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Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series

Attn: Emily Zwick and Annie Jewell
New Student Services
Kansas State University
177 Berney Family Welcome Center
705 N. 17th Street
Manhattan, KS 66506





Educational Opportunities

Creative Thinking: A Design Process

Ms. LaBarbara James Wigfall, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

This presentation focuses on how we can change our ways of thinking and habitual patterns of doing things in order to produce more creative solutions. The art of creating can be applied to everything, from designing a city master plan, a building, or park, to selecting clothes we wear to school. Each design we create expresses our personality and our attitude about life. Therefore, the way we design our environments must be logical, practical, and adaptable. The more creative we approach problems, the more effective will be our solutions.

Fiction Writing Workshop  

Dr. Daniel A Hoyt, Assistant Professor of English

In this interactive workshop, we will talk about and write fiction — a.k.a. the lie that tells the truth. Together, we'll discuss the purpose and elements of fiction, we'll start writing our own new short stories, and we'll examine and share the results of our work.

Jazz: A Metaphor for Life

Dr. Wayne Goins, University Distinguished Professor & Director of Jazz

There are many different aspects involving the life of a jazz musician that are surprisingly common to every day life of non-musicians. My lecture will explore some of these commonalities. For example, the concept of “improvisation” is usually directly related to the art of jazz, but it might surprise most people to discover the amount of improving that takes place in the normal routine of their day. Another common occurrence in jazz is the kind of communication and teamwork involved among jazz band members in order to create what is commonly recognized as “swing.” This phenomenon also takes place in high frequency among a large percentage of groups in the both the workplace and at home—whether we realize it or not. Finally, the art of both writing and speaking have strong parallels to the language of music in general, and building a “jazz solo.” 

It Doesn't Matter Where You Are From.  What Matters is Do You Know How to Navigate an Uncertain Future?

Dr. Bernard Franklin, Special Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life

Learning Styles

Blue Key Students, Blue Key Senior Honorary

The goal of this workshop is to guide participants in identifying their primary learning styles, and appreciate the learning styles of others. Also included is a discussion in teaching toward every learning style.

Real Joy in Scholarship: How to Discover and Leverage Your Scholarly Identity

Dr. Justin Kastner, Co-Director of Frontier Program

This talk seeks to debunk a commonly held view that academic and vocational titles (e.g., one's major, minor or job title) accurately and comprehensively express one's scholarly identity, while providing practical guidance on how to discern one's true identity as a scholarly, thoughtful leader. The talk will provide practical guidance on how to both (a) discover one's scholarly interests, instincts, and skills and (b) accurately communicate one's scholarly identity. While helpful to students and faculty alike, the talk will be of particular value to students beginning the internship search and job-placement process.

Six Contemporary Fiction Writers Everyone Should Know  

Dr. Daniel A. Hoyt, Associate Professor of English

In our high-speed, dot.com world, fiction remains an invaluable tool for magnifying and examining our own lives. This presentation covers six 21st-century writers — people like George Saunders and Jennifer Egan — who are breaking new ground in fiction, who are telling new stories, who can help us understand the world in sharp and vital ways.

Stimulating Creativity: You Can Be Creative Even Though You May Not Be Artistic

Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, Instructor, Department of Management

At a time when the need to be efficient is at an all-time high, the need to be innovative is competitive for the same incentives.  Creativity leads to innovation and innovation contributes to efficiency, yet many of our current workplaces do not stimulate, reinforce, or reward creativity.  There are few formal trainings that teach creativity and much of society views creativity as an art form or as something that does not belong in a corporate setting.  This session deals with the biases of creativity and facilitates ways that it can be stimulated in the everyday workplace of corporate America.

Study Abroad: Destination Italy

Dr. Anthony Nussmeier, Assistant Visiting Professor of Italian

Touching on academic study and travel to Italy, as well as linguistic, cultural, and historical issues related to study in Italy, this lecture explores study in Italy.

The Art of Perfect Practice   

Dr. Julie Yu-Oppenheim, Associate Professor of Music

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice!  Serious musicians know that the real answer is that perfect practice leads to perfect performance.  Rehearsing and reinforcing errors or rehearsing inefficiently is what all professional musicians avoid.  Music practice and rehearsals require objectives, a plan, strategies, skills, assessment, and evaluation.  This presentation shares some of the secrets of the most successful musicians and how they can apply to any area of study.

Why Literature Matters: Reading in the Twenty-First Century

Dr. Anthony Nussmeier, Assistant Visiting Professor of Italian

In an ever-more digital world, this lecture explores why reading literature - especially medieval literature - still matters today, and what sort of universal lessons it holds for us.