NERD NITE

Nerd Nite DC

Welcome to the monthly Nerd Nite, where nerds can share their passions and unusual research with a room full of people eager to spend a weekend night in a bar learning.

Nerd Nite DC is DC’s original science + nerd + drinking event. See us nerd out!



"Beyond Horoscopes: How Astrology Can Lead to Interesting Life Insights" by Rowena Winkler


Summary: Many of you may know your zodiac sign, but more recently, astrological concepts such as Mercury in Retrograde, Rising Signs, and Synastry (AKA compatibility) have started coming into the mainstream via online articles and popular apps such as Co-Star and The Pattern. In this presentation, learn from Rowena’s experiences getting more involved in the study of astrology, and how this knowledge has impacted several areas of her life — and potentially yours as well.  


Bio: Rowena Winkler is a former Communications professor now Communications manager at a software company who balances writing about technology with exploring her co-worker’s astrology charts. Other than being way too involved in other people’s lives, she is a community theater performer, choreographer, and director in the DMV area, an avid foodie, and the mother of three adorable cats. She and her husband Derek are expecting their first child and will be adding a human to the Winkler clan in March 2020




"An Idiot’s Guide to Being a Guide" by Blake Lindsey


Summary: Taking tours of the U.S. Capitol has been a tradition in DCsince it opened in 1800.  Which means the Capitol Guide Service has seen some things over the years. Come hear some of them and next time your outof town friends/family want a “tour” of DC, you might be a little more prepared…


Bio: Blake isa local historian, author, and U.S. Capitol Guide.  Don’t tell my bosses I’m here…haha justkidding they wouldn’t mind but maybe to be safe don’t mention it to them.




"If loose lips sink ships, what might her other parts do?: Policing women’s talk in wartime" by Rebecca Adelman


Summary: During World War II, the “loose lips” blamed for “sinking ships” frequently belonged to women, and posters reminded amorous GIs not to share sensitive information in an attempt to impress the ladies.  Today, OPSEC (Operational Security) materials for military families warn wives to scrub their social media and keep their husbands’ deployments secret.  While men telling women to be quiet is hardly novel, in these cases, talkative women are portrayed as not just irritating but lethally dangerous.  These chatterboxes will be our guides through a history of the U.S. military’s approach to the problems of its men liking women, and those women liking to have contact with the outside world.


Bio: Rebecca Adelman is an Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies at UMBC, where she teaches and writes about things like militarized violence, surveillance, and media theory.  Her newest book is Figuring Violence: Affective Investments in Perpetual War, and everyone should buy it.  Rebecca is currently 11.8% done with her life ambition to run a marathon in every state + DC.  Turns out, there are a lot of states.

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