BHSU Geek Speak lecture series brings eclectic topics to campus

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, September 10, 2014/Categories: 2014

           Kelly Kirk, instructor of history at BHSU, kicked off this year&rsquos Geek Speak lecture series on Sept. 4 with the topic "The Super History of America's Superheroes."  The lecture series continues each Thursday in BHSU&rsquos Jonas Hall at 4 p.m.

Secrets to happiness, funk music, and prison poetry are a few of the diverse topics slotted for this year&rsquos Geek Speak lecture series held Thursdays at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall on the Black Hills State University campus.

Tomorrow&rsquos lecture, "Happy?  The Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment," will be hosted by Jami Stone, associate professor of mathematics education.  The lecture will focus on the positive psychology techniques of Tal Ben-Shahar, professor at Harvard University, providing a set of principles to increase happiness in daily life.

Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, series creator and director of the BHSU university honors program which hosts the lectures, said the lectures expose students to diversity within the disciplines beyond general education courses.

"Who knew superheroes were an area of study in history, for example, or zombies in English literature?" said Huse Wika, also an assistant professor English.  "These lectures encourage student-faculty dialogue outside of class in an informal setting and help students find peers on campus with similar interests."

Huse Wika said this second year of the Geek Speak series is better than ever with many BHSU faculty signing up filling lecture slots for the entire year and the diversity of topics.

"There&rsquos something for everyone," Huse Wika said.  "From representations of disability in South Park, taboos in popular culture, gender and gaming, evolution of rock and roll, to a costume party history of Halloween, the lecture series feeds our inner geeks."

The next Geek Speak lecture will be held in Jonas Hall Room 110 on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.  

Upcoming topics include:

Sept. 25 - "All That is Good is Nasty:  The Funkification of the Nation" hosted by Dr. Chris Hahn

Oct. 3 &ndash "4 P.M. Count:  Writing for Transformative Justice" hosted by Dr. Jim Reese

Oct. 16 &ndash "Literacy and Democracy" hosted by Dr. Amy Fuqua

Oct. 22 &ndash "The Dark Mouse" hosted by Dr. Tim Steckline

Oct. 31 &ndash "Halloween Costume Party" hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika

Nov. 6 &ndash "Math and Poetry" hosted by Dr. Dan May

Nov. 13 &ndash "Lincoln and Gettysburg:  From Rhetorical Artistry to National Totem" hosted by Dr. Adam Gaffey

Nov. 20 &ndash "The Geek Chic" hosted by Dr. Robb Campbell

To confirm topics, dates, and room numbers, check the BHSU Campus Calendar.

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