Artist Lecture Series Student Symposium

Artist Lecture Series Student Symposium

The Mission of the Artist Lecture Series is to encourage and provide financial support for extraordinary artistic, cultural and academic experiences for the Hastings College community. The Student Symposium Committee focuses on one topic and brings to campus a variety of speakers, performers and experiences related to the current year’s theme.

The 2015 theme, “Image,” will introduce the students of Hastings College and the community at large to the role of image in our society. The symposium maintains a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Join the discussions at #HSeesThat. 

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Schedule of Events

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

7:00 p.m. – Kaitlyn Hova, "Seeing Sound, Hearing Light"
Location: French Memorial Chapel

Kaitlyn Hova is a neuroscientist performing violinist/composer, creator of ‘The Synesthesia Network’ and co-creator of The Hovalin. Hova has several types of synesthesia, a neurological condition where stimulation of one sense triggers experiences in a second sense. She works with her husband, an electrical engineer and inventor, to create live light shows that project the colors Hova hears when she performs her own music.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

11 a.m. – Dr. Nicole Martins, "Mediated Masculinity: The Impact of the Mass Media on Men's Body Image Concerns and Self-Concept"
Location: French Memorial Chapel

Dr. Nicole Martins (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008) is an Assistant Professor in the Media School where she teaches courses focused on the child audience and media effects. Dr. Martins’ expertise concerns the social and psychological effects of the mass media youth. She has a longstanding interest on the effects of relationally aggressive portrayals in the media, as well the impact of the media on children’s self-esteem and body-image concerns. She has published over two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters, and her work appears in a wide-range of peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Health Communication and Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. Dr. Martins has received numerous top paper awards from the National Communication Association and International Communication Association, including the Outstanding Journal Article Award (co-authored with Barbara J. Wilson) from ICA’s Children, Adolescents, and Media Division in 2013. Dr. Martins is frequently quoted in national news outlets on topics related to children and media.

1:30 p.m. – Dr. Martins & Faculty Panel, "Images, Individuals, and Society"

Location: French Memorial Chapel

1:30 p.m. – Dr. Randy Robinson & Steve Griggs, "Connecting the Creative Process of Cosmetic Surgery and Watercolor Art"
Location: Wilson Auditorium

Randolph C. Robinson, MD, DDS, FAACS, has practiced in Denver since 1992. Dr. Robinson’s patients range from the cosmetic surgery patient desiring an authentic renewal of his or her appearance through a facelift, rhinoplasty or liposuction to the patient who is seeking relief from serious facial pain as a result of TMJ issues. Dr. Robinson performs oral surgeries such as extractions and implants and is also committed to guiding patients through orthognathic (jaw) surgery resulting from facial deformities. Dr. Robinson attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Consistent with a trend for facial surgeons in the United States and Europe, he then obtained both a dental degree and a medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Next, he completed eight years of surgical training, ultimately including two years of general surgery. During his final year of residency in Kansas City, he was selected by house staff and medical students from all specialties as Resident of the Year. Last, he completed a one-year fellowship in craniofacial and plastic surgery with Paul L. Tessier, MD, the world's “Father of Craniofacial Surgery.” Dr. Tessier first performed facial reconstructive surgeries for many severely war-wounded troops and practiced at the Clinique Belvedière in Paris, France. 

Denver based watercolor artist, Steve Griggs, is known for his evocative and award winning art. A member of the National Watercolor Society as well as the Colorado Watercolor Society, Steve is well known for his unique style. He is talented in many art mediums, but has chosen to specialize in watercolor. Steve has been in numerous art shows throughout the United States and has won many awards including 'Best of Show' at multiple juried exhibitions. When asked what art means to him, Steve simply states, "art helps provide continuity between how I experience the world and my emotional response to those experiences."

3:00 p.m. – D-Wayne Taylor, "All Together Now: The Beat of Bringing Audience and Performance Together"
Location: Perkins Auditorium, Fuhr Hall of Music

DeWayne Taylor (better known as D-Wayne) is a Emcee, Speaker, Beatboxer and lover of Twizzlers from St. Louis Missouri. Since moving to Nebraska, D-Wayne has been featured in various media outlets including 1011 News, PBS, TEDx, 106.3 KFRX and has made appearances at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Century Link Center, Memorial Stadium, Verizon Wireless, Universal Studios and more. D-Wayne is a Cornhusker studying Broadcasting and Communication studies with minors in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development. He has emceed and performed for tens of thousands of people from various audiences and yet, all the while, D-Wayne's Philosophy is simple: To create a positive environment and a memorable experience for the event planner and the audience. To find more about D-Wayne or contact him, visit or connect with him on social media with the handle @itsDeWayne

7:00 p.m. – Dr. Jean Kilbourne, "The Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women"
Location: French Memorial Chapel

One of the most prominent advertising experts in the United States, Dr. Jean Kilbourne has been what The Boston Globe described as “a superstar lecturer” for many years, and she has been a guest on hundreds of television and radio programs, including NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, All Things ConsideredThe Today Show20/20, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.One of the most prominent advertising experts in the United States, Kilbourne has been what The Boston Globe described as “a superstar lecturer” for many years, and she has been a guest on hundreds of television and radio programs, including NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, All Things ConsideredThe Today Show20/20, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Thursday, October 22

7:00 p.m. – Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb, "Slant Rhymes"
Location: French Memorial Chapel

Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb are photographers whose work has been seen in publications including Life and National Geographic, and have exhibited in worldwide including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the George Eastman House. Webb has won some of the art world’s most prestigious awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Leica Medal of Excellence, and the Hasselblad Foundation grant.

Please Thank Our 2015 Sponsors

  • Mary Lanning Healthcare
  • Rockbrook Camera

2015 Student Symposium Committee

  • Co-Chairs: Anna Lichti and Anna Griggs
  • Faculty Sponsors: Brett Erickson