Join us for yet another evening of rad talks, beer and nerdy new friends. Be there and be square!
7:30 Talks (Doors open at 6:30)
Talk #1: A Brief Herstory of Gum Shoe Gals, Spy-Fi Sheroes, and Private Dick Chicks
Jennifer K. Stuller
Join pop culture historian and Ink-Stained Amazon, Jennifer K. Stuller, as she presents an introduction to some of her favorite undercover women in pop culture. From Senorita Rio to Honey West, Mrs. Emma Peel, Sydney Bristow, and Bond Girls to Modesty Blaise, Ms. Tree, and more, come learn about the history of female detectives and spies in comics, film, & television – and how as Anti-Bonds and Female Dicks they simultaneously subvert and reinforce gender expectations in Spy-Fiction and the Detective Genre.
Jennifer K. Stuller is a writer, author, scholar, media critic and feminist pop culture historian. She is the Curation Director for GeekGirlCon, a member of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau, and can be found at Ink-StainedAmazon.com.
Talk #2: Holy Hand Grenade: a highly condensed 2 century epic history of the Crusades
There have been a multitude of crusades over the centuries: proto crusades, minor crusades, lesser crusades, northern crusades, non military crusades… But given that I will have only half an hour, and at least a drink or two impairing my memory, this talk will focus on the generally accepted nine major Crusades.
The Crusades were series of expeditionary wars during the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to defend and expand western Christianity in the Levant. These militaristic pilgrimages were mostly backed by the papacy, featured constantly shifting political and religious alliances, amounted to a death toll in the millions, and were for the most part resounding Catholic failures. But hey, at least they brought lasting peace to the near and middle east, right?!
Sasha Myerson’s sophomore talk is fittingly on a topic which she first studied in her sophomore year of high school. It is highly likely she imagines herself in a tweed jacket, seated in front of a toasty fire with well aged scotch, presenting a brief history of the major Crusades for a BBC educational special. It is highly unlikely that this dream, or more generally her degree in Medieval Studies, will ever pay out.