•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.
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
•April 9: Dr. Dan May: "Love Me I'm Rich: The Rise and Fall of American Alternative Rock." When Nirvana’s Nevermind knocked Michael Jackson off the top of the Billboard albums chart in January of 1992, many viewed it as a sudden and radical shift in the landscape of American popular music. In reality, the success of Nevermind and other records like it was in large part a result of a musical subculture that had been flourishing throughout the 1980s, and we will examine some of the major artists, record labels and developments that infused this scene. We will also discuss the legacy of what is sometimes called alternative rock from the 1980s and 1990s, and situate its so-called “rise and fall” inside larger cycles of popularity within American rock and roll music.
•April 16: Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis: "The Truth is in Here: Why 12 Million Americans Believe Lizard People Run the Country (and Other “Crazy” Conspiracies)," will explore the reasons why people believe in such “conspiracies” and why they tend to stick to these beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The lecture will address some of the popular conspiracies—like bigfoot and loch ness—and discuss some of the psychology behind adherence to such beliefs. Identifying the reasons people hold on to such strange, non-empirically supported beliefs can help us combat day-to-day ignorance on such issues such as vaccinations and autism, where misinformation can have catastrophic results.
•April 23: John Ginther: “Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game.”
Think you know George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones? Think you’re savvy enough, smart enough, or ruthless enough to play “The Game of Thrones”? “Winter is Coming”, “Hear Me Roar”, “Fire and Blood”, “Family, Duty, Honor”, or maybe even “You know nothing… Jon Snow” are words you strive to live by. Do you binge watch HBO’s adaptation, or lay awake at night reading “just 1 more chapter”? If so, then this is the Geek Speak for you! Join us for an afternoon of discussion, admiration, and general “geeking out”. Just keep in mind, like Winter, Spoilers. Are. Coming.
•April 30: Dr. Dave Berberick: On the History of Heavy Metal
•May 4 and May 7: The Defense (Capstone defense for UHON seniors) 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Joy Center
Geeks of the Past
• “You Want to Send a Message, Use a Telegram.” Theatre, Politics, and the Art of Confrontation," Dr. Pam Wegner
•"The Videogame Monologues: An Examination of Gender in a Male Dominated World," Instructor Will Cockrell
•"All That Is Good Is STILL Nasty: The Continuing Funkification of the Nation Part I: Funk and Urban Culture in the 1970s," Dr. Chris Hahn and Professor Kirk
•"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.