Comic book to debut at BHSU Geek Speak on Chinese partnership

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, January 7, 2019/Categories: Events, Students, College of Liberal Arts, Faculty, 2018

The first Black Hills State University Geek Speak lecture of 2019 will include the debut of a comic book created by BHSU student artists based on their experience studying abroad in China. Desy Schoenewies, associate professor of art, will present “Drawings from China: Experiences from the BHSU/Baoding University Partnership” Thursday, Jan. 10 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall 110.

Eight BHSU students were the first Americans to study at Baoding University this past summer. The students spent over three weeks at Baoding participating in collaborative art-marking.

At Baoding, BHSU students exhibited paintings from their traditional Chinese painting classes and immersed themselves into many Chinese cultural experiences such as martial arts, traditional paper cutting, porcelain design, and language courses.

A comic book created by BHSU student artists based on their experiences abroad was created and will be debuted during the Geek Speak lecture Jan. 10.

All are welcome to attend the lecture to hear the stories from students who participated offering their perspective on what it was like to live and learn at a Chinese university.

About BHSU Geek Speak:
The Geek Speak lecture series, sponsored by the BHSU Honors program, features academic discussion and topics not normally discussed in the traditional classroom. The goal of the weekly lectures is to expose students and the community to diversity within the disciplines. Geek Speaks are free and open to the public and held in Jonas Hall 110 at 4 p.m.

Upcoming lectures include:
Jan. 17: Tami Haaland, professor of English at Montana State University Billings: A Poetry Reading
Jan. 24: Tracy Hunt and Chelsey Groseclose, counselors: “The Matrix Within: from Insomnia to Lucidity, the Powers of Sleep and Dreaming”
Jan. 31: Instructors Altman Studeny, Carrie Gray-Wood, Tim Steckline: “Twisted Fibers: Felt as Art, Technique, and Social Critique”
Feb. 7: Dr. David Cremean, professor of English:  “Bruce Springsteen as Storyteller”
Feb. 14: Jeffrey Winter, instructor of mathematics: “Secrets and Unconventional Uses of Microsoft Office”
Feb. 21: Dr. Holly Downing, professor of biology: “Why Our Mascot is Not a Bee—The Frustrations of a BHSU Entomologist”
Feb. 28: Dr. Max Marc, professor of management information systems: “Artificial Intelligence vs. Humans: Thought Experiments on the End-Game”
March 14: Dr. Jarrett Moore, assistant professor of research and assessment: “Manufacturing (Real)ity”
March 21: Dr. Chris Hahn, assistant professor of music: “We’re All Musicians: Exploring the Brain-Music Relationship”
March 28: BHSU Research Symposium Keynote Speaker, Meier Hall
April 4: Petrika Peters, sustainability instructor at BHSU: “Global Dumping: What Happens to Your Electronic Waste?”
April 11: Christopher Landauer and Chris Fuchs: "Wizard, Fighter, Rouge RPG Design: Community Building Through Gaming"
April 25: Courtney Huse Wika, associate professor of English: “A Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings: A (Very Brief) Poetry Writing Workshop”

To read short descriptions of each lecture topic, visit

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