Geek Speak

Upcoming Geek

    • October 16:  
      "Why Democracy Needs Good Novels:  The Future of Fiction," hosted by Dr. Amy Fuqua on October 16, will argue that getting lost in a really great book makes a person a better citizen.  Thus, public education in the United States should emphasize the humanities in addition to STEM subjects, in particular the study of fiction.  In a democracy, reading lies and untruths is an act of patriotism.  4:00 p.m. in Jonas 110.


Geeks of the Future

  • October 23:  
    The Dark Mouse, hosted by Dr. Tim Steckline on October 23, will offer a cultural and political critique of the products and ideology of Disney.  Using examples from films, theme parks, toys, and multitude of other products issued by Disney in America and internationally, the lecture will explore how Disney devalues women and workers and seeks to subjugate the world to the Disney empire. 

  • October 30:  
    "Practical Magic:  The Myths and Rituals of Halloween," hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, on October 30 will examine old-world and current Halloween celebrations, rituals, and charms, and explore our current fascination with the holiday.  Costume contest to follow. 

    When the owls begin to hoot,
    Quickly don your mummer's suit,
    Steal softly out and don't be late,
    For Hallowe'en decides your fate!
    --1912 postcard

  • November 6:  
    "For pairs of lips to kiss maybe / Involves no trigonometry : Mathematics and Poetry," hosted by Dr. Dan May on November 6, will explore the long history of overlap shared by mathematics and poetry, dating back at least four thousand years. This overlap has included poetry intended to teach mathematics, and we will see poems both old and new inspired by the beauty in classical mathematics.  We will also show how mathematics can be used to inform the structure of poetry, and discuss some ways in which collections of poetry can be analyzed using techniques from more modern mathematics. 

  • November 13: 
    "Lincoln and Gettysburg:  From Rhetorical Artistry to National Totem," hosted by Dr. Adam Gaffey on November 13, will explore what makes the Gettysburg Address great.  In a speech that took less than three minutes to deliver, Abraham Lincoln presented a work that has been hailed as the pinnacle of eloquence and celebrated as political scripture.  This presentation will explore the historical context, rhetorical artistry, and enduring public reception of Lincoln’s extraordinary speech. 

  • November 20:  
    The Geek Chic, hosted by Dr. Robb Campbell on November 20, will examine the current "geekdom" fad.  In the Second Gilded Age (1980s - 2000s) Americans were deep into the Cracker Chic: watching NASCAR, buying horses, shopping at Walmart, romanticizing poverty. Now, in our own fascinating decade of transition, Americans have shifted into Geek Chic: obsessing over STEM, watching the Big Bang Theory, training their brains, calling themselves geeks as in this series. We'll look at the origins of Geek Chic and whether it may be a sideways salvation for the American Republic.

  • December 4:  The Fall Defense

Geeks of the Past

  • WE ARE #RAVENSNATION:  Violence in the NFL, an open panel discussion. Hosted by Drs. Marker, Anagnopoulos, Gaffey, and Wallerstein.  October 2, 4:00 p.m., Jonas 110.

  • All That is Good is Nasty:  The Funkification of the Nation: Hosted by Dr. Chris Hahn.  September 25, 4:00 p.m., Jonas 110

  • "Happy?  The Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment:" Hosted by Dr. Jami Stone.  September 11, 4:00 p.m., Jonas 110

  • The Super History of America's Superheroes.  Hosted by Professor Kelly Kirk.  Thursday, September 4 at 4:00 p.m. Jonas 110

  • 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)

  • "This is Gonna Suck:  The Vampire in History and Literature"

  • "A Look at Beauty:  Bias, Brokenness, and the Pursuit of Truth"

  • "Children Beware!  Stephen King and Evil in Its Many Forms​"

  • "My Bloody Valentine: The Psychology of Serial Killers"

  • "Just a Shadow You're Seeing That He's Chasing:  Bob Dylan, Mystic"

  • "What Does the Fox Say:  The Animal in Art and Society"

  • "We Wish you a Merry and Terrifying Christmas:  Myths, Histories, and Legends of the Holiday"

  • "56 Houses Left:  Urban Decay and Abandonment"

  • "Killing the President:  JFK and the Conspiracies"

  • "The Good Death:  Death and Dying in the Civil War"

  • "Your Guide to the Apocalypse:  The History of Zombies"