems, including the amazing polyandrous jacanas. Finally, how does all this relate to us? Participants are invited to participate and submit confidential questions about human sexuality. Since coming to UM in 1966, Donald Jenni has served as Chairman of Zoology and the first Associate Dean of Biological Sciences. He received several National Science Foundation and other grants for the study of vertebrate social systems including polyandry in the avian family Jacanidae. He taught graduate seminars and an undergraduate class in Human Sexuality, and served as major professor to 29 graduate students.

Thursday Courses Apr. 9-May 14 Laure Pengelly Drake Fighting Progress: Late-Nineteenth-Century Anti-Modernism Thursday, 9:00 am-10:30 am, Todd Building-UM, Rm 203

Readings: Available on reserve at the Mansfield Library. Late nineteenth-century cultural battles against the forces of modernization provide a useful point of comparison with contemporary cultural responses to economic and political globalization. In this seminar/lecture course, we will discuss some of the central texts of cultural anti-modernism such as, “The Virgin and the Dynamo” from The Education of Henry Adams, Adams’ Mont-St. Michel and Chartres, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, and essays by John Ruskin, William Morris, and William James, which address the search for authentic, vital, and pre-modern experiences in art, craft, physical culture, literature, and religion. Laure Pengelly Drake is the Director of External Scholarships and Advising at the Davidson Honors College at UM. She earned history degrees from Carleton College and UM; she worked on a PhD at the University of Rochester. Laure has taught American Religion and the Individual and Community in the Honors College and the Introduction to Humanities series in Liberal Studies.

“The MOLLI Classes are excellent! I don’t think you can improve them! Great Experience--Thank you!”

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Steven Levine Asia Beyond the Headlines Thursday, 9:00 am-10:30 am, Todd Building-UM, Rm 204

Asia is often in the news; however, the news we get from our daily newspapers, radio, and TV often fails to provide the historical, cultural, ethnic, and other background information necessary for us to understand what is going on. Together we will examine contemporary issues in Asia, including such pressing challenges as the War in Afghanistan, the political situation in Pakistan, the struggle against military authoritarianism in Burma/Myanmar, China’s likely evolution, the North Korean nuclear issue, and the issue of human trafficking in Asia. However, we will be free to focus on other issues if they command our attention. Steven Levine, Associate Director of the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, is a scholar and teacher of Asian politics and international relations. He is the author and editor of several books and scores of articles, essays, and reviews. He is a frequent traveler to China, his main area of interest.

Thursday Courses Apr. 9-May 14 Joyce Hocker Life Writing: Journal & Memoir Thursday, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Todd Building-UM, Rm 203

Note: Plan to bring a binder, paper or a laptop to class Are you writing about your life? Would you like to? Writing helps us create and transform our lives. Whether you are new to the process or are a long-time life writer, this class will offer creative ways to keep a journal. We will read published journal entries and information on how to keep a journal. We will also explore memoir writing by reading and discussing outstanding published memoir excerpts. The class will not be a workshop for your writing, although you will be invited to share brief portions of your writing, always on an optional basis. Above all, we will listen with appreciation, support, and a non-critical stance. If you have wanted to write portions of your life for others, this will be a good opportunity to leave a legacy. Joyce Hocker received a Ph. D. in Communication from the University of Texas and a Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montana. She was a professor of communication at the University of Colorado and here at UM. She serves as an affiliate professor in the Psychology department at UM. She is co-author of Interpersonal Conflict (Mc-Graw-Hill, 8th Ed.) Since the 1980’s she has worked as a clinical psychologist and communication consultant in Missoula. For the past twenty years, she has led renewal retreats in Montana and Central America, in which personal writing is always a main feature. She has been keeping a journal for all her adult life, and is exploring memoir writing as an avocation, presenting papers for the National Communication Association Ethnography Division.

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Kathleen Clary Miller The Everyday Essay Thursday, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Todd Building-UM, Rm 204

This seminar will consist of learning the art of the essay as it applies to crafting true-life experience on paper. During the course, participants will be instructed to write a brief anecdotal story so that we may all discuss and critique each other’s work. No experience is necessary; just bring a desire to share your everyday stories in a style that lifts common observation to a new level. Together we will explore and create personal experiences with universal appeal. Kathleen Clary Miller is the author of 200 essays and stories that have appeared in such publications as Newsweek Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. She is a columnist for The Missoulian and her column “Peaks and Valleys” appears in Montana Woman Magazine. She has contributed to National Public Radio’s On Point.

Gary Hawk Listening to the Angel: The Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke Thursday, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Todd Building-UM, Rm 203

Text: Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy’s translation of The Book of Hours and Stephen Mitchell’s The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. In the course of our education we may have heard the musical name Rainer Maria Rilke. Who was this man? Why is he often considered “the poet’s poet”? How did he negotiate the psychological and political turmoil of the late 19th-early 20th centuries? This MOLLI course will begin with a brief biography, give us a chance to discuss some of his most intriguing poems from each of the major periods of his brief life, and lead us to ponder the same questions that troubled him: Can we use non-religious metaphors for God? Why does an object or thing sometimes seem as full of life as a living being? How can we be intimate without losing ourselves in the life of the other? How do things we want to create ripen within us? Could dying seem more like an opening than a closing? In reading Rilke’s poems together, we will come to sense what it is like to live from the inside out. We will meet a man in whom the world sounded like a ringing glass, and we will see how a life of longing is eventually transformed into praise. Gary W. Hawk is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Davidson Honors College. In addition, he teaches a course for the Counseling Department called “Forgiveness and Reconciliation” and has taught in the MOLLI program for three years. When not at the University, he builds furniture and paddles his sea kayak on area lakes.

Pat Williams The History and Process of the US House of Representatives Thursday, 3:00 pm– 4:30 pm, Todd Building-UM, Rm 204 Williams will cover the colorful history of the U.S. House and also explain its processes from committee structure through passage of legislation. He will also answer questions such as: How many members were there in the very first session of the U.S. House of Representatives? What was it like to represent Montana for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives? and Do members of Congress really listen to the people? Pat Williams is a former member of the U.S. Congress from Montana having served nine sessions from 1979-1997. Williams, a teacher, is now Senior Fellow at the Center for the Rocky Mountain West.

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Thursday Courses Apr. 9-May 14 Kermit Edmonds This Dark & Bloody Ground: The Life Experiences of the U.S. Army on Campaign and in the Field, 1850’s-1890’s. Thursday, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Todd Building-UM, Rm 203

Please Note: $11.00 catering fee for 1890’s luncheon Many Americans have little familiarity with the other, longer American civil war, the American Indian War, which lasted from 1622 to 1891, and are incorporated in over 250 years of American History. In our course, the professor will help you to become more familiar with the majority of these conflicts and campaigns, participants, locales, technologies, and consequences. As you will discover, we live daily with the remnant shadows of strife between America’s “red and white armies” in this other civil war. The objectives will be to make available to you some of the original artifact specimens of the period- the equipment, accoutrements and articles of clothing used in the Frontier Army; to present original photos; to help you know the soldiers’ vocabulary; a sampling of field instrumental music; and to challenge your appetites and taste buds with selections of food and drink prepared in the field, NOT by Starbucks or McDonalds! Hopefully you “intend to enlist!” Kermit Edmonds is retired after serving 30 years as a history teacher at Hellgate high school. During his summers off he served as a National Park Service Ranger, Historian and Curator at such places as Fort Laramie, Big Hole National Battle field, and Sitka, Alaska. He served as Chief Curator at Wyoming State Museum from 1966-1970. He also served as a Historian for Montana Army National Guard with service in both Korea and Desert Storm. He serves as a Consultant to states, Federal agencies, Forest Service, National Park Services and private archeological firms on the material cultural of U.S. military 1850-1910s. He holds a B.A. in history from California State University and did graduate work at the University of Colorado.

“Kermit put his heart and soul into this class-he made Frontier Military Life come to life! His presentation was memorable--and the artifacts are very impressive. Excellent is not powerful enough to describe this class!” -- MOLLI member

Glittering Misery participants with Kermit Edmonds after the 1890’s luncheon.

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 100 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes on campuses of colleges and universities from Maine to Hawaii. Funding for MOLLI is contingent upon membership growth goal, so membership matters. To learn more about The Bernard Osher Foundation visit online

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O Fighting Progress: Late-Nineteenth-Century Anti-Modernism (Laure Pengelly Drake)..........9:00 am-10:30 am O Asia Beyond the Headlines (Steven Levine).........................................................................9:00 am-10:30 am O Life Writing: Journal & Memoir (Joyce Hocker).......................................................................11:00 am-12:30 pm O Listening to the Angel: The Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (Gary Hawk)......................................1:00 pm-2:30 pm O The Everyday Essay (Kathleen Clary Miller)...............................................................................1:00 pm-2:30 pm O The History and Process of the US House of Representatives (Pat Williams) ...........................3:00 pm-4:30 pm O This Dark & Bloody Ground: The Life Experiences...US Army...1850-1890’s (Kermit Edmonds).... 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Thursday Courses April 9-May 14, 2009

O Modern Montana, 1965-2009 (Harry Fritz)..........................................................................11:00 am-12:30 pm

Tuesday & Thursday April 7, 9, 21, 23, 28, 30, 2009 [twice weekly for three weeks]

O Lessons in Sex from the Animal Kingdom (Donald Jenni)...................................................11:00 am-12:30 pm

Wednesdays April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 13, 20, 2009

O Unruly Americans & The Origins of the Constitution (Kyle G. Volk)-Evening Course-$20.00.......7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Special Tuesday Evening Course (see course description) April 7, 14, 28, 2009

Note: Courses are at the Continuing Education, Todd building at The University of Montana unless otherwise noted.


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O The Dead Do Tell Tales: Forensic Anthropology (Garry Kerr)-Social Science-UM Rm 250........9:00 am-10:30 am O Yes, You Can Draw (Marilyn Bruya)-Dickenson Center-Rm 209...............................................9:00 am-12:00 pm O Tulips, Turbans & Betelgeuse: Islamic Cultural Heritage & The West (Yvonne Seng)...................9:00 am-10:30 am O Hamlet Revisited (Casey Charles)..............................................................................................9:00 am-10:30 am O Islam and the West (Mehrdad Kia)............................................................................................11:00 am-12:30 pm O The 20th Century Piano Repertoire...(Steven Hesla & guest artist Barbara Blegen)-Music Hall.....12:30 pm-2:00 pm O ClassicalMythology:StoriesThatFrame Us(LindaGillison)...................................................................................1:00pm-2:30pm O Let’s Act (Margaret Johnson)..................................................................................................................................1:00 pm-2:30 pm O Morality of Democracy (Ron Perrin)........................................................................................................................1:00 pm-2:30 pm O PacificWar 1941-1945 (RobertR.Dozier)................................................................................................................3:00 pm-4:30 pm O Historical Missoula (Allan Mathews)-Old Journalism building-UM Rm 217......................................................3:00 pm-4:30 pm O The Dominant Dames: The Mistresses of Mystery (Jon Jackson)......................................................................3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Friday Courses April 10-May 15, 2009

MOLLI in Pictures Top: First Night Missoula-MOLLI lecture, Big Sky Tales with Hal Stearns Left middle: Behind the Scenes at the Symphony with Darko Butorac Right middle: Skull & hat from The Dead Do Tell Tales with Garry Kerr Bottom: Govenor’s Council on Aging, Town Meeting sponsored by MOLLI

Photos by Dannette Fadness

Experience MOLLI; Join Today! Left top: First Night Missoula-MOLLI Lecture, Let’s Act with Margaret Johnson Left middle: Jewish Synagogue, Butte MT.-Butte & Anaconda bus trip

Left bottom: First Night Missoula-MOLLI lecture with Gary Hawk Right top: MOLLI members listening to a lecture Right middle: Darko Butorac lecturing for Behind the Scenes at the Symphony Right bottom: Glittering Misery with Kermit Edmonds military hat & instruments

Friday Courses Apr. 10-May 15 Garry Kerr [20 seats] The Dead Do Tell Tales: Forensic Anthropology Friday, 9:00 am-10:30 am, Social Science Building, Rm 250

Join a hands-on class. 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 do for real. Garry Kerr, voted best Professor at UM by the Missoula Independent Best of 2007 stating, “… he’s a lot closer to Indiana Jones than Richard Leakey. He’s also died of malaria. It’s true. The guy once got a 106-degree fever traveling in Fiji and Tahiti and his heart stopped…yeah he’s got something to teach you.”

Marilyn Bruya [16 seats] Yes, You Can Draw Friday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, Dickenson Center, Rm 209 Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8 [5 week course]

Must attend first class!

Supplies: Available at the UM bookstore-Bring supplies to first Class. Set your pencils and doubts aside and try this series of exercises that will have you drawing in a few weeks! This non-competitive, self-paced course is designed to introduce basic principles and techniques of drawing. No previous experience is required, but those with previous experience are welcomed. Marilyn Bruya, Emeritus Professor of Art, received an MA in Painting from Mills College in CA and an MFA in Painting from Bard College in NY. She then continued her education at California State University summer workshops and at Schumacher College in Devon, UK, and completed a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. During her tenure at UM, Bruya received numerous grants.

Casey Charles Hamlet Revisited Friday, 9:00 am-10:30 am-Todd Building-UM, Rm 203

Text: Hamlet. Edited by Susan Wofford, St. Martin’s (paper, most recent) Recommended text: Stephen Greenblatt, Hamlet’s Ghost This course undertakes an intensive re-reading of the most canonical play by arguably the most canonical author in history. Given our time constraints, we will want to move carefully through Hamlet in ways that will allow us to consider the following issues, 1) film adaptation from Olivier to Almeryda, 2) current critical concerns, including questions of metadrama and gender studies, and 3) a consideration of the history of Hamlet performances. Our primary job is to read and talk about the historical and textual issues the play presents on page and stage. Casey Charles is Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at the University of Montana, where he teaches courses in Shakespeare, law and literature, film, and critical theory. He has published articles on Shakespeare, Sidney, Plato, and Chaucer.

Yvonne Seng Tulips, Turbans and Betelgeuse: Islamic Cultural Heritage & the West Friday, 9:00 am–10:30 am, Todd Building-UM, Rm 204

An introduction to the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic world and its influence on the West, the course begins with an overview of the cultural reach of early Islamic civilization -- from China to Spain, Africa to Russia -- and the paths of cultural exchange. It explores the westward transmission of goods, and follows the spread of agriculture and agronomy, the scientific legacy of medicine, philosophy, astronomy and mathematics, and the influence of Islamic arts and architecture. The course ends with an excursion into Orientalism and how the “exotic East” captured the imagination of Western artists, such as Mozart and Delacroix. Yvonne Seng was born in Australia and has traveled and worked widely in the Middle East. The first non-Muslim woman allowed in the religious law archives of Istanbul, she researched the lives of 16th-century women in the time of Suleyman the Magnificent for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago. She has worked as an archaeologist and a professor of Islamic Studies in Washington D.C. and Princeton, and interviewed religious leaders and mystics for her book, Men in Black Dresses: A Quest for the Future Among Wisdom Makers of the Middle East. Yvonne has written widely on the history and culture of the Middle East, was a speaker at the State of the World Forum in 2000, and named “a force for positive turbulence,” by the Center for Creative Leadership. She lives in Helena with her husband Rich Bechtel, a UM alumnus.

“It doesn’t get much better than this, superb!!” -MOLLI member

Mehrdad Kia Islam and the West Friday, 11:00 am–12:30 pm-Todd Building-UM, Rm 204 & 203

After discussing the basic teachings of Islam, the course focuses on the areas in the Islamic World where radical Islamist governments and movements are gaining popularity and political power. The course will draw parallels and contrasts between Islamic and Western governments. Mehrdad Kia received his M.A. (1980) and his Ph.D. (1986) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell College before coming to the University of Montana in 1989. He has studied the intellectual history of nineteenth century and early twentieth century Iran, the Ottoman Empire, and Transcaucasus. He has published extensively on the emergence of a new Muslim intelligentsia that focused primarily on issues of political modernization, socio-economic reform, and the relationship between the Islamic world and the West. Mehrdad Kia has won several teaching awards at the University of Montana, including in 1997 the Distinguished Teacher of the Year and in 1999 the Most Inspirational Teacher of the Year. In 2000, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching directed by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education honored Professor Kia as one of the U.S. Professors of the Year.

Friday Courses April 10-May 15 Steven K. Hesla with Musical Guest Barbara Blegen The 20th Century Piano Repertoire: A Whole New World of Sounds and Colors! Friday, 12:30 pm-2:00 pm, Music Recital Hall-UM

Recommended text: The Lives of the Great Composers, Harold C. Schonberg, Optional text: Five Centuries of Keyboard Music, John Gillespie This course will examine the beautiful piano music of 20th Century composers and the trends which transformed their work, as well as the context in which these works were composed. There will be entertaining readings and weekly presentations with live and recorded performances of representative works in the Music Recital Hall. Recordings and scores of musical examples will be available online, and the textbooks will be held on reserve at the Mansfield Library. Steven K. Hesla has served on the piano faculty at the University of Montana since 1978. His students have been winners of the Missoula Symphony Young Artist Competition, state and regional winners and national finalists in the solo piano and chamber music competitions of the Music Teachers National Association. A recipient of UM’s School of Fine Arts Distinguished Faculty Award in 1996, Professor Hesla has performed nationally and internationally at venues such as the University of Washington, Seattle, the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. Guest Artist Barbara Blegen, a Missoula native and verteran performer of Community Concerts across the United States under Columbia Artist Management, will continue to grace the class with a variety of solo performances and shared life experience as an artist musician.

“Margaret is a great teacher – fun, encouraging, and knowledgeable...I had a wonderful experience! Having fun and learning at the same time.” -MOLLI members Margaret F. Johnson Let’s Act Friday, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Todd Building-UM, Rm 203

When did you last take a course where you laughed and learned at the same time? How long has it been since you were encouraged to ‘act up’? If the answer is ‘a long time,’ then this is the class for you. We will be doing a variety of easy, fun, vocal, and physical exercises designed to put you at ease in front of any group. Prior theatre experience isn’t necessary, but we love those who have had experience too--just bring a willingness to try. Join the fun! Margaret F. Johnson taught high school theatre for thirty-seven years and has directed over 190 productions. Upon her retirement, the auditorium at Sentinel High School

First Night Missoula-MOLLI Lecture for all ages Dec. 31, 2008 Let’s Act with Margaret Johnson was named in her honor. She served as the Montana State Thespian Director from 1972-1992. After retirement, she has kept busy acting with Missoula Community Theatre, including roles as Mother Burnside in MAME and Yertle the Turtle in Seussical. In April 2007, she was honored for her years in theatre at The Odyssey of the Stars. Her book, The Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide is in its second printing. The Midwest Book Review stated that, “Both experienced and beginning drama directors have easy, experience-backed tips on directing from The Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide: A Complete Tool Kit for Theatre Arts.”

Ron Perrin [19 Seats] Morality of Democracy Friday, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Todd Building-UM, Rm 205

What were the original intentions of the Founding Fathers? Does it make any sense to speak of an American political morality? Is ours a Republic or a Democracy? Why do some scholars see the Civil War as the second American Revolution? What is the relationship between civil society and the democratic state? Reflecting on selections from representative statesmen, philosophers, and political activists (among them Jefferson, Lincoln, Alexis de Tocqueville, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Martin Luther King, Jr.) the course will explore what is unique, what is inspiring, and what is problematic about our political culture and the American experiment with self-governance. Ron Perrin has taught for 38 years in the Department 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 Federation of State Humanities Councils. His academic awards include a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Distinguished Teaching Award, and Visiting Fellowship at the University of Virginia.

Friday Courses April 10-May 15 Linda Gillison Classical Mythology: Stories That Frame Us Friday, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm-Todd Building-UM, Rm 204

In this course students will read some of the most famous literary presentations of Classical Mythology and investigate the stories’ meanings for the Greeks, the intellectual tradition of the West, and for us. Linda Gillison has been on the University of Montana faculty since 1992. She is a classicist with specialties in Greek and Roman history and Roman rhetoric. She teaches a large mythology class on campus every spring.

“My experience thus far has been exceptional – I hope to continue taking advantage of the wonderful program. It is part of what makes Missoula such a great community.”-MOLLI member Robert R. Dozier Pacific War 1941-1945 Friday, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Todd Building-UM, Rm 204

Almost a forgotten part of WWII, the Pacific War was the strangest ever fought by the United States. The battleground was larger than all the landmasses of the earth, the combatants were the products of contradictory cultures, and the weapons used were those perfected from WWI (with the exception of the atomic bomb). Carrier warfare and Japanese Kamikazes will be included in the subject matter. In addition, no quarter was asked, and none given. Robert R Dozier is a Professor Emeritus in the UM History Department. He received his Ph.D. in English History from Cal/Berkeley and has taught history at the University of Oregon, Texas El Paso, and UM. He has roamed the various teaching areas: Intellectual, European, Indian, Canadian, English, and especially U.S. Military History. As a Southerner, he has taught the Civil War or War Between the States, and the Second World War. He enjoys both.

Allan James Mathews [30 seats] Historical Missoula Friday, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Old Journalism Building-UM, Rm 217

Text: A Guide to Historic Missoula by Allan James Mathews Schedule: Walking tour schedule available online or MOLLI Office Relive Missoula’s history from the horrific Glacial Lake Missoula flood to the exciting recent restorations of the city’s architectural heritage. Join Frank Woody, Missoula’s first mayor, for a trip through early Hellgate

Village and Missoula Mills. Experience the battles between Judge Woody and Missoula’s main Madame, Mary Gleim. Walk with Allan on a timetravel journey through Missoula’s downtown and East Pine Street Historic District. Learn how Missoula became “The Great American Place.” Allan James Mathews, author of the award-winning, A Guide to Historic Missoula, owns and operates Missoula Historic Tours, and Blue Rock Histories, an historical consulting business. During his 11 year tenure as Missoula ‘s Historic Preservation Officer, Allan guided Missoula to a ranking of 15th in the nation and first in the state for preservation of historic resources. In 2001, the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission named Allan “Preservationist of the Decade.” In addition to his historic consulting and tours, Allan is employed as historian for the Bureau of Land Management, where he is working on a comprehensive history of the Garnet Mining District. Recently, Allan was part of a team that completed the Missoula Historic Downtown national register nomination. As a presenter for the Montana Speaker’s Bureau, Allan traveled throughout the state addressing the topic, “Historic Preservation & Community ‘Sense of Place’.” In the Summer 2007 edition of, Missoulian editor Sherry Devlin referred to Allan Mathews as... “Missoula’s pre-eminent local historian and historic preservationist.”

“I’ve lived in Missoula for 60+ years, but Allan [Mathews] pointed out things I never even knew.” -MOLLI member

Jon A. Jackson The Dominant Dames: The Mistresses of Mystery Friday, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, Todd Building-UM, Rm 203

Texts: Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith; A Dark-Adapted Eye, Ruth Rendell; Blanche on the Lam, BarbaraNeeley; Case Histories, Kate Atkinson This is an approach to the mystery novel -- the dominant fiction form of the past 80 years -- as written by women, who, it happens, were also the dominant gender in this genre. The course addresses four writers -- Patricia Highsmith, Ruth Rendell, Kate Atkinson and BarbaraNeely -- who have elevated the craft beyond mere entertainment while being quite entertaining, indeed! Jon Jackson has published 11 novels. He has written articles on a wide variety of topics ranging from food, to golf, to fishing, and even including literature. Jon’s schooling includes being a graduate of the University of Montana where he received a B.A. in 1970. He continued to study and later, in 1973, he earned his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. He is also a radio presenter for KUFM - Montana Public Radio - where he hosts two radio shows, ‘The Food Guys’ and ‘Jazz Sessions.’ Jon was born in Michigan and has lived in Montana since 1968.

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Members’ Appreciation Events Contemporary American Indian Experiences:

An Evening with Fritz Scholder and Spirit Trails and Sky Beings

In Collaboration with the Montana Museum of Arts & Culture with Tom Foor, Emeritus Professor Anthropology & Richard Ellis, PhD. FREE with Current MOLLI Membership Wine & Cheese Reception & Art Discussion Paxson & Meloy galleries in the PAR/TV Center

Mar. 9, Mon., 4:00–6:00 pm

Presentations begin at 4:30 pm Masquer Theatre, adjacent to the galleries Join your friends for a wine & cheese reception and the opportunity to view both shows as your time permits before and after the presentations. The first show features Ojibway stories scribed on birth scrolls and the second, lithographs by the renowned artist, Fritz Scholder, of the Tamarind Institute.

Wildlife Film Festival MOLLI Member Event Save the Date: May 11, 2009

On Monday afternoon, May 11, MOLLI members and their guests will be invited to attend a special presentation by Howard and Michelle Hall, world-famous underwater cinematographers, who will be in Missoula as part of the Wildlife Film Festival.

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