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August 23, 2010


 Registration is now open for fall courses offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Montana (MOLLI).

Community members ages 50 and older can explore topics ranging from literature, history and music to psychology, philosophy and current events through the courses, taught by dynamic UM and community instructors. Fall courses will be held September through November.

An annual MOLLI membership fee of $20 is required to enroll, and membership extends through June 2011 for those who sign up now. Individual course registration costs $60 plus fees, when applicable. This fall, MOLLI will offer a special discount of two courses for $100 ― a 33 percent savings on the second course.

Following is a list of MOLLI courses offered this fall. Courses run Sept. 30- Nov. 5, unless otherwise noted.


  • Jean Bowman: “Our 1972 Montana Constitution: Promises Kept or Opportunities Missed?” (Sept. 22-Oct. 27)


  • David Morgenroth: “What is Jazz?” (Sept. 2-30)
  • Donna Koch: “1910: What a Difference a Century Makes … Or Maybe Not” (Oct. 7-Nov. 12)
  • Eileen Rafferty: “Photography: History through the Camera’s Eye”
  • Minke Medora: “The Face of Hunger in Montana”
  • Joyce Hocker: “Life Writing for Everyone”
  • Philip Bornstein: “Healthy Relationships with Increasing Age”
  • Rick Graetz: “High Asia and the Silk Road”
  • Mark Matthews: “Jitterbugging across the Colorline: Sharing Heritage and Culture”
  • Steven Levine: “Deciphering North Korea: 1945 to the Present”
  • Stan Roden and Phyllis dePicciotto: “Cinema, Comedy and Social Conflict”


  • David Emmons: “Butte, America: The History of the World’s Greatest Mining Town” (Sept. 24-Nov. 5)
  • Mark Johnson: “Obama and the Middle East: Between Iraq and a Hard Place” (Sept. 3-24)
  • Marilyn Bruya: “Yes, You Can Draw”
  • Clem Work: “How Twitter Can Change Your Life: The Promises (and Perils) of Social Media”
  • Dan Spencer: “Reconsidering Jesus: New Perspectives on Jesus and Christianity”
  • Lee Heuermann: “Creativity and the Natural World”
  • John Hunt: “A James Joyce Miscellany”
  • David Curtis: “Buddhism: An Introduction to One of the World’s Major Religions”
  • Ian Lange: “Better Living through Geological Knowledge”
  • Kate Gadbow: “Turning Life into Fiction: Moving Ahead”
  • Jon Jackson: “The Maltese Falcon: A Classic American Mystery”

Complete course descriptions, locations, times, instructor information and registration are available on the MOLLI website at

MOLLI is offering the course “‘The Maltese Falcon’: A Classic American Mystery” in conjunction with The Big Read, sponsored by the Missoula Public Library. The National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read is the largest literary program in the history of the federal government. It is designed to revitalize the role of literature in communities by providing a wide range of imaginative activities related to one book and hosting events in a variety of locations. The Missoula Public Library chose “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett as Missoula’s book for 2010, and programming will take place Oct. 4-Nov. 13.

In addition to its fall courses, MOLLI will sponsor a public lecture by Mark Blumenthal at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in the Broadway Building conference room at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center. Blumenthal is the founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, an independent organization dedicated to disseminating accurate, reliable and responsible information on herbs and medicinal plants.

For more information or to register for courses, call Dannette Fadness at 406-243-2905 or e-mail



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Contact: Dannette Fadness, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM, 406-243-2905,