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Theories of language and power to be discussed in next BHSU Geek Speak Lecture

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, March 11, 2019/Categories: Events, Community, Events, Faculty, 2019

In the next Geek Speak Lecture, “Manufacturing (Real)ity,” Dr. Jarrett Moore, assistant professor of research and assessment at Black Hills State University, will take the audience through several theories of how power and language create the reality in which we live. Join him in Jonas Hall 110 Thursday, Mar. 14 at 4 p.m. to learn more.

Using theories and modern day examples, Moore plans to explain how media and political narratives serve certain groups of people and lead to domination of ideas by setting the context of the discourse. Some of the theorists he will discuss include Foucault and Bovet.

Moore says, “Discourse doesn’t necessarily represent reality, it creates reality. It’s a productive force.”

The presentation will cover how power and language are connected and how they are used in our modern societies as well as in the past. How one perceives language also has an impact on power, as well. According to Moore, some call this “coded language.”

“Power doesn’t exist except in the exercise of power. Power is not a good or bad thing, it causes a result to happen,” Moore explains.

People use language and discourse to create or achieve a desired reality, according to Moore.

In addition to teaching the School of Education at BHSU, Moore is currently working on several research studies related to social studies standards and the connection of philosophy and practice.

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. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Upcoming lectures held at 4 p.m. in Jonas 110 unless noted:
  • 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 Vincent W. Youngbauer “The Importance of Media Literacy Education in 21st Century America,” Meier Hall
  • April 4: Petrika Peters, sustainability advocate: “Global Dumping: What Happens to Your Electronic Waste?”
  • April 11/April 25: Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, associate professor of English: “A Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings:” A Two-Part Poetry Writing Workshop to celebrate National Poetry Month
To read short descriptions of each lecture topic, visit
For more information, contact Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, associate professor of English, at 605-642-6918 or email

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