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MSU spring lifelong learning courses announced

December 10, 2010

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Spring 2011 courses are now open for enrollment from Wonderlust, a lifelong learning organization affiliated with Montana State University's Extended University.

"Film in America: Hollywood" runs Tuesday afternoons beginning Jan. 25. Instructor Paul Monaco, an MSU film professor, will survey the development of the Hollywood feature film from the advent of synchronous sound production in 1927 to the present.

"Dimensions of Buddhism" runs Thursday afternoons beginning Feb. 24. The course is an overview of Buddhism, including history, art, beliefs and practices of Buddhism across regions and time. The instructor is Holly Grether, who also teaches at MSU.

"Darwin's Insights and Darwin's Legacy" explores the historical development of ideas about evolution and addresses the answers proposed by scientists to fundamental questions about evolution. The course also covers the evolution of organisms such as whales, honey bees, peacocks, salmon and orchids. The course is taught by MSU entomology professor Kevin O'Neill and runs Tuesday afternoons beginning March 1.

"Railroads and the World They Made" begins Wednesday afternoons starting March 23 and covers the history, operations and contemporary issues of railways in western North America. The instructor is historian Dale Martin, who also teaches at MSU.

Wonderlust also offers an opera club that discusses Metropolitan Opera performances prior to their telecast at the local Hollywood Theater complex at the Gallatin Valley Mall.

All courses are open to the public, but those who become Wonderlust members receive course discounts, priority enrollment and free entry to other short courses and events, including lectures on music, politics, history and current events.

For more information or to enroll, visit or contact the MSU Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683. Free spring course schedules are available online or in 200 Culbertson Hall at MSU.

Marilyn Jarvis, (406) 994-4820,