"The Rules of the Election Game: Political Beliefs in the 2010 Election and Beyond" runs Thursday afternoons beginning Oct. 7. Instructor Jerry Calvert, a retired MSU political science professor, will cover the issues and more abstract values and biases that affect voters' decisions, including how the recent election of Barack Obama has seemingly triggered a strong conservative response and possible reconfiguration of the Republican Party.
"Genius for Our Time: Leonardo da Vinci" runs Tuesday afternoons beginning Oct. 12. The course covers the many dimensions of the famous artist and inventor, including his philosophies about science and technology, the wit and skill of his art, and his roles as theatrical entrepreneur, military engineer and ducal adviser. The instructors are Ray Campeau and Pierce Mullen.
"Parting of the Ways: The Separation of Judaism and Christianity in the First Century" is led by Rabbi Ed Staffman and runs Wednesday afternoons beginning Oct. 13. The course is a historical and sociological exploration of two modern religions that were birthed from a time of religious upheaval.
"The Evolution and Domestication of the Wolf" begins Tuesday afternoons Nov. 23 and probes the relationship between men and dogs dating back to prehistoric times. The instructor is veterinarian Sid Gustafson.
Wonderlust also offers a writing workshop with local author Alan Kesselheim, as well as a new opera club.
All courses are open to the public of all ages, but those who become Wonderlust members receive course discounts, priority enrollment and free entry to other short courses and events, including fall lectures on Native American Studies, science and religion, music and adventure photography. An individual Wonderlust membership is $35 a year.
For more information or to enroll, visit http://eu.montana.edu/Wonderlust or contact the MSU Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683. Free fall course schedules are available online or in 204 Culbertson Hall at MSU.
To learn more about Wonderlust, the public may attend a free wine and cheese reception on Sept. 16 at the Museum of the Rockies. The speaker is MSU President Waded Cruzado.
Marilyn Jarvis, (406) 994-4820, firstname.lastname@example.org