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Fall OLLI @ MSU Community Events

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.

Presenter Bios

Dr Leviyah Kern
Leviyah Kern has been practicing medicine since 2008. She enrolled with the California College of Ayurveda in 2015 and graduated in spring 2020 as a Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine. She is committed to restoring optimal health for every person and body through energy integration, lifestyle alignment and nutritional wisdom. During a year-long stay with her Polish grand parents, she fell in love with the elder years and decided to specialize in elder care.
Peter Kolb
Peter F. Kolb has been a forestry specialist at Montana State University Extension since 1997 and is an associate professor of forest ecology and management in the Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. He has conducted research on a variety of forest restoration practices, post wildfire recovery and the role of salvage and sanitation logging, forest debris treatments and impacts on site ecological processes, climate impacts on forest processes and disturbance, windbreak establishment and maintenance techniques, and private family forest ownership trends. In 2008, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Institute for Forests and Forest Management at the University of Weihenstephan in Bavaria, Germany.
Bill West
Bill West managed national wildlife refuges in Montana for 30 years, including assignments at the National Bison Range and Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. His skills include partnership building for the conservation of fish and wildlife, neighbor/landowner relationships, sustainable agriculture, negotiations with Native American Tribal governments, and the management of wild bison, trumpeter swan, grizzly bear and Arctic grayling.

Promotional Material and Logos

September Wonderlust Event Information Flyer
Forest Fires Promo
Humanities Montana Logo
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