Fall OLLI @ MSU Community Events
The Belgrade Community Library is thrilled to host a free and open to the public virtual (via Zoom) event in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Montana State University (formerly Wonderlust).
These programs are made possible by a Montana CARES Act grant the library received from Humanities Montana and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Registration is required for these events. There are links below for registration for each event, but once you’ve created an account you can register for all three at the same time. You will be asked to create an account if you do not have one already, but there is no charge for this event and it is open to the general community. While you’re there, please browse through the other great OLLI @ MSU offerings and consider joining them for more events as a member (a cost of $45 per year).
If you have questions about this event please call the library at 406-388-4346 and ask for Sarah. If you have questions about OLLI @ MSU in general, please call them at 406-994-6550.
Event Info and Descriptions
September 17 from 6:00-7:30PM Dr. Leviyah Kern presenting “Ayurveda: Then and Now – 5,000 Years of Medicine in the Making” Recording of event.
Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine Leviyah Kern will discuss Ayurveda, a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. She will describe the ancient traditions of Indian medicine, how the Wise Ones (Rishis) viewed the world through the five elements of life, how this medicine came to the far reaches of the world through travel and trade, and how Ayurveda is finding new life as scientific study delves into the efficacy of customized medicine.
October 15 from 6:00-7:30PM Peter Kolb presenting “Montana’s Forest Fires: Why We Just Burn Our Forests” Recording of event.
Peter F. Kolb, forestry specialist at Montana State University Extension and an associate professor of forest ecology and management at the University of Montana, will discuss the unique ecology of forests in the Northern Rockies with specific reference to Montana forest ecosystems. The interaction of Montana mountain geography with Western U.S. weather patterns, and the history of both Indigenous cultures and European American settlers, makes them some of the most complex forest ecosystems in the world. Wildfires have played important role in the development of Montana forests. This program will put the many different perspectives on modern forest conservation and management into context with natural history, future projected climatic variability and the needs of Montana wildlife and human populations.
November 5 from 6:00-7:30PM Bill West presenting “Public Land Business and Local Community: A National Wildlife Refuge Example” Register for the event here.
Bill West, who recently retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after 30 years of managing National Wildlife Refuges in Montana, will discuss land conservation across a patchwork of land ownership in the Centennial Valley. Located in Southwest Montana, north of the Continental Divide, the remote Centennial Valley consists of a high-elevation and nearly intact landscape of forest, sagebrush steppe, wet meadow and the largest wetland complex in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The valley is the upper most point of the Missouri/Mississippi watershed–3,768 miles from the Gulf of Mexico–and includes the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. West will discuss how partnerships that respect the business climate of the local community while protecting public land can result in a thriving local economy as well as successful conservation efforts.