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Spanish professor at BHSU to address controversial article in next Geek Speak

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Categories: Events, Students, Community, Events, Faculty

After British travel writer Chris Haslam released an article titled “How to be Spanish,” the retaliation has been fierce against his so-called misguided and ill-informed assumptions. Dr. DuLu Hsiao, assistant professor of Spanish at Black Hills State University, will lecture on the effects of the article Thursday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. as part of the Geek Speak Lecture Series.

Through a discussion about the “How to be Spanish” article, Hsiao hopes to bring to light the effects stereotypes can have on a culture. “It’s really easy to give a bad image when you don’t have an idea of what you’re talking about,” Hsiao says, “but it’s so much more difficult to recover from someone’s stereotypes after they have been made.”

This lecture will take place on the BHSU campus, Jonas 110, and is free and open to the public. Full of clichés and stereotypes, Haslam’s article became viral – and not in the way he’d hoped. With the release of an article the next day titled “How to be British,” Spanish readers sent back criticism of the culture of those who had originally criticized their own.

After sharing about the article and its resulting retaliation, Hsiao intends to put some of the stereotypes made in the original “How to be Spanish” article to rest.

“Yes, lunch does take long, we don’t feel bad throwing our trash on the floor at the bars, and if you invite someone to your house, it’s typical that they’ll be at least a half hour late. There are reasons behind all of these idiosyncrasies, though,” Hsaio says.
Perceptions of cultures are so much more than surface level observations, says Hsaio, and working toward acknowledging these is a must.

About BHSU Geek Speak:
The Geek Speak lecture series, sponsored by the BHSU Honors program, features academic discussion and topics not normally discussed in the traditional classroom. The goal of the weekly lectures is to expose students and the community to diversity within the disciplines. Some Geek Speaks are also presented at the Jacket Zone store located on Main Street in downtown Spearfish. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Upcoming lectures include:
  • Nov. 29 – Dec. 6:  University Honors Capstone Defenses
  • Jan. 10: Desy Schoenewies, associate professor of art: “Drawings from China: Experiences from the BHSU/Baoding University Partnership BHSU Artists at Baoding University”
  • Jan. 17: Tami Haaland, professor of English at Montana State University Billings: A Poetry Reading
  • Jan. 24: Tracy Hunt and Chelsey Groseclose, counselors: “The Matrix Within: from Insomnia to Lucidity, the Powers of Sleep and Dreaming”
  • Jan. 31: Instructors Altman Studeny, Carrie Gray-Wood, Tim Steckline: “Twisted Fibers: Felt as Art, Technique, and Social Critique”
  • Feb. 7: Dr. David Cremean, professor of English:  “Bruce Springsteen as Storyteller”
  • Feb. 14: Jeffrey Winter, instructor of mathematics: “Secrets and Unconventional Uses of Microsoft Office”
  • Feb. 21: Dr. Holly Downing, professor of biology: “Why Our Mascot is Not a Bee—The Frustrations of a BHSU Entomologist”
  • Feb. 28: Dr. Max Marc, professor of management information systems: “Artificial Intelligence vs. Humans: Thought Experiments on the End-Game”
  • March 14: Dr. Jarrett Moore, assistant professor of research and assessment: “Manufacturing (Real)ity”
  • March 21: Dr. Chris Hahn, assistant professor of music: “We’re All Musicians: Exploring the Brain-Music Relationship”
  • March 28: BHSU Research Symposium Keynote Speaker, Meier Hall
  • April 4: Petrika Peters, sustainability coordinator at BHSU: “Global Dumping: What Happens to Your Electronic Waste?”
  • April 11: Christopher Landauer and Chris Fuchs: "Wizard, Fighter, Rouge RPG Design: Community Building Through Gaming"
  • April 25: Courtney Huse Wika, associate professor of English: “A Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings: A (Very Brief) Poetry Writing Workshop”
To read short descriptions of each lecture topic, visit
For more information, contact Dr. Courtney Huse-Wika, associate professor of English, at 605-642-6918 or email

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