BHSU Honors students to discuss Common Core and atomic bomb during Geek Speak lectures

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, April 27, 2015/Categories: 2015









           BHSU Honors students defend their capstone projects as part of the Geek Speak lecture series, free and open to the public, May 4 and May 7 at 3 p.m. in the Joy Alumni Center.




Students from the Black Hills State University Honors Program will defend their capstone projects May 4 and May 7 at 3 p.m. in the Joy Alumni Center in this semester&rsquos final installment of the Geek Speak lecture series. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The students&rsquo diverse lecture topics include a defense of the Common Core State Standards and an analysis of Harry Truman&rsquos decision to drop the atomic bomb, among others. The Geek Speak lecture series features unique topics not normally discussed in general education courses.   

Myranda Mattke, senior from Huron majoring in elementary education who spent the semester studying in Ireland, says her final project explains why the Common Core State Standards are good for South Dakota students.

"I want people to know the full story about Common Core, how these standards are helping students," said Mattke.

Lucas Fralick, junior from Gillette, Wyo., majoring in political science and history, will share a new historical finding about the role Secretary of State James Byrnes played in Harry Truman&rsquos decision to deploy the atomic bomb.

"I&rsquoll present the top eight factors contributing to Truman&rsquos decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, including my argument that Secretary Byrnes, a relatively unknown figure, had a much bigger role in the decision than suggested by other historians," said Fralick.

Kristin Prescott, human services and sociology major form Colgate, Wis., will present data regarding teen athletes and sexual behaviors Kimberly Kaufmann, history major from Cheney, Kan., plans to share her experience researching Castro&rsquos revolution in Cuba and Cody Drolc, political science major from Spearfish, will present an original, working methodology for identifying poststructuralism and structuralism in the work of Marxist Nicos Poulantzas.

The schedule for the lectures is as follows:

Monday, May 4: 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Joy Alumni Center:  

&middot         "Just Do It: Sports Participation &amp Onset of Sexual Behaviors in Adolescents," hosted by Kristin N. Prescott

&middot         "Cracking the 'Hermeneutically' Sealed Box of Structuralism: A Poststructuralist Reading of Nicos Poulantzas," hosted by Cody A.                Drolc

Thursday, May 7:  3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Joy Alumni Center

&middot         "Mathematical Instruction: Sometimes Change is Good," hosted by Myranda K. Mattke

&middot         "In the Name of the People: Castro's Revolution in Theory, Practice, and Results," hosted by Kim R. Kaufmann

&middot         "Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb: A Complex History and Analysis," hosted by Lucas C. Fralick

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

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