Geek Speak lecture grooves to funk music on BHSU campus

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, September 22, 2014/Categories: 2014

Black Hills State University returns to the 1970s on Thursday to explore funk music with a lecture titled "All that is Good is Nasty:  The Funkification of the Nation."  The lecture is part of BHSU&rsquos Geek Speak lecture series.

Dr. Christopher Hahn, assistant professor of music at BHSU, will host the discussion Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. in room 110 of Jonas Hall on the BHSU campus.

"We&rsquore going to explore how funk developed and how society influenced the development of funk," said Hahn. "Post-Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Black Power Movement all had a lot to do with the subject matter of early funk music."

According to the Rock &amp Roll Hall of Fame, funk grew as "an heir to and outgrowth of soul," blending rhythm &amp blues, jazz, gospel and psychedelic rock.

Hahn will use music samples and video clips to demonstrate the unique style of funk.

"We&rsquoll compare other parts of pop music versus the emergence of funk in the late 1960s," said Hahn. "We&rsquoll explore what makes it specifically funk music."

Honors students at BHSU suggested rock music as a subject they wanted to learn more about during this year&rsquos Geek Speak lectures.

"To me, the whole idea behind the Geek Speak series is to introduce a topic and have the opportunity to dig into it a bit more - the whole idea of &lsquogeeking-out&rsquo in what people are interested in," said Hahn. "This is an opportunity to examine the arts and further students&rsquo liberal arts education."

Upcoming Geek Speak topics include:

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.
For more information, contact Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, director of the University Honors Program and assistant professor of English, at 605-642-6918 or


Number of views (508)/Comments (0)