CAS faculty present two-minute lectures
Minot State University’s College of Arts and Sciences is again offering students the opportunity to listen to faculty discuss their passions in quick, two-minute lectures.
The inspiration for these lectures began when Robert Kibler, Division of Humanities co-chair, found one-minute lectures on the University of Pennsylvania website and was eager for professors and students here to take part in this experience.
“We have got a lot of extraordinary people here, and we want the campus to know that, and we think this two-minute format here, as elsewhere, gives people a chance to see what we do, what we find to be our passions,” Kibler said. Last spring, Eric Furuseth, professor of English and humanities, discussed Lord Byron, which is one of Furuseth’s specialties, and specifically Byron’s final epic “Don Juan” (which is pronounced Don Ju-on instead of the Spanish pronunciation). Furuseth was excited to share one of his specialties with students.
“Byron has a lot of funny stuff in that poem, so I was able to get pretty good laughs, which was my main aim anyway, to talk about that great poem, get people enticed and share that it’s also pretty funny,” Furuseth said.
According to Kibler, the goal of these lectures is inspiration.
“You never know what’s of interest to you until somebody introduces you to things you don’t know about, and that’s part of it,” Kibler said. “We are hoping to spur their curiosity and their natural desire to know more, want to know more, and the real intention is to introduce students to the smallest bit of something that they might ultimately have an interest in.”
All lectures are at 12:30 p.m. in the Beaver Creek Cafe starting Oct. 11.
The first presenter is music faculty member Carlos Vieria on “Vocal Timbre and Emotional Communication.”
Other scheduled lectures are Oct. 25, “Journalists Under Attack: Combatting Fake News” by Nicole Thom-Arens; Nov. 8, “Attending to the Imagination: Re-imagining Teachers through the Lesson Schetch” by Dan Conn; Nov. 29, “Collage” by Bill Harbort; and Dec. 6, a cello performance by Erik Anderson.
Videos of last year’s lecture series are available on the MSU College of Arts and Sciences webpage.