Faculty in West Virginia Universitys Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will discuss topics ranging from violence in video games to books in prison as part of Homecoming activities this weekend.

The annual Homecoming Lectures and Brunch will be Saturday (Oct. 20) in newly renovated Brooks Hall on WVU s Downtown Campus. This years theme,New Challenges Ahead for All of Us,will also include thought-provoking lectures on spring water, blood pressure and the Civil War.

Mary Ellen Mazey, dean of the Eberly College, will welcome guests at 8:45 a.m. followed by the lectures at 9 a.m.

This years lectures:

  • Does Playing Video Games Make Us Violent? Rebecca Chory, associate professor of communications studies, will discuss what the latest video games are like and the effects they have on players.
  • The Water Flows Forth: The Mystery and Science of Spring Water Dorothy Vesper, assistant professor of geology, will discuss why springs exist, how they were viewed in the past and what can be learned from studying water resources.
  • Im So Mad, My Blood Pressure is Going Through the Roof! Kevin Larkin, professor of psychology, will present evidence examining whether psychological stress is associated with high blood pressure.
  • Books Through Bars: Lessons from the Appalachian Prison Book Project Katy Ryan, associate professor of English, will describe the Appalachian Prison Book Project and lessons about literacy, activism, education and social justice.
  • Civil War Generals Take to the Football Gridiron Peter Carmichael, Eberly Family Professor of Civil War Studies, will take the analogy of football and war in a new direction by creating an all-star football team of Civil War officers.

The Orville Eberly Plaza dedication ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Brunch will be served at 10:30 a.m.

The menu includes muffins and nut breads, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, French toast, turkey breast, honey-glazed ham and salad.

The lectures and brunch are free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to preregister by contacting Brenda Riggle at 304-293-4611 or Brenda.Riggle@mail.wvu.edu . When registering, people should indicate the lectures they wish to attend in order of preference. Registration will also be accepted at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on the first floor of Brooks Hall.