Skip to Content

How To Tweet From Another Century

postcard of Mona Lisa texting

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



Don Corson attended the UO in the late 1970s to work on his PhD in urban geography. He’s spent ...
Don Corson
Robert Wah, ’79 (chemistry), has been selected as president-elect of the American Medical ...
Robert Wah
William Sullivan, MA ’79 (German), is a hugely popular hiking author. But there were plenty of ...
Hikers along a hillside and river
Katie Meehan will be studying the challenges of implementing water supply alternatives, like ...
meehan-mexico-450x338