Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 100 cities across the globe. At these events, several people each give a 20 minute fun, yet informative, presentation across all disciplines. The events take place in relaxed environments, usually bars.
The next Nerd Nite Chapel Hill will take place Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at The Pit, 462 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. (This event was rescheduled from an earlier date, due to the hurricane.)
Admission is free.
Follow Nerd Nite Chapel Hill on Facebook for updates and news of future events.
The theme for this event is An All Embracing Assortment. (Meaning the theme is maybe no theme.)
Information, from the Facebook event:
1. Max Owre, Executive Director of Carolina Public Humanities
— Killer Clothes—Napoleonic Uniforms and the Height of Military Fashion —
Epaulettes, buttons, shakos, cords and feathers adorn the outfits of musicians from Sergeant Peppers Era Beatles to our own Tar Heel band. Where did all this frippery come from? Nerd Max Owre will take us back to the greatest age of military fashion, the Napoleonic era, to address the origins of this decidedly dorky look. We will discusses why people dressed up for war, look at some of the most fantastic outfits of the period, and explore the both the image and reality of uniforms of the age.
2. Christy Croft, writer, healer, and consent & sexuality educator
— Sex, Grace, and Social Justice: How Immanent Theologies Make Matter Matter —
Theologies that emphasize immanence — a divine spark, sacred nature, or the cosmos as Ultimate Power — easily inform people’s environmentalist activities. After all, if the cosmos is sacred — Gaia, Mother Earth — then the imperative to protect it from human harm and allow biodiversity to flourish takes on new meaning. Viewing humans as ecological offenders outside of nature sometimes overlooks that ultimately, we’re animals, and without minimizing our incredible impact on the earth, we are also part of nature, part of the cosmos, only one out of many species. In this talk, Christy Croft will walk us through some of the deeply human implications of immanent theologies — implications that shape and inform how we approach touch, consent, sexuality, relationships, disability, race, economic inequality, and other social justice issues.
3. Jules Larson, Nerd Niter Extraordinaire
— contemporary roller derby and neo-burlesque —
These updates can be seen as an athletic sport and a framed staged performance respectively. Each provide a space that encourages gender play through interactions between participants and audience.
This talk explores how each activity allows for a range of feminine identities and commentary by performers on the social and cultural expectations of women.
Drawing on Jill Dolan’s work on sexuality and gender along with fieldwork, she will discuss how this commentary comes from participants simultaneously critiquing and embracing those expectations in their performances through costuming, use of the body, and the presence of an audience who interpret the events.