Geek Speak

Upcoming Geek

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

This Geek Speak will discuss the mythology that is American comic books and superheroes. From their origins in folklore and as propaganda, superheroes have taken on a life of their own in American popular culture and have become a lens through which American history and current events can be examined. 

Geeks of the Future

  • ​September 11:  Dr. Jami Stone, On Happiness
  • September 25:  Dr. Chris Hahn, On Funk
  • (Friday) October 3:  Dr. James Reese, On Prison Poetry
  • October 16:  Dr. Amy Fuqua, On Literacy and Democracy
  • October 23:  Dr. Tim Steckline, On Disney
  • October 31:  Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, On Halloween
  • November 6:  Dr. Dan May, On Math and Poetry
  • November 13:  Dr. Adam Gaffey, On Lincoln
  • November 20:  Dr. Robb Campbell:  On Time Travel
  • December 4:  The  Defense

Geeks of the Past
  • 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"