Last Fresno State Talks features Tim Skeen

Fresno State Talks speaker Tim Skeen

~ By Kathleen Schock, reprinted from

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Dr. Tim Skeen, award-winning poet and professor of creative writing, will present the final talk in this year’s Fresno State Talks series, “The Times They Are a Changin’: Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan and the Beat Poets.”

Skeen will cover Dylan’s influence on both music and literature, juxtaposing Dylan’s prose against American Beat poets like Allen Ginsberg, Diane DiPrima and Jack Kerouac. Skeen serves as coordinator of the Creative Writing Program.

There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7 p.m., both in the Satellite Student Union. This talk is open to the campus and the Fresno community.

Fresno State Talks, in its fifth year, is intended to be a remix of a traditional lecture series and a TEDTalk with a Fresno State twist. Fresno State Talks features three faculty members in three consecutive weeks whose lecture topics exemplify the University’s values of Discovery, Diversity, and Distinction.

Each of the faculty members were nominated and selected by students.The speakers were nominated by Fresno State students and selected by a student-run committee.

Other talks in this year’s series were Dr. Joy Goto, a chemistry professor who last year played a key role in developing a new approach to understanding the role of environmental toxins in ALS and Alzheimer’s disease, and Dr. Matthew Ari Jendian, who presented “Forward Together: Valuing Differences and Mobilizing Similarities to Achieve Common Goals.”

For more information, contact the Fresno State Talks committee at or call the Student Involvement Center at 559.278.2741.

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