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GEEK GUIDE 2019-2020

Unless noted, all lectures are held in Jonas 110 at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays and are free and open to the public.

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2018-2019

    • 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”

2017-2018

    • 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

2016-2017

    • "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

2015-2016

    • "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.

2014-2015

    • "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.  

2013-2014

    • "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.