Southeastern's history and political science department invites the public to the following fall lectures:

The Deep Future of Your Music

Joe Burns, Department of Communication and Media Studies 1 p.m, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, Student Union Theater 

The term “Deep Fake” conjures ideas of falsified photos, altered video, and fake news. However, it can also make a new Beatles song without the two remaining members being involved. It can be John Lennon singing a new song written and performed by a computer. It is legal. Imagine a future where you never pick a song. The computer tracks you, your mood, your vitals, and chooses or simply writes a song that's perfect every time. Fiction? It is happening now..

Conquest: The Ships of Cortés Project and the Search for a 500-Year-Old Scuttled Fleet

Christopher Horrell and Melanie Damour, Submerged Archeology Conservancy International, Oct. 20, 1 p.m., Wednesday, Student Union Theater

During Hernán Cortés 1519 expedition to explore and forge trade alliances in Mexico, some of his men mutinied, and he ordered 10 of his 11 ships sunk, sent his flagship to Spain with news, marched inland and began his conquest of Tenochtitlán. In 2018 and 2019, the Lost Ships of Cortés Project conducted geophysical surveys and diver investigations to identify the 500-year-old remains. Horrell and Damour describe the first two years’ findings.

Not Just Another Pretty Face Mask: A Halloween Handful of Historical Maskers

William B. Robison, history and political science department, 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, Student Union Theater

The More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture returns with the usual mix of scholarship, silliness, and surprises as the Head HIPSter examines the role of masks in history just in time to give you a new appreciation of the facial coverings people wear to costume parties, to trick-or-treat, or maybe even to protect themselves from contagion. And remember that costumes, including masks, are not only welcome but encouraged!

The Future of My History: A Fun Look at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival

Alvon Brumfield, Louisiana Renaissance Festival, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, Student Union Theater

The String of Sparks that Started the Show–magic from Lucky Charms, sleight of hand after Bible study, the Tucson Gas Light Theatre, the boss’s wife’s affinity for interactive fantasy, the Arizona RenFest, and some serendipitous synchronization of the situation. Building the Dream–family, fantastic fanatics of fantasy, hysterical historians, elbow grease, luck, and a whole lot of love How it Grew–through an amazing community full of southern hospitality, charity, charm, and integrity.

Veterans Day

Sentimentalizing D-Day: Rising above the Mythologized Narratives of June 6, 1944

Marty Morgan, historian, consultant for HBO, National Geographic, Sledgehammer Games, 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, Student Union Theater

The memory of the D-Day invasion has become a patchwork of myths and legends pulled together to titillate, romanticize and entertain. It describes June 1, 1944 in sentimentalized ways that distort the narrative to a substantial degree, leaving us a complicated mess. But it is possible to cut through the noise by going back to basics, letting original documents do the talking, and dismantling the mythologized narrative.


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