Unless noted, all lectures are held in Jonas 110 at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays and are free and open to the public.
Jeff Wehrung: “Why We NEED Science Fiction!”
Dan May: “Bridging the Gap: Diversity in the STEM Pipeline”
“East Meets West (River): Creative Readings from BHSU and USD Creative Writing Faculty”
Tim Steckline: “Zoot Suits and the Sailor Riots of 1943: Race Terror in Aztlan”
Kelly Kirk and Carrie Gray-Wood: “A Taste of Place: The History and Geography of Food in Italy”
BHSUArt Faculty: “Beyond the Classroom”
Kelly Kirk: “Honoring Veterans' Legacies”
Andrey Reznikov “The Role of Bible Translations in Establishing the English Language”
Aaron Bauerly “You are the Hero: Interaction with Mythic Archetypes Through Games”
Du-Lu Hsiao “How to be Spanish”
Desy Schoenewies.: “Drawings from China: Experiences from the BHSU/Baoding University Partnership BHSU Artists at Baoding University”
Tami Haaland: “An Afternoon of Poetry with Montana's Former Poet Laureate”
Tracy Hunt and Chelsey Groseclose: “The Matrix Within: from Insomnia to Lucidity, the Powers of Sleep and Dreaming”
Altman Studeny, Carrie Gray-Wood, Tim Steckline: “Twisted Fibers: Felt as Art, Technique, and Social Critique”
David Cremean: “Bruce Springsteen as Storyteller”
Jeffrey Winter: “Secrets and Unconventional uses of Microsoft Office”
Holly Downing: “Why Our Mascot is Not a Bee—The Frustrations of a BHSU Entomologist”
Max Marc: “It's 2019... how 'Blade Runner' predicted Elon Musk, the Simulation, and the coming war with A.I."
Chris Hahn: “We’re All Musicians: Exploring the Brain-Music Relationship”
Petrika Peters: “Global Dumping: What Happens to Your Electronic Waste?”
Alex Lang: “Noise-Makers: Fascists and Music”
University Honors Capstone Defenses:
Carissa Hauck- “Why Black Hills State University Domestic Students Choose Not to Study Abroad"
Madison Jilek- “Utilizing Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy to Detect Trace Impurities for Rare Event Search Detectors"
Kayti Parish- “Purposeful Movement, its Relationship to Kinesthetic Learning, Ways in which it has Already Been Incorporated into the Classroom, and the Full Body Science Project"
Khazayma Khan-“A Revival of Justice: An End to Life Without Parole Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Crimes”
Alexandra Hancock- “Let Them Play: Increasing Time Children Spend Outdoors in Midwest Towns of Fewer Than 15,000 People"
Courtney Dahlgren- “Photoredox Coupling of an Activated Aldehyde and Various Trifluoromethylation Reagents"
Thomas Trimble- “Platinum Group Elements: A Sustainability Paradox"
Bobby Russell- “Teaching a Work of Literature through Its Historical Development: A Unit Plan for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Julietand Its Sources"
Abigail Burnett- “Business Plan for Galusha Solar;" and Dakota Becher- "The Pen(is) Mightier than Sealed Lips: An Analysis of Rape Culture Within Young Adult Literature"
“Berlin Now: A Portrait of a City after the Wall," Dr. Adam Blackler
“America’s Favorite Carnage: Selling Wilderness Ordeals as Spectacle,” Dr. Tim Steckline
“Fano-Plane and Di-Graph Poetics: Intersections of Math and Poetry," Dr. Dan May and Dr. Courtney Huse Wika
“’A Little More than Kin and Less than Kind:’ The Concept of Relation Across Religious and Cultural Traditions," Dr. Amy Fuqua
“’Trash Has Two Parents: The Person Who Threw It and the Person Who Walked by…:’Thriving in the Age of Accelerations," Dr. Jami Stone
“Gerrymandering:The Geometry of Redistricting," Dr. Dan Swenson
“Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Making the Connection," Petrika Peters
"Rebel Girl: Celebrating a Century of Exchange Between American Popular Music and Feminism," Dan May and Laura Colmenero-Chilberg
"Science", the Expert Problem, and Mass Hysteria,” Dr. Max Marc
“From Bach to Braindrill: Exploring the Similarities between Metal and Classical Music and Fandom,” Dr. Dave Berberick
"Simulations of History: 8 Second Looks at 4 Iconic Photos," Dr. Tim Stecklin
"Weapons of Math Destruction," Dr. Colin Garnett
"I Am the Bone Collector, Now What Do I Do?" Professor Gina Gibson
"The Joy of SET: Inroads into Combinatorics and Finite Geometry," Dr. Dan May
"Imagining Mythica: Hit-and-Run Game Design for the Bullheaded OR Building Narrative Engines for an ADD world at the Intersection of Math, Myth, Movies, and Money OR Perseverance and Beginner's Mind: The Eye-opening March from Mythica to Walmart," Instructor Karl Lehman
"The Meaning of Everything: The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary," Dr. Andrey Reznikov
"Tasting Life Twice: On Life-Writing and Wellbeing," Dr. Denice Turner
"Use of Images for Visualization and Visual Literacy in Language Class," Dr. Du-Lu Hsiao
"Something Wicked This Way Comes: The History, Myths, and Rituals of Halloween," Dr. Courtney Huse Wika
"Veteran Legacies in the Black Hills," Professor Kelly Kirk
"Searching for Riemann: A Brief History and Some Recent Insights into One of the Most Intriguing Unsolved Million-dollar Problem in Mathematics," Dr. Parthasarathi Nag
The University Honors Capstone Defenses: "Spirituality: The Cornerstone of the Inca Empire, Katherine Nelson, University Scholar; and "Financial Literacy and Delayed Gratification for BeeSweet Farmers in Zambia", Katelyn Woten, International University Scholar; and "Evaluating the Clonal Structure of Invasive Ivy through Microsatellite Markers," Alissa Iverson, University Scholar
"Metapatterns," Dr. Liz Fayer and Dr. Joanna Jones
"From Blake to the Beatles and Beyond: The Legacy of Romanticism," Dr. Martin Fashbaugh
"Bad Bureaucrats? The Future of Whistleblowing in a Post-Snowden World," PhD student (and University Honors Program graduate) Cody Drolc
"Advocating for the Protection of Native Women Through Theatrical, Spoken Word and Slam Poetry Performances," Dr. Nikki Dragone
"Do-si-dos and Dihedrals: Mathematics and, wait, what...Dance?!?," Dr. Dan May
"Truly Revolution? The Haitian Revolution and its Legacy," Dr. Jason Daniels
"Who is The Reluctant Celebrity? - Crazy Horse, Korczak Ziolkowski, Chief Henry Standing Bear, or a University and Medical Training Center," Dr. Jeffrey Wehrung
"Mathematical Music: Bob Dylan's Extra-Lyrical Artistry" Dr. Justin Tremel
"Prejudice, Privilege, & Perseverance Through the Lens of Disney's Zootopia," Erica Whitiker
"Stunde Null: The Holocaust and Memory after 1945," Dr. Adam Blackler
"Panic! At the Meat Department. Food Scares as Moral Panics," Dr. Trenton Ellis
"Iconography of Desire (And Confusion)," Dr. Avi Jain
"Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Oscar Wilde: The Dialectical Cowboy," Dr. Tim Steckline
"BHSU Edge: Creating the Professional Student Development Program," Karin Humar, International University Scholar
"Supersymmetry, Superstrings and the quest for the Theory Of Everything," Dr. Nag
"Are We All Related? Race and the Embrace of The Other," Professor Jace DeCory and Dr. Tim Steckline
"Lawyers, Home Runs, and Money: The Long and Ongoing Corruption of Professional Baseball, America’s Past-its-Time,"Dr. David Cremean
"999 Mona Lisas in the Age of Digital Reproduction: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Walter Benjamin," Dr. Tim Steckline
"I'm Like, Who Needs This Grammar Stuff?" Dr. Andrey Reznikov
"LGBTQ+: Fleshing Out the Acronym," Dr. William Cockrell, Dr. Lesleigh Owen, Terri Bruce, and Dr. Emilia Flint
"Recycling Perceptions," Hailima Yates
"Dangerous Minds: Banned Books and their Authors," a panel discussion with Scott Ahola, Emily Eggebraaten, Amber Wilde, and Shana Monnens
"Uranium Mining in the Black Hills: An Explosion of Interest," Dr. Lilias Jones Jarding
"All We Are Saying: Social Activism in Music," Dr. Trenton Ellis and Dr. Dan May
"In vitro Nanoparticle Cytotoxicity on Buffalo Rat Liver Cells," Alicia Benz, International University Scholar
"The Islamic Moorish Influence on the Architecture in the South of Spain," Ashley Ruegg, International University Scholar
"The Social Life of Meat," Dr. Trenton Ellis
"A Tour of Voting Systems: How do we choose a winner?" Dr. Dan Swenson
"God Show Me the Way: Religion and Hip Hop," Dr. Day May
"Not Just a Cheesy Monster Movie: the Multiple Meanings of Godzilla," Dr. Tom Arnold
"Draw Something! A Drawing Workshop," Professor Desy Schoenewies
"Biblically Speaking: Sin and the Role of Women in the Christian New Testament," Dr. Amy Fuqua
"Preaching to the Nerves Instead of the Judgment:' The Victorian Sensation Novel," Dr. Martin Fashbaugh
"The Narcissistic Doctor? Leadership, Ethics, and Dr. Who," Dr. Jeffrey Wehrung
"I Was Real Once,” sighed Mr. Holmes: #BelieveinSherlock #FightJohnWatsonsWar," Dr. Nikki Dragone
"Public Speaking: Raising Hell," Dr. Adam Gaffey
"#BlurredLines: American Raunch Culture," an open discussion with Drs. Courtney Huse Wika, Trenton Ellis, Rickie Legleitner, and Laura Colmenero-Chilberg
"Stuffies, Sex and the Contemporary Counter-Reformation," Professor Ann Porter
"So Much More Than 'Just a Game:' A Complete Summer Program Curriculum for School-Aged Children Aligned to Education Standards," University Scholar Megan Hohn.
"Perspectives on Hunger," Dr. Trenton Ellis and Dr. John Alsup.
"Speaking on Behalf of the Natural World’s Rights," Dr. Nikki Dragone.
"Studying Society through the Apocalyptic Novel: The Road, The Year of the Flood, The Stand, and On the Beach," Dr. Laura Colmenero Chilberg.
"The Origins of Language," Dr. Andrey Reznikov.
"Outgrowing Optimism," Dr. Tim Steckline.
"Robin Hood Redux: How through Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), CEOs Rob From the Poor and Pay the Rich," Dr. Byron Hollowed.
"Now That It's Too Late?: Climate Change and the Anthropocene," hosted by Instructor Matthew Bauman.
"Ethnobotany and Indigenous Lakota Plants," hosted by Professors Jace DeCory, Justin Ramsey, Tara Ramsey, and John Dixon.
"I'll Take You to the Dark Side: Our Fascination with Death and Disasters," hosted by Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto.
"The Man on the Motorcycle: The Revolutionary Thought of Che Guevara," hosted by Dr. Tim Martinez.
"Always Contested:The Confederate Flag in the Public Imagination," hosted by Dr. Adam Gaffey.
"All that is Good is Nastier than Ever: Punk vs. Disco: The Defunkification of the Nation," hosted by professors Kelly Kirk and Chris Hahn.
"Just Do It: Sports Participation & Onset of Sexual Behaviors in Adolescents," hosted by Kristin N. Prescott (Defense).
"Cracking the 'Hermeneutically' Sealed Box of Structuralism: A Poststructuralist Reading of Nicos Poulantzas," hosted by Cody A. Drolc (Defense).
"Mathematical Instruction: Sometimes Change is Good," hosted by Myranda K. Mattke (Defense).
"In the Name of the People: Castro's Revolution in Theory, Practice, and Results," hosted by Kim R. Kaufmann (Defense).
"Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb: A Complex History and Analysis," hosted by Lucas C. Fralick (Defense).
"Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game," John Ginther.
"The Truth is in Here: Why 12 Million Americans Believe Lizard People Run the Country (and Other “Crazy Conspiracies)," Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis.
"Love Me I'm Rich: The Rise and Fall of American Alternative Rock," Dr. Dan May.
"Breaking Bad and Inexhaustible Extreme Met(h)aphor," Dr. David Crimean.
"You Want to Send a Message, Use a Telegram. Theatre, Politics, and the Art of Confrontation," Dr. Pam Wegner.
"The Videogame Monologues: An Examination of Gender in a Male Dominated World," Instructor Will Cockerel.
"All That Is Good Is STILL Nasty: The Continuing Funkification of the Nation Part I: Funk and Urban Culture in the 1970s," Dr. Chris Hahn and Professor Kirk.
"Butchers, Buffoons, and 'Basterds': Nazis in Popular Culture," Dr. Tom Arnold.
"The Sound (and a Bit of Sense) of Poetry from Ancient Times to the Present," Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein.
"Hands Up Don't Shoot: Boiling Points of Tension in Ferguson, Missouri," hosted by Professor Desy Schoenewies.
"The Rhetoric of Equality: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Arguments on Civil Rights," hosted by Dr. Adam Gaffey.
"Disruptive Depictions of Disability in South Park," hosted by Dr. Rickie Ann Legleitner.
"Welcome to the Zombie-Ridden Landscape of the Real: The Walking Dead and the 21st Century Passion for the Real," hosted by PhD Candidate Tyrone White.
"The Fall Defense: Revealing Tournament Theory's Motivational Techniques within Hollywood Movies; On Finding Hope" hosted by Julie Gueswel and Jordan Louks.
"The Geek Chic" hosted by Dr. Robb Campbell.
"Lincoln and Gettysburg From Rhetorical Artistry to National Totem," hosted by Dr. Adam Gaffey.
"For pairs of lips to kiss maybe / Involves no trigonometry : Mathematics and Poetry," hosted by Dr. Dan May.
"Practical Magic: The Myths and Rituals of Halloween," hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika.
"The Dark Mouse: The Evils of Disney," hosted by Dr. Tim Steckline.
"Why Democracy Needs Good Novels: The Future of Fiction," hosted by Dr. Amy Fuqua.
"WE ARE #RAVENSNATION: Violence in the NFL," an open panel discussion. Hosted by Drs. Marker, Anagnopoulos, Gaffey, and Wallerstein.
"All That is Good is Nasty: The Funkification of the Nation," Hosted by Dr. Chris Hahn.
"Happy? The Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment:" Hosted by Dr. Jami Stone.
"The Super History of America's Superheroes," hosted by Professor Kelly Kirk.
"The Defense: "The Surveillance Industrial Complex: America's Privacy Crisis;" "Distinguishing the Meditative Benefits of Drawing Within and Without Borders on Acute Stress," hosted by Nicole Faas and Kaitlin Schneider, respectively.
"This is Gonna Suck: The Vampire in History and Literature," hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika.
"A Look at Beauty: Bias, Brokenness, and the Pursuit of Truth," hosted by Professor Gina Gibson.
"Children Beware! Stephen King and Evil in Its Many Forms," hosted by Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg.
"My Bloody Valentine: The Psychology of Serial Killers," hosted by Dr. Emilia Flint.
"Just a Shadow You're Seeing That He's Chasing: Bob Dylan, Mystic," hosted by Dr. David Cremean.
"What Does the Fox Say: The Animal in Art and Society," hosted by Dr. Ann Porter.
"We Wish you a Merry and Terrifying Christmas: Myths, Histories, and Legends of the Holiday"
"56 Houses Left: Urban Decay and Abandonment," hosted by Professor Desy Schoenewies.
"Killing the President: JFK and the Conspiracies," hosted by Dr. Sasha Pursley.
"The Good Death: Death and Dying in the Civil War," hosted by Professor Kelly Kirk.
"Your Guide to the Apocalypse: The History of Zombies," hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika.