Technology, globalization, and global warming—these three main, driving accelerations in the world today will guide the discussion on environmental consciousness at this week’s Black Hills State University Geek Speak, set for 4 p.m. on March 1 at Jonas Hall, Room 110 on the BHSU campus.
Dr. Jami Stone, associate professor of mathematics education at BHSU, will apply New York Times syndicated columnist Thomas Friedman’s theories of acceleration as presented in his most recent book, Thank You for Being Late, an Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.
This Speak will include interactive discussions how these three accelerations intersect with living in Spearfish, such as picking up someone else’s trash in Spearfish Dog Park or petitioning for recycling to become a city-wide service.
“Spearfish is such a beautiful area—sometimes it’s hard to acknowledge the impact our waste has when we can’t see the impact right in front of us,” Stone said in a release. “I really want to express the importance of being critically conscious of the environment and making the world a better place.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring their smart phones to connect to “Poll Everywhere” to interact with questions in this Speak. For those without a smart phone, Stone will provide other avenues to join the polls.
The Geek Speak lecture series, sponsored by the BHSU Honors program, features academic discussion and topics not normally discussed in the traditional classroom.