Next Geek Speak lecture at BHSU promises drawing evolution

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, February 29, 2016/Categories: 2016

Desy Schoenewies, assistant professor of art at BHSU

Black Hills State University welcomes everyone who likes to get creative to start a drawing evolution in the next Geek Speak lecture.

Desy Schoenewies, assistant professor of art at BHSU, will lead an interactive presentation, "Draw Something!" Thursday, March 3 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 110. The presentation will emphasize the importance of drawing and its effects on generating ideas and critical thinking. The event is free and open to the public.

With the rise of new technologies, drawing might seem like an old thing. Schoenewies aims to challenge such perceptions and demonstrate the fun sides of drawing.

"I am an artist and I like to doodle," Schoenewies says. "The audience can anticipate to hear more about the importance of doodling and about formal drawing in general."

Throughout the presentation, questions such as why do we still draw in society, how does drawing help generate ideas and keep our creative side in check, and how is technology affecting the evolution of drawing will be answered by linking the theory and practice together.

Every presented theory will be tested in practice during the presentation.

"I want people to have a good time, pick up a pencil and start a drawing evolution start drawing circles, when in a coffee shop start drawing each other and see how drawing is a community bonding thing," adds Schoenewies.

Schoenewies reveals that the audience can expect a lot of fun drawing activities and that they will see how drawing impacts the brain. Materials will be provided.

"No previous knowledge or skills are required," Schoenewies adds.

"Instead of 'Geek Speak' get ready for the 'Nerd Draw,'" concludes Schoenewies, extending an invitation to everyone who needs a creativity boost for the right side of their brain.

Future Geek Speak topics include:
  • March 17, "Not Just a Cheesy Monster Movie: the Multiple Meanings of Godzilla," Dr. Tom Arnold, instructor of history
  • March 31, "On Hip Hop and Religion," Dr. Dan May, assistant professor of mathematics
  • April 7, "Can Religion and Science Get Along? Sure, but should they?" Dr. Nate Deichert, assistant professor of psychology
  • April 14, "A Tour of Voting Systems: How Do We Choose a Winner?" Dr. Dan Swenson, assistant professor of mathematics
  • April 21, "The Social Life of Meat," Dr. Trenton Ellis, assistant professor of human services
  • April 28, The University Honors Program Capstone Defense
The Geek Speak lecture series, sponsored by the BHSU University Honors program, features academic discussion and topics not normally discussed in the traditional classroom. The goal of the weekly lectures is to expose students to diversity within the disciplines.

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

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