Honors Program presents Geek Speak lecture series.

Upcoming Geek and Future Geeks

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 Past

  • Metapatterns," Dr. Liz Fayer and Dr. Joanna Jones
  • "From Blake to the Beatles and Beyond: The Legacy of Romanticism," Dr. Martin Fashbaugh
  • "Bad Bureaucrats? The Future of Whistleblowing in a Post-Snowden World," PhD student (and University Honors Program graduate) Cody Drolc
  • "Advocating for the Protection of Native Women Through Theatrical, Spoken Word and Slam Poetry Performances," Dr. Nikki Dragone
  • "Do-si-dos and Dihedrals: Mathematics and, wait, what...Dance?!?," Dr. Dan May
  • "Truly Revolution? The Haitian Revolution and its Legacy," Dr. Jason Daniels
  • "Who is The Reluctant Celebrity? - Crazy Horse, Korczak Ziolkowski, Chief Henry Standing Bear, or a University and Medical Training Center," Dr. Jeffrey Wehrung
  • "Mathematical Music: Bob Dylan's Extra-Lyrical Artistry" Dr. Justin Tremel
  • "Prejudice, Privilege, & Perseverance Through the Lens of Disney's Zootopia," Erica Whitiker
  • "Stunde Null: The Holocaust and Memory after 1945," Dr. Adam Blackler
  • "Panic! At the Meat Department. Food Scares as Moral Panics," Dr. Trenton Ellis
  • "Iconography of Desire (And Confusion)," Dr. Avi Jain
  • "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Oscar Wilde: The Dialectical Cowboy," Dr. Tim Steckline
  • "BHSU Edge: Creating the Professional Student Development Program," Karin Humar, International University Scholar
  • "Supersymmetry, Superstrings and the quest for the Theory Of Everything," Dr. Nag
  • "Are We All Related? Race and the Embrace of The Other," Professor Jace DeCory and Dr. Tim Steckline
  • "Lawyers, Home Runs, and Money: The Long and Ongoing Corruption of Professional Baseball, America’s Past-its-Time," Dr. David Cremean
  • "999 Mona Lisas in the Age of Digital Reproduction: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Walter Benjamin," Dr. Tim Steckline
  • "I'm Like, Who Needs This Grammar Stuff?" Dr. Andrey Reznikov
  • "LGBTQ+: Fleshing Out the Acronym," Dr. William Cockrell, Dr. Lesleigh Owen, Terri Bruce, and Dr. Emilia Flint
  • "Recycling Perceptions," Hailima Yates
  • "Dangerous Minds: Banned Books and their Authors," a panel discussion with Scott Ahola,Emily Eggebraaten, Amber Wilde, and Shana Monnens
  • "Uranium Mining in the Black Hills: An Explosion of Interest," Dr. Lilias Jones Jarding
  • "All We Are Saying: Social Activism in Music," Dr. Trenton Ellis and Dr. Dan May
  • "In vitro Nanoparticle Cytotoxicity on Buffalo Rat Liver Cells," Alicia Benz, International University Scholar
  • "The Islamic Moorish Influence on the Architecture in the South of Spain," Ashley Ruegg, International University Scholar
  • "The Social Life of Meat," Dr. Trenton Ellis
  • "A Tour of Voting Systems: How do we choose a winner?" Dr. Dan Swenson
  • "God Show Me the Way: Religion and Hip Hop," Dr. Day May
  • "Not Just a Cheesy Monster Movie: the Multiple Meanings of Godzilla," Dr. Tom Arnold
  • "Draw Something! A Drawing Workshop," Professor Desy Schoenewies
  • "Biblically Speaking: Sin and the Role of Women in the Christian New Testament," Dr. Amy Fuqua
  • "Preaching to the Nerves Instead of the Judgment:' The Victorian Sensation Novel," Dr. Martin Fashbaugh
  • "The Narcissistic Doctor? Leadership, Ethics, and Dr. Who," Dr. Jeffrey Wehrung
  • "I Was Real Once,” sighed Mr. Holmes: #BelieveinSherlock #FightJohnWatsonsWar," Dr. Nikki Dragone
  • "Public Speaking: Raising Hell," Dr. Adam Gaffey
  • "#BlurredLines: American Raunch Culture," an open discussion with Drs. Courtney Huse Wika, Trenton Ellis, Rickie Legleitner, and Laura Colmenero-Chilberg
  • "Stuffies, Sex and the Contemporary Counter-Reformation," Professor Ann Porter
  • "So Much More Than 'Just a Game:' A Complete Summer Program Curriculum for School-Aged Children Aligned to Education Standards," University Scholar Megan Hohn.
  • "Perspectives on Hunger," Dr. Trenton Ellis and Dr. John Alsup.
  • "Speaking on Behalf of the Natural World’s Rights," Dr. Nikki Dragone.
  • "Studying Society through the Apocalyptic Novel: The Road, The Year of the Flood, The Stand, and On the Beach," Dr. Laura Colmenero Chilberg.
  • "The Origins of Language," Dr. Andrey Reznikov.
  • "Outgrowing Optimism," Dr. Tim Steckline.
  • "Robin Hood Redux: How through Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), CEOs Rob From the Poor and Pay the Rich," Dr. Byron Hollowed.
  • "Now That It's Too Late?: Climate Change and the Anthropocene," hosted by Instructor Matthew Bauman.
  • "Ethnobotany and Indigenous Lakota Plants," hosted by Professors Jace DeCory, Justin Ramsey, Tara Ramsey, and John Dixon.
  • "I'll Take You to the Dark Side: Our Fascination with Death and Disasters," hosted by Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto.
  • "The Man on the Motorcycle: The Revolutionary Thought of Che Guevara," hosted by Dr. Tim Martinez.
  • "Always Contested:The Confederate Flag in the Public Imagination," hosted by Dr. Adam Gaffey.
  • "All that is Good is Nastier than Ever: Punk vs. Disco: The Defunkification of the Nation," hosted by professors Kelly Kirk and Chris Hahn.
  • "Just Do It: Sports Participation & Onset of Sexual Behaviors in Adolescents," hosted by Kristin N. Prescott (Defense).
  • "Cracking the 'Hermeneutically' Sealed Box of Structuralism: A Poststructuralist Reading of Nicos Poulantzas," hosted by Cody A. Drolc (Defense).
  • "Mathematical Instruction: Sometimes Change is Good," hosted by Myranda K. Mattke (Defense).
  • "In the Name of the People: Castro's Revolution in Theory, Practice, and Results," hosted by Kim R. Kaufmann (Defense).
  • "Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb: A Complex History and Analysis," hosted by Lucas C. Fralick (Defense).
  • "Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game," John Ginther.
  • "The Truth is in Here: Why 12 Million Americans Believe Lizard People Run the Country (and Other “Crazy Conspiracies)," Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis.
  • "Love Me I'm Rich: The Rise and Fall of American Alternative Rock," Dr. Dan May.
  • "Breaking Bad and Inexhaustible Extreme Met(h)aphor," Dr. David Crimean.
  • "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 Cockerel.
  • "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," hosted by 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.

31: Tim Steckline: “Simulations of History: 8 Second Looks at 4 Iconic Photos”

The Hindenberg exploding and burning. Oswald’s face contorting as he is shot by Jack Ruby. A plane crashing into the side of a tower. Photos present us with a representation of reality, something so convincingly reminiscent of our vision of the everyday world seen in its shifting veil of light, that we readily accept photographs as faithful evidence of an objective past. But photography constructs realities, and converts the past as experienced into a frozen simulation of history, an iconic image. To test this idea, four significant and familiar photos from the past will be given a second look, contextualized, analyzed, interpreted . . . and then, upon a second second look, shown to be problems for interpretation. The photos for our consideration will be The Flag-Raising at Mt. Suribachi (1945), shot by Joe Rosenthal;  The V-J Day Kiss (1945), by Alfred Eisenstaedt; The Napalmed Girl (1972), by Nick Uts; and The Tank Man (1989), by Jeff Widener. Come ready with eyes bigger than your stomach, as there will be a picnic of full helpings of scopophilia, with sides of captions, spiced with several invidious comparisons, and topped with a dash of snarky iconoclasm. After dinner mints are gratis, courtesy of photojournalists everywhere.

7: Colin Garnett: “Weapons of Math Destruction”

This will be a discussion of some of the algorithms that rule our lives. In particular it will be my focus to bring to light some of the ways in which our opinions are changed by such algorithms and examples of how such algorithms might ruin our lives. I will also discuss the difficult topic of keeping such algorithms proprietary, on one hand it may very well be unfair to the public while on the other hand by releasing the specifics of the algorithm there is a potential for misuse of these algorithms.

14: Gina Gibson: "I Am The Bone Collector, Now What Do I Do?”

Gina Gibson's recent body of artwork includes an assemblage of bones, stones and other items gathered out of curiosity and admiration. Although the shapes, textures and visual aspects are engaging, these items have meaning beyond their aesthetic qualities. This Geek Speak will focus on artistic practice as well as themes in Gibson’s recent body of artwork for the exhibition “Remains” on view in the BHSU Ruddell Gallery August 21-September 27, 2017. A reception for the exhibit will follow the lecture in the Ruddell Gallery.

21: Dan May: “The Joy of SET: Inroads into Combinatorics and Finite Geometry”

The card game SET is a pattern-matching game which is easy to learn, but surprisingly rich in mathematical content. SET was created by a geneticist, and study of the game has allowed mathematicians to answer questions that were posed before the game was even invented! In this Geek Speak, we will learn to play the game (of course!) and examine some of its interesting mathematical properties. Along the way, SET will allow for a gentle and accessible introduction to the fields of combinatorics and finite geometry. (The title of this talk is borrowed from a 2017 book published by Princeton Press.)

28: Karl Lehman "Imagining Mythica: Hit-and-Run Game Design for the Bullheaded OR Building Narrative Engines for an ADD world at the Intersection of Math, Myth, Movies, and Money OR Perseverance and Beginner's Mind: The Eye-opening March from Mythica to Walmart"

First by whim, then by accident, and now by sheer grit (stupidity), Karl Lehman is a game designer. In the process of telling the unlikely creation story of "Mythica: The Fate of Heroes" board game, he will say what he can about creative process, the state of narrative in this bizarre, tech-driven world we inhabit, and how all good work begins in Comp 101.

5: Andrey Reznikov: “The Meaning of Everything:” The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

This year celebrates 160th anniversary of the beginning of what would become OED: a unique undertaking in the field of lexicography. The members of the Philological Society who first discussed the idea of a New English Dictionary in 1857 probably did not realize what they were getting themselves into. They believed the dictionary will be in 4 volumes and about 6,400 pages, and it will be ready in 10 years. They were wrong in all three estimates: the dictionary was ready in 70 years, it was in 10 volumes and had 15, 490 pages. About 2,000 people contributed 5 million quotations to the editorial board; one of the most prolific contributors was American physician, Civil War veteran, Dr. W.C. Minor – who was sending his examples of quotations from a ward in a prison asylum.

12: Denice Turner: “Tasting Life Twice: On Life-Writing and Wellbeing”

Why write about our experiences? Keep a journal? Document our observations and struggles? In this presentation, Denice Turner discusses the psychological benefits of life-writing, including its therapeutic mechanisms for PTSD sufferers. Whether you want to laugh at your foibles, sort out a trauma, or turn your life into art, this presentation will inspire you to start scribbling.

19: Du-Lu Hsiao: “Use of Images for Visualization and Visual Literacy in Language Class”

In spite of images – as visual aids – have always played an important (if subservient) role in language teaching materials, in our context, Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL) is a psycholinguistic, social and cultural activity that presents an evident dominance of written input over visual input (Goldstein, 2012). This Geek Speak is just an attempt to show an alternative path that aspires to offer a number of different ways to use images that would help to balance the presence of visual input in the SFL class.

The images have been selected for SFL classes, not because of being design-products for commercial purposes, but because it contains universal visual value and therefore a highly communicative impact. Images, as well as music, can transcend the boundaries of language systems as it allows an interpretation and understanding beyond the specific linguistic coding of languages. By behaving as signs or symbols easily interpreted in the manner of a text, visual content has been treated from two points of view always valid in the encouragement and development of these socio-emotional strategies that conduct to the development of oral expression and interaction, particularly in the SFL and generally in Foreign Language classroom. These perspectives are specified in procedures of visualization and visual literacy.

26: Courtney Huse Wika: “Something Wicked This Way Comes: The History, Myths, and Rituals of Halloween”

Straddling the crossroads of light and darkness, autumn and winter, life and death, All Hallows’ Eve is rooted in the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain. November 1 marked a new year for the Celts, and the night before was one of magic and mystery where the veil between worlds was lifted and the night became a conduit for spirits of the dead to revisit the earth. The holiday was both a celebration of the year’s harvest and acknowledgement of the cold, dark months to come. Many of our contemporary practices are rooted in Samhain rituals, such as our costumes, bonfires, tricks and mischief, and door-to-door feasts. This lecture will investigate connections between the ancient holiday and contemporary American traditions, as well as introduce audience members to various Halloween rituals and divination practices of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Northern England. Festivities will conclude with a costume contest…so come dressed in your best effort to escape the icy grasps of those who have returned.

2:  Kelly Kirk, “Veterans Legacies in the Black Hills” We have the distinct honor in the Black Hills to be home to five different national veterans cemeteries. These cemeteries are truly repositories of history, a unique opportunity to connect local stories with national history. To recognize this, Black Hills State University has partnered with the National Cemetery Administration to help tell the stories of veterans interred in the national cemeteries in the Black Hills region. This presentation will unveil what the Veterans Legacy Program has achieved thus far, share veterans’ stories and student experiences regarding the program, and discuss opportunities for future involvement.

16: Dr. Parthasarathi Nag: “Searching for Riemann: A brief history and some recent insights into one of the most intriguing unsolved million-dollar problem in mathematics”

Riemann Hypothesis has been considered one of the most challenging unsolved problem in mathematics. It is the 8th problem contained in the famous list of Hilbert’s twenty three unsolved problems presented at the International Congress of Mathematicians at Sorbonne on August 8th, 1900. Moreover, Clay Mathematical Institute has elevated it to be one of the Millennium Problems in Mathematics. In this talk, I will attempt to give a brief overview of the Riemann Hypothesis, it’s relation to Prime Number Theorem and the latest attempts using tools from number theory and physics to solve this famous problem whose solution has remained elusive for over 150 years.

30: University Honors Capstone Defenses

7: University Honors Capstone Defenses

11, 18, 25: (Three-part discussion) Carrie Gray-Wood (host): Religious Diversity in the West Panel, with esteemed faculty and community members as speakers:  Dr. Tim Steckline, Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, Professor Emeritus Jace DeCory, Dr. Parthasarathi Nag, and Ms. Naveen Malik

This panel is a series on local faculty/staff/student perspectives about their own religious paths. The panel is designed to showcase the religious diversity found on the BHSU campus, emphasizing non-Christian minority beliefs and the personal variations in each presenter’s perspectives. The overall goals are to allow the audience to become familiar with some of the more common tenets of each organized religion presented, and common linkages between the ethics and belief systems of each, while still emphasizing the idea that each presenter brings their own personal interpretation of their religion. Current possible religions to showcase include Hinduism, Lakota Spirituality, Islam, Buddhism, and/or possibly Judaism, Sikhism, and various Pagan perspectives. In light of the recent anti-Semite/nationalist fliers found on campus, it is important to promote and celebrate the diversity found in our area.

(BONUS!  Dr. Blackler will host a Pre-Speak at the Jacket Zone at 617 Main St. on Wednesday, January 31, at 4:00 p.m.  Join us at either location on either day.)

1: Adam Blackler: “Berlin Now: A Portrait of a City after the Wall”

Since the turn of the millennium, Berlin has been one of the most popular cities in the world. Why, however, in an elusive question. One can find delicious cuisine in each of Berlin’s various neighborhoods, for instance, but the Hauptstadt nevertheless lacks the culinary reputation of other European capitals. Though Berlin claims a proud architectural and scientific history, the history of the Third Reich casts a wide shadow, darkening even the most innocuous building and public park. It also boasts no famous architectural monument on the same scale as the Arc de Triomphe, Roman Forum, or Greek Parthenon. Berlin’s most iconic monument, in fact, is what little remains of a twelve-foot high concrete wall that once separated East from West.

What attracts so many people to Berlin are precisely those qualities that are missing in more picturesque capitals—the vibrant history, the perpetual incompleteness, the weirdness, and the general outlandishness that exemplify Berlin now. Few places have experienced the extreme transformations that Berlin has undertaken over the past century. The destruction of the old cityscape in the wake of two dictatorships still marks the architectural and cultural fabric of Berlin. Yet this defect does nothing to detract visitors from falling in love with “the Wall city.” This presentation will explore the architectural, cultural, and historical marvels that make Berlin such an iconic place to experience. From its embrace of John F. Kennedy’s famous ‘jelly-donut speech’ to Mustafa’s Döner Kebaps, Berlin offers something for everyone.

8: Tim Steckline: “America’s Favorite Carnage: Selling Wilderness Ordeals as Spectacle”

As the French Situationist movement could tell you, it’s refreshing to get lost in this day and age. But the reinscribed media genre of the “wilderness ordeal,” in which a human protagonist is depicted as lost and desperately alone in the wilderness, threatens to domesticate even this most feral narrative form. A Situationist critique of the film 127  Hours, which dramatizes the ordeal of Aron Ralston in a Utah slot canyon, shows us a person engrossed in the digital spectacle even when pinned in a Utah slot canyon.  Ralston’s episode is compared not only to other recently dramatized ordeals, such as those of Timothy Treadwell and Chris McCandless, but also for historical context the wilderness ordeals of Hugh Glass and Cabeza de Vaca, or the less well publicized modern ordeals of Rudi Lambrechtse and John Ey III. The Situationist take on such reinscribed narratives emerging in the era of the digital spectacle would advise that once our everyday life experience has become so alienating that it requires a spectacular rebirth in a lonely wilderness ordeal, we are culturally in bad shape. We consumers of spectacles may be compared to George Bailey from Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, or a Deadhead pleading for tickets: we need a miracle.

15: Dan May and Courtney Huse Wika: “Fano-Plane and Di-Graph Poetics: Intersections of Math and Poetry”

At first glance, poetry and the discrete mathematics of incidence geometry seem far apart. However there is a history of overlap between combinatorial mathematics and poetry, stretching back at least to sestinas of the twelfth-century. In this talk we will provide a short introduction to graph theory and finite projective planes. We will then describe our recent work of composing poetry using these mathematics objects as structural frameworks. No experience in math or poetry is needed, though you may find yourself wielding both by the end of this Geek Speak.

(BONUS!  Dr. Fuqua will host a Pre-Speak at the Jacket Zone at 617 Main St. on Wednesday, February 21, at 4:00 p.m.  Join us at either location on either day.)

22: Amy Fuqua: “A little more than kin and less than kind.”

The Bantu people of Nigeria say, “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu,” a human being is human because of other human beings. The Lakota people of High Plains of North American say, “Mitakuye Oyasin,” we are all related. This project will examine the idea of relation across religious and cultural traditions. 

1: Jami Stone: “Trash Has Two Parents: The Person Who Threw It and the Person Who Walked by…”

Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Thomas Friedman claims that three areas in our world are accelerating: technology, globalization, and global warming. As global citizens, Friedman charges readers to do more to reuse, recycle, and implement clean energy to halt the conditions that currently exist on earth.

In this Geek Speak learn about Friedman’s return to his hometown of St. Louis Park to see how the community is addressing the three accelerations and what lessons we can learn from his visit.

15: Naomi Even-Aberle: "Wonder Woman, Board Breaking, and Performance Art"

American modern mythology is held by and within the stories of comic books and television shows.  The mother of modern myth, Wonder Woman, was designed to be a lasting symbol of female power, independence, and sisterhood.  But where are today's Wonder Women, and how are they making their voices heard?  Naomi Even-Aberle's recent body of artwork includes an array of performance and process art inspired by her career as a martial artist.  Utilizing her body, board breaking, swordsmanship, and her love of Wonder Women, Even-Aberle presents her latest modern mythological works.

22: Daniel Swenson: “The Geometry of Redistricting”

Legislative district lines for the US House of Representatives (and also state legislatures around the nation) will be redrawn following the 2020 Census. Legislators have an incentive to propose boundary lines that will protect their own chances of re-election, and that will benefit their own party in other races.

Intentionally drawing districts for the purpose of political gain is called “gerrymandering.” We’ll investigate how people are using geometry to tell how “gerrymandered” a district is, and we’ll look at the role math can play in legal issues relating to redistricting and civil rights.

5: Petrika Peters: “Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Making the Connection.”

A sustainable society is one that thrives between the boundaries of a just social foundation and a healthy environment. It is one that is diverse, inclusive and fair. In nature, the greater the amount of diversity in an ecosystem, the healthier and more productive it will be. Greater species diversity ensures greater sustainability for all life forms in ecosystems; analogously, the greater diversity a society embraces and supports, the more its intellectual, social and occupational life will thrive. This presentation will argue that working toward an equitable and just society will inevitably lead us to a more sustainable one.

12: Dan May and Laura Colmenero-Chilberg: "Rebel Girl: Celebrating a Centrury of Exhcange Between American Popular Music and Feminism."

This Geek Speak will cover in some way the intersection between feminism in the United States and American popular music – potentially a broader historical overview of this intersection, potentially a deeper exploration into some specific area of the intersection.

19: Avi Jain: "'Science', the Expert problem, and Mass Hysteria”

Science is a process. Not a final settled state of affairs. Factory produced trans-fats were supposed to be the healthy alternative to natural saturated fats. Now trans-fats are considered poisonous, and saturated fats are once again gaining favor. This talk will describe how and why media and political interests may have promoted bad science in the past (dietary saturated fat is unhealthy, GMOs are safe, etc.), and how contrarian views that go against the scientific consensus were suppressed and continue to be suppressed today, leading to widespread and profound consequences for society.

26: David Berberick: "From Bach to Braindrill: Exploring the 

Similarities between Metal and Classical Music and Fandom"

What genres did what we consider as Classical music fall into when it was being written and were they similar to the genres created that classify Hard Rock/Heavy metal? This talk will explore the audience and message of certain classical pieces compared with the same criteria in Heavy metal music. Researchers have determined that there are similarities to the music elements of what is perceived as Classical versus Hard Rock/Heavy Metal in the musical material as well as people who listen to both types of music today. We will also explore audiences of both Classical and Metal for potential similarities in appreciation and participation.

University Honors Capstone Defenses @ the Joy Center

Please join us as our Honors Scholars defend their capstone work to graduate as International University Scholars, University Scholars, and Research Scholars. Refreshments will be served.   Please note:  these defenses are held at the Joy Center.


Tuesday, April 24:  3:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25:  3:00-5:00 p.m.

Monday, April 30: 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1:  3:00-5:00 p.m.