Interviews, discussions, and lectures involving notable people and equally notable ideas, from the Gallatin Valley and beyond.
George Cole interviews Dorothy Eck for the Media West Oral History Project. Eck served for 20 years in the Montana State Senate representing the Bozeman area. At 88, she remains active in the political life of the state. In 1972, Eck was instrumental in the calling of a Montana State Constitutional Convention. Following the convention in Helena, the new constitution was challenged in the courts and was passed by Montana voters. The interview was conducted June 5, 2012, and the recording is also available at Bozeman’s Pioneer Museum.or Download
Equal Pay Day is held annually in April to signify the point into a year that a woman must work to earn what a man made the previous year. To bring awareness to this issue, the Bozeman Professional Women (BPW), the Bozeman Library Foundation, and Montana Women Vote held a program on April 17 – Equal Pay Day for 2012 – at the Bozeman Library. Speakers included Rep. Franke Wilmer, Corky Bush, and Jan Strout.or Download
Livingston, Montana has long been a legendary arts center–home to actors, writers, painters, musicians, photographers and film makers. Wonderlust, Journeys of the Mind, an organization of lifelong learners sponsored by Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University, and Country Bookstore presented a panel on February 27, 2012 that discussed whether the extraordinary scenery of the Paradise Valley draws artists to this small town or whether it all happened accidentally. Residents from all these fields talked about the near-mystical draw of Livingston.
Moderator: Joanne Gardner, an award-winning video director and producer of music videos, singer, performeror Download
Members of the Panel
Clyde Aspevig–artist who has exhibited in many museums, including MOR
Tim Cahill–outdoor and adventure writer, author 12 books including Lost in My Own Backyard founding editor of Outside Magazine.
Carol Guzman–artist who has exhibited in sundry galleries and museums
Margo Kidder–actress “Lois Lane” of the Superman series, starred in many films including costarring with Robert Redford and Peter Fonda.
Scott McMillion–author Mark of the Grizzly, senior editor of Montana Quarterly
Bill Payne, musician and photographer. He has been referred to by Elton John as one of America’s finest rock and blues musicians and is regarded as one of the best on piano and Hammond B3 organ.
The Wonderlust Friday Forum welcomed Yellowstone Park’s Superintendent, Dan Wenk as the speaker for its first fall forum on Friday, October 7th at noon at Pilgrim Congregational Church. Superintendent Wenk discussed hopes and challenges for the Park in upcoming years.
Following Superintendent Wenk’s presentation, there was a good question and answer session with forum attendees, which you can hear in the second recording.or Downloador Download
Rick Bass reads from an essay-in-progress on “westernness,” bringing together familiar themes of place and people, of beauty and art and their relation to the problematic idea of wilderness. His thoughts are grounded in human and economic realities of life in the Yaak valley in northwestern Montana, where he makes his home, writes, and works with the Yaak Valley Forest Council. This reading took place at the Best of Bioneers event in Bozeman on March 27, 2011.
For more Rick Bass, watch his 2013 Wallace Stegner Lecture at MSU on YouTube.or Download
The Reverend Lois Van Leer (former minister of Bozeman’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship) interviews Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard Divinity School. They discuss the Pluralism Project, along with the history and current status of religious pluralism in the United States.or Download