Dive Deep: Mini Semis

Mini Semi's are miniature seminars lasting from 10-20 minutes based on a topic relating to: music, movies, or other media.

Student Sign Up

Please follow the link to RSVP for the Mini Semis you would like to attend. Walk up will be welcomed based on availability.


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September 12, 2017 - Various Times (see below) - Great Hall (Check-In)

Students should arrive 10 minutes early to the event. Swipes will occur at the check in table at the Great Hall. Walk-ups will be welcomed but please RSVP using the form on our website. Once sessions have started students will not be permitted to enter.


Archetypes in the Game of Thrones

Why is the Game of Thrones so wildly popular? Perhaps it is because of the engaging, complex characters. In this mini seminar, we will explore the characters and why we find them so intriguing.

1:00-1:20 p.m.

Chained to the Rhythm and Deeper Meaning in Other Music Videos

Think you have what it takes to find all the deeper meaning and context in the selected Music Videos? Then this seminar is for you. 

5:30-5:50 p.m.

Comics Aren't Just for Kids: A History

A look at the history of comics and how they have evolved from kid's stuff to cover a wide variety of topics and styles. 

3:00-3:20 p.m.

Get Tuned In

Fan of Cartoons? This session is for you. Come learn about how others experience tuning into TV. 

10:00-10:20 a.m., 10:30-10:50 a.m.

Improv Your Life

Come to this session to learn about applying primary tenets of improvisational acting to your life. 

12:00-12:20 p.m., 12:30-12:50 p.m., 5:00-5:20 p.m., 5:30-5:50 p.m.

Listening to Hip Hop

Hip-hop's ever-changing sounds and styles may make it easy to overlook the deep and important messages found in the lyrics and symbolism of this vital part of the pop culture landscape. But if we learn to listen, we can learn to grow as individuals and as communities.

12:00-12:20 p.m., 12:30-12:50 p.m., 4:30-4:50p.m., 5:00-5:20 p.m.

Memes for Success

Memes can be used to express thoughts or ideas-they can also be used to teach a thing or too as well. Come to this seminar to learn about learning styles, studying, and test preparation using some of our favorite memes. 

12:30-12:50 p.m.,  1:00-1:20 p.m.,  1:30-1:50 p.m.

Music and Social Justice

This mini semi will discuss music and how it has played a role with social justice. 

1:30-1:50 p.m.

Your Brain on Music

Ever wonder what happens when you listen to music? This Mini Semi looks at the scientific effects of music on intellectual tasks and productivity.

2:30-2:50 p.m.

Hamilton's America | Lin-Manuel Miranda, Shakespeare, and Hip Hop

Explore the inspiration behind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical Hamilton, Miranda’s connection to Shakespeare, and the influence of hip hop in Miranda’s storytelling in this media gallery from GREAT PERFORMANCES: “Hamilton’s America.”

4:30-4:50 p.m.

Dressing the Part: MTV and the Disruption of Gender

In this session we will discuss how MTV created a visual space for artists to challenge gender norms. We will do this using bands from divergent genres, such as Mötley Crüe and The Eurythmics, who used the visual nature of MTV to present unexpected takes on masculinity and femininity. We will also address the power of the music video in current culture by discussing the portrayals of femininity in a clip of Beyoncé Knowle’s visual album of 2013.

11:00-11:20 a.m., 4:00-4:20 p.m.

The Rap and Wrestling Connection

The Rap and Wrestling Connection is a weekly NSFW podcast created and produced by Josh Beech and Jane Daugherty. We'll talk about what it takes to produce a weekly podcast (a lot more than you might imagine) and discuss the connections between rap and wrestling.

10:00-10:20 a.m., 10:30-10:50 a.m., 1:30:1:50 p.m., 2:00-2:20 p.m., 2:30-2:50 p.m., 3:00-3:20 p.m.

Share Your Art. Share Your Heart.

This session will teach students how to use expressive art for healing and exploring emotion. 

11:00-11:20 a.m.

Singing for Justice: Following the Musical Journey of “This Little Light of Mine”

Students will learn the history behind “This Little Light of Mine”, following the song through slavery, the civil rights movement, and up to its current day applications. 

11:30-11:50 a.m.

Songs, Sex, and Secrets

Songs about sex have been sung for centuries. Have you ever listened to what the songs are saying? We will listen to songs and discuss the secret messages they give about sex, consent, and communication. 

2:30-2:50 p.m.

Songs/Artists Who Have Sparked Movements

This seminar will highlight music and artists that have had a major impact on music culture.

10:00-10:20 a.m., 10:30-10:50 a.m.

Spin the Bottle: Booze, Badgers, and Being Yourself

Media portrays college life as nothing but a party. Watch popular video clips and talk about how those images affect stereotypes and behaviors of college students. 

2:00-2:20 p.m.

TV History

Ever wondered how television and viewing have evolved throughout history? Come to this session to learn a bit about this history of television.

2:00-2:20 p.m.

Music of the Mardi Gras Indians

Introduce students to the culture of music as it connects to Mardi Gras Indians taking place in the African American community of New Orleans. 


11:30-11:50 a.m., 12:00-12:20 p.m., 12:30-12:50 p.m., 1:00-1:20 p.m.


What Do You Meme I Need a Resume?

Google "career memes," and you're bound to find many that makes total sense! For instance, "Upload your resume, and then painstakingly fill out this form containing the exact same information." Join Career Development & Community Engagement as we analyze such memes and talk about the current state of career preparation and the tools and strategies you need to be successful and stand out from the competition. We encourage you to bring your own memes and discussion points you want to discuss. 

12:00-12:20 p.m., 12:30-12:50 p.m.