We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths. Fun, right? As nerds and non-nerds like to say, Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel™…with Beer!
“It’s The World’s Biggest Party, And You’re Invited: How To Enjoy Soccer’s World Cup.” by Dave Brett Wasser
There is a reason soccer is so popular around the world. It’s a great game! Dave will talk about the history of the sport, and what to look for at the World Cup – including the prospects for our U.S. National Team.
Dave Brett Wasser is a soccer historian, and a consultant to the US Soccer Federation. He also owns the largest archive of historic soccer videos in the country. His writing about soccer has appeared in the New York Times, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal.
“The Amazing Archives of Central Texas,” by Jennifer Hecker
Austin is abuzz with archival activity! UT’s School of Information trains some of the country’s leading archivists and Central Texas is home to over 20 diverse and dynamic archival repositories. Let’s preview this fall’s inaugural Austin Archives Bazaar by taking a quick tour of some of the jewels in our city’s cultural crown!
Jennifer Hecker is a manuscript archivist specializing in processing large collections of literary and personal papers including the Norman Mailer Papers, the David Mamet Papers and the Morris L. Ernst Papers. She also directs the work of the Austin Fanzine Project and chairs the Austin Archives Bazaar.
“Will we need public libraries in ten years?” by Michelle Cervantes
The doomsday prediction that the Internet would be the end of public libraries has not come true. Let’s talk about what’s really going on inside libraries today. What does the future hold for library and information services, and why should you care?
Michelle Cervantes has worked in the library business for over 16 years and is the library director for the City of Round Rock. She was born in Austin and raised in the 78702.
Want to get a jump on your nerdery? Form a covalent bond at Nerd Nite Speed-Dating before the show:
…or just meet some new friends through the Nerd Nite Ambassador program:
There’s still time to sign Nerd Nite’s petition to increase funding for Austin’s libraries – join 800+ of your fellow nerds in supporting free knowledge!
Doors at 7, talks start at 7:30. As always, Nerd Nite is free.
(Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!)
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