BHSU faculty to lead discussion-based Geek Speak on violence and the NFL

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, September 29, 2014/Categories: 2014


           Dr. Christopher Hahn, associate professor of music at BHSU, presented a recent Geek Speak lecture on funk music.  The next installment in the Geek Speak series will be held Thursday, Oct. 2 featuring several faculty and their perspectives on the NFL controversy.

The Ray Rice controversy will drive a campus discussion this week as part of the Geek Speak lecture series at Black Hills State University.  Faculty representing diverse viewpoints and disciplines will lead the dialogue.

Topics of discussion will include the rhetoric of violence, public apology, and issues of violence and gender in the NFL.  The event is open to the public and will be held Thursday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. in room 110 of Jonas Hall on the BHSU campus.

"Recent NFL events have come up in a number of conversations on campus," said Dr. Courtney Huse-Wika, director of the university honors program and creator of the Geek Speak series.  "These conversations prompted the first-ever discussion-based Geek Speak where we&rsquoll come to the table from different disciplines ready to examine the issues."

Huse-Wika, also assistant professor of English Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulous, professor of psychology Dr. Sandra Marker, associate professor of sociology Dr. Adam Gaffey, assistant professor of speech and Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, professor of English at BHSU will lead the conversation.

Upcoming Geek Speak topics:

Oct. 16 &ndash "Literacy and Democracy" hosted by Dr. Amy Fuqua

Oct. 22 &ndash "The Dark Mouse" hosted by Dr. Tim Steckline

Oct. 31 &ndash "Halloween Costume Party" hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse-Wika

Nov. 6 &ndash "Math and Poetry" hosted by Dr. Dan May

Nov. 13 &ndash "Lincoln and Gettysburg:  From Rhetorical Artistry to National Totem" hosted by Dr. Adam Gaffey

Nov. 20 &ndash "The Geek Chic" hosted by Dr. Robb Campbell


To confirm topics, dates, and room numbers, check the BHSU Campus Calendar.

For more information, contact Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, director of the University Honors Program and assistant professor of English, at 605-642-6918 or Courtney.HuseWika@BHSU.edu.
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