OLLI at MSU to host April 15 online presentation on history of animal spies
From MSU News Service
BOZEMAN — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Montana State University will host the virtual presentation “Animal Allies: The History of Animals in Espionage” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 15. The event, in partnership with the Belgrade Community Library, is free and open to the public.
In the talk, MSU alumna Kelly Lewis will highlight stories of espionage’s most eminent animals and the human masterminds behind them. For decades, furry, aquatic and flying animal spies have been employed in some of the world’s wildest espionage initiatives, from undersea defense and surveillance to cipher smuggling and anti-drone reconnaissance.
Lewis is a former writing and literature instructor in MSU’s College of Letters and Science. She currently lives in New York City pursuing a master’s degree in the Experimental Humanities Department at New York University. Her scholarly research focuses on espionage history and geopolitics in fiction and media, including the relationship the civilian public has with the world of the clandestine.
All Belgrade Community Library online events are hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required and must be completed by noon on April 15. For more information or to register, visit montana.edu/olli. Upon registration, participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and instructions to join the program.
This collaborative community event is free and open to the public thanks to a sponsorship by Kenyon Noble Lumber and Hardware.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at MSU is a program of Academic Technology and Outreach at MSU. ATO works across the university to support and advance its land-grant mission through unique and innovative opportunities for outreach and engagement. •