|Peter Matthiessen, two-time winner of a National Book Award, gave the 2009 Montana State University's Friends of Stegner Lecture on April 23, 2009. Matthiessen is a naturalist and conservationist who has published more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction, including "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" and "Far Tortuga." In November 2008, he received a National Book Award for "Shadow Country," a revision of the fictional trilogy he released in the 1990s. Read more...|
|Montana State University awarded its Presidential Medal for Global and Visionary Leadership to world-famous entomologist and author Edward O. Wilson at a ceremony on April 9, 2009. Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who has been called the "father of biodiversity," received the medal before a crowd of several hundred people inside the fieldhouse, including Bozeman and Belgrade high school students. Read more...|
|A three-day event that brought together musicians, scholars and music lovers to celebrate the 200th birthday of German composer Felix Mendelssohn was held March 26-28, 2009 at MSU.
"Mendelssohn in Montana: A Humanistic and Artistic 200 Years Commemoration," featured lectures by musicologists and historians, including R. Larry Todd, one of the country's foremost Mendelssohn scholar.
There were eight scholarly sessions and four concerts. Read more...
|The Humanities Institute presented a free public lecture about the history of photography on January 21, 2009. Frank H. Goodyear III, assistant curator of photography at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, spoke about "Abraham Lincoln in Historic Photographs." Goodyear is the author of "Red Cloud: Photographs of a Lakota Chief" and "Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer. Read more...|