MSU Billings

Dr. Tom Nurmi, Assistant Professor, English, Montana State University Billings

To commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this lecture explores the legacies of the novel’s often-overlooked subtitle – The Modern Prometheus – to consider why the Prometheus myth is so enduring in the history of literature and film. What might Prometheus teach us about being human in a rapidly changing technological age?

Dr. Tom Nurmi is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages at MSU Billings, where he teaches American and world literatures as well as courses for the Environmental Studies and Native American Studies & programs. Professor Nurmi specializes in nineteenth-century American literature, and his most recent book, Melville and Ecology, is forthcoming in 2020 from the University of Virginia Press.


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Montana State University Billings’ new chancellor, Dan Edelman, joined MSUB in April of last year. On campus Thursday, he presented on the college’s strategic plan and its objectives. It’s the first of two meetings addressing the plan this month and next.

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Editor's note:  an update from the November 6, 2018 balloting.

Posters by a white nationalist group have been popping up on Montana’s college campuses. Even though officials took down these unapproved posters, Identity Evropa posted the evidence to social media. 

Sesame Street is watched by 6 million children each week; there are more than 82 million Sesame Street “graduates” who grew up watching the show that debuted in 1969. This groundbreaking show has featured over 125 monster characters who are part of shaping the social, emotional, and academic lives of its viewers. Using video examples, Dr. Rachael Waller and Dr. Melanie Reaves demonstrate how the monsters of this show work to intentionally construct a set of shared meanings as everyday resources for cultural life.

In early-modern Europe, wolves--both the rabid and the non-rabid kind--caused the deaths of thousands of people, most of them rural laborers who toiled in fields and meadows. In south-central France in the middle 1760s, peasant women and children suffered a seemingly endless series of attacks by a beast that eventually claimed over one hundred lives.

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The renovation of a 70-year old science building at Montana State University Billings took another step closer toward completion. The Montana Board of Regents on Wednesday authorized the campus to spend just over $17 million dollars on the project before the regents joined students, donors and others for a ceremonial groundbreaking. 

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A ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled at 5:30 this evening for the Yellowstone Science and Allied Health building at MSU Billings. The project is to renovate and expand the current science building, originally built in the 1940’s.

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Once again, the Montana State University Billings Foundation Wine and Food Festival raised scholarships for students. This year Chad Johnson of Dusted Valley and Jeremy Leffert of Rabble Wine Company were the featured winemasters. They came into the studio to talk about modern wines, critic ratings and labels as well as touching on their histories and philosophies on wine making.

It is a startling statistic. A third of students at Montana State University-Billings said they have experienced times when they did not have enough food. And this food insecurity is a barrier to achieving a college degree.

A student needs assessment conducted during the Spring 2016 semester by the Food Insecurity Committee on campus found 34% of students reported not having enough food for themselves or their household, and 26 percent reported having had skipped a meal because the lack of food.

A recent student survey found a third of students at MSU-Billings have reported not having enough food for themselves or their household. And this food insecurity can stand in the way of students achieving a college degree.

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