Oct 19, 2012

FVCC to Host 'This is Montana' Lecture

The Continuing Education Center at Flathead Valley Community College will host the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program, “This is Montana,”  presented by Rick and Susie Graetz on October 29.  Partial funding for the Speakers Bureau program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust and from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

From the simple grandeur of the Montana prairie to the majesty of mountains that crowd the horizon, Montana is a land of diverse and grand vistas.  It truly earns the description “High, Wide and Handsome” – a title author Donald Culross Peattie gave it in the 1930s.

During their presentation, Rick and Susie will shed light on what makes Montana special and why residents’ ties to the land lead them to stay rather than go elsewhere by showcasing the beauty and uniqueness of the Montana landscape through their photography and colorful historical stories.  The uncommon and simple grandeur of the sweeping Montana prairie and the magnificence of its mountains are hallmarks of the Graetzs’ presentations.

Rick, or “Professor Rick” as his students call him, is a geography professor at The University of Montana (UM) and teaches numerous courses which include topics such as Montana, Crown of the Continent, Yellowstone National Park, and North America.  Susie has been a research professor in UM’s Central/Southwest Asia Studies program and has edited several books for the program.  Both Rick and Susie have authored articles for numerous national publications, and they wrote the long-running syndicated newspaper column “This is Montana.”  They are credited with having written more than 500 magazine and newspaper articles.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the large community meeting room inside the Arts and Technology Building on the college’s campus.  For information, contact the FVCC Continuing Education Center at 756-3832.