A non-optimistic look at optimism is topic for Geek Speak lecture

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, October 20, 2015/Categories: 2015





   

   

   

       

            

       

       

            

           Dr. Timothy Steckline, professor of speech at Black Hills State University will discuss optimism versus realism in "Outgrowing Optimism" at the upcoming Geek Speak lecture series. The lecture is Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. in room 110 of Jonas Hall on the BHSU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

           

       

   



Self-help books tell us to stay positive and that optimism is the key to happiness. Black Hills State University professor Dr. Tim Steckline will look at the million dollar industry of self-help books, seminars and other materials in the upcoming Geek Speak lecture series and offer his dispute of the don&rsquot worry, keep happy attitude.

Steckline, professor of speech at Black Hills State University presents "Outgrowing Optimism" at the upcoming Geek Speak lecture series. The lecture is Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. in room 110 of Jonas Hall on the BHSU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Steckline describes optimism as hopefulness and confidence about one&rsquos future, but he said optimism and happiness are overrated and even dangerous.

"Optimists think that the world is good and it&rsquos here to serve them, while realists think, &lsquoI&rsquom here to learn from the world and it will mean some happiness and it will mean some sorrow.&rsquo Both of these feelings are good. Happiness is overrated, temporary and has a shallow approach," said Steckline.

And if society doesn&rsquot constantly have positive thoughts, they are made to feel guilty, Steckline said, and are taught that without those positive thoughts, life will not get better.

"They are like hustlers selling you fake stuff. And if doesn&rsquot work they blame it on you. Optimists and pessimists are the same people to me &ndash both fixate on the outcomes of either I&rsquom getting what I want or I&rsquom bored with the world," said Steckline.

Future Geek Speak topics include:

Oct. 29 &ndash "The Origins of Language" hosted by Dr. Andrey Reznikov

Nov. 5 &ndash "Studying Society through the Apocalyptic Novel: The Road, The Year of the Flood, The Stand, and On the Beach" hosted by Dr. Laura Colmenero Chilberg

Nov. 12 &ndash "Speaking on Behalf of the Natural World&rsquos Rights" hosted by Dr. Nikki Dragone

Nov. 19 &ndash "Perspectives on Hunger" hosted by Dr. Trenton Ellis and Dr. John Alsup

To confirm topics, dates, and room numbers, visit www.BHSU.edu/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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