Skip to Content

How To Tweet From Another Century

mona_lisa_texting_post_card-r5c3315bd19e540ac890326e9372fe36a_vgbaq_8byvr_512

Martha Bayless, one of six speakers featured at the recent DUKTalks event, provided an enlightening talk on the ways that medieval rune sticks served much the same function that Twitter and texts do today.

DUKTalks, which took place on Sept. 27, showcased the best of the College of Arts and Sciences, with faculty, alumni and student speakers sharing their individual paths of discovery.

Many thanks to our enthusiastic audience of 200 guests! Alumni, donors, students, faculty and staff turned up at the beautiful Robinson Theatre for an afternoon of brain candy and a special guest appearance by the Duck.

In the video below, Bayless, a medieval scholar and Professor of English, illustrates how brief and personal everyday messages (exactly like tweets)—sometimes sharing “too much information”—are nothing new.

 

Other speakers included:

W. Andrew Marcus, Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Watch his talk: A Dean’s Welcome (and a Parent’s Perspective)

Rossmary Marquez (’14, Human Physiology), an international student   
Watch her talk: The Journey is the Reward—One Student’s Story

Raghu Parthasarathy, Assistant Professor of Physics
Watch his talk: The Physics of Life

Ian McNeely, Professor of History and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
Watch his talk: Reinventing Knowledge

Tucker Bounds, (’02, Political Science), Director of Corporate Communications for Facebook
Watch his talk: The Promise of the Connected Generation



Andrew Lubash already knew he wanted a career helping others, but he didn’t expect to get so ...
lubash2
Is there a future for the American university? History professor Ian McNeely responds in this ...
Ian McNeely (1)
A University of Oregon student and a recent graduate have won the first-ever Peabody Award given to ...
stendal
Making a movie typically takes time, money, and a small army of professionals who can keep a ...
steinbach-banner