All lectures are held in Jonas 110 at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays and are free and open to the public.
Madness in Popular Culture: The “Insanity” of Women
Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg
Throughout history women have been diagnosed, treated, committed to institutions (or burned at the stake) for symptoms of what their society identified as insanity. From the wild bacchanalia of the Maenads in Ancient Greece, to the delicate insanity of Ophelia, to the mad heroines of classic Victorian literature, to contemporary images found in television series like Penny Dreadful and movies like Kill Bill, women suffering from mental instability has been a favorite topic of popular culture. Why? Is there really a tie between gender and insanity, a “female malady,” or is there something else going on? The social construct of women as “deviant” has a long history. It can be seen in the world’s major religions and spiritual traditions, which often view women as “uncontrollable.” In the last two centuries in particular, we have seen a very strong connection between the concept of femininity and the cultural construction of madness. In this course we will focus on the historical and cultural factors and behaviors that have been associated with madness in women as it is reflected in popular culture. By examining the representations of insanity in popular culture, we can examine changing ideas about gender, social class and family structures, and the effect these factors have on what we consider to be “sane.”
Geeks of the Future
Tuesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 4: The University Honors Capstone Defenses.
Please join us at the Joy Center from 2:00-5:00 p.m. as our University Honors students defend their capstones to graduate as Research Scholars, University Scholars, and International University Scholars.
Refreshments will be provided.
TUESDAY, May 2:
- Ella Vinal
- Rachel Crawford
- Richard Walbe
- JLynn Miller
THURSDAY, May 4:
- Elizabeth Williams
- Michael Hurst
- Naveen Malik
- Courtney Buck
From the September 1 Geek Speak: ;Click here for the full playlist from "All We Are Saying: A Geek Speak Listening Party about Activism in Music," Hosted by Dr. Dan May and Dr. Trenton Ellis.
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.
em>• "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.