•March 5: Dr. Chris Hahn and Professor Kelly Kirk: "All That Is Good Is STILL Nasty: The Continuing Funkification of the Nation Part I: Funk and Urban Culture in the 1970s," will discuss the rise of urban influence in American pop culture and the role of Funk in social commentary, protest, and escapism.
All lectures are held in Jonas 110 at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays and are free and open to the public.
Geeks of the Future
•Wednesday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m. in Jonas 110: Dr. Pamela Wegner will host a very special Geek Speak: “You Want to Send a Message, Use a Telegram.” Theatre, Politics, and the Art of Confrontation. This open discussion Geek Speak will address the the relationship between an audience and a theatrical performance, which has always been unique and emotional. The audience enters into characters’ lives, empathizing with them and putting themselves into the characters’ situations. Theatre artists throughout the ages have used this relationship to promote political agendas and provoke emotional responses to social issues. Whether the revolutionary “Black Power” plays of the 1960s, the anti-war plays of too many generations, the “AIDS” plays that tried to put a face to an epidemic America would rather ignore, or the controversy generated by BHSU’s own production of Dog Sees God, theatre has been used to effect social change.
Dr. Wegner will host an open discussion on this issue, both from a historical viewpoint, and as a response to our experience on campus. Does a production have the right to “push audience members’ buttons”? What responses can an audience have to a production deigned to provoke or shock them? What is the experience like for actors and audience members in a theatre piece with an agenda beyond just entertainment? Is the University a place for this type of theatre? This session will be a forum to continue the discussion generated on social media after BHSU’s last play.
•March 19: Dr. William Cockrell: "The Videogame Monologues: An Examination of Gender in a Male Dominated World" will focus on the disparate treatment of women in video games. Not only are women often depicted in unrealistic portrayals, female video game players often experience unjust differential treatment. I will use content analysis (examining a sample of video games) to help illustrate and inform gamers that women often encounter drastically different experiences when playing video games. Adding an additional layer of analysis, the presentation will also cover the constant theme of masculine reinforcement in videogames while simultaneously tackling the implicit perceptions of sexuality in the medium.
•March 26: Dr. David Cremean: "Breaking Bad and Inexhaustible Extreme Met(h)aphor" will examine how the television series Breaking Bad amps up its use of metaphor to the point that it becomes "Methaphor"--that is, essentially figurative language and images taken to intertwining, seemingly inexhaustible extremes. From its use of color to cancer, of various Walters to significant names for others, and on to numerous more elements, it is a show centered on hyper-stimuated figuring.
•April 9: Dr. Dan May: "Love Me I'm Rich: The Rise and Fall of American Alternative Rock"
•April 16: Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis: "The Truth is in Here: Why 12 Million Americans Believe Lizard People Run the Country (and other “crazy” conspiracies)"
•April 23: John Ginther: On Game of Thrones
•April 30: Dr. Dave Berberick: On the History of Heavy Metal
•May 5 and May 7: The Defense (Capstone defense for UHON seniors)
Geeks of the Past
•"Butchers, Buffoons, and 'Basterds': Nazis in Popular Culture," Dr. Tom Arnold
• “The Sound (and a Bit of Sense) of Poetry from Ancient Times to the Present," Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein.
•"Hands Up Don't Shoot: Boiling Points of Tension in Ferguson, Missouri," hosted by Professor Desy Schoenewies.
•"The Rhetoric of Equality: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Arguments on Civil Rights," hosted by Dr. Adam Gaffey.
•"Disruptive Depictions of Disability in South Park," hosted by Dr. Rickie Ann Legleitner.
•“Welcome to the Zombie-Ridden Landscape of the Real: The Walking Dead and the 21st Century Passion for the Real," hosted by PhD Candidate Tyrone White.
•"The Fall Defense: Revealing Tournament Theory's Motivational Techniques within Hollywood Movies; On Finding Hope" hosted by Julie Gueswel and Jordan Louks.
•"The Geek Chic" hosted by Dr. Robb Campbell
"Lincoln and Gettysburg: From Rhetorical Artistry to National Totem," hosted by Dr. Adam Gaffey.
•"For pairs of lips to kiss maybe / Involves no trigonometry : Mathematics and Poetry," hosted by Dr. Dan May.
•"Practical Magic: The Myths and Rituals of Halloween," hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika.
•"The Dark Mouse: The Evils of Disney," hosted by Dr. Tim Steckline.
•"Why Democracy Needs Good Novels: The Future of Fiction," hosted by Dr. Amy Fuqua.
•"WE ARE #RAVENSNATION: Violence in the NFL," an open panel discussion. Hosted by Drs. Marker, Anagnopoulos, Gaffey, and Wallerstein.
•"All That is Good is Nasty: The Funkification of the Nation," Hosted by Dr. Chris Hahn.
•"Happy? The Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment:" Hosted by Dr. Jami Stone.
•"The Super History of America's Superheroes," hosted by Professor Kelly Kirk.
•The Defense: "The Surveillance Industrial Complex: America's Privacy Crisis;" "Distinguishing the Meditative Benefits of Drawing Within and Without Borders on Acute Stress" (The traditional defense for graduating University Honors Students) Nicole Faas and Kaitlin Schneider, respectively.
•"This is Gonna Suck: The Vampire in History and Literature," hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika.
•"A Look at Beauty: Bias, Brokenness, and the Pursuit of Truth," hosted by Professor Gina Gibson.
•"Children Beware! Stephen King and Evil in Its Many Forms," hosted by Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg.
•"My Bloody Valentine: The Psychology of Serial Killers," hosted by Dr. Emilia Flint.
•"Just a Shadow You're Seeing That He's Chasing: Bob Dylan, Mystic," hosted by Dr. David Cremean.
•"What Does the Fox Say: The Animal in Art and Society," hosted by Dr. Ann Porter.
•"We Wish you a Merry and Terrifying Christmas: Myths, Histories, and Legends of the Holiday"
•"56 Houses Left: Urban Decay and Abandonment," hosted by Professor Desy Schoenewies.
•"Killing the President: JFK and the Conspiracies," hosted by Dr. Sasha Pursley.
•"The Good Death: Death and Dying in the Civil War," hosted by Professor Kelly Kirk.
•"Your Guide to the Apocalypse: The History of Zombies," hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika.