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Nerd Nite Miami is a monthly event during which several folks give fun-yet-informative presentations while the audience drinks along.  It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer!  The drinking is just as important as the learning.

Join us on the 2nd Thursday of each month – Presentations 7:30-9:00pm.

Be there AND be square!

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Feb 11th: Mental health, billfish, and more!

February 11, 2021 at 7:30pm via Zoom and Facebook Live

Speaker Line up coming soon!

Nerd Nite MashUp: Miami + Orlando

Presented by University of Miami’s Graduate Student Association
January 28, 2021 at 7:30pm via Zoom and Facebook Live.

We’re kicking off 2021 with a special Nerd Nite featuring 3 Florida nerd bosses from Nerd Nites Miami and Orlando. Join us for a beer in your sweatpants on your couch and get to know some nerd bosses better.

Line Up:

– Laura Chaibongsai, Nerd Nite Miami co-boss (UM grad alum)

– Ricardo Williams, Nerd Nite Orlando boss

– Melissa Blundell-Osorio, Nerd Nite Miami co-boss

Check back soon for speaker topics and log in info.


Thank you to our sponsor of this special event, UM’s Graduate Student Association. Can’t wait to have the UM students nerd out with us.

Best of 2020: Ghosts, Washington, Sailor Moon

December 10, 2020 at 7:30pm via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Each year we bring back some of our favorite speakers from the year to entertain and educate us once more. Join us online on December 10, 2020 to hear from some Nerd Nite all-stars.

Line Up:

1) Pepper’s (?) Ghost
(Because What 2020 Needs is More Horror)
by Lizzie Bracken (the haunted mansion lady)

Lizzie is back to go into more detail on the history and techniques of theatrical illusions, specifically on creating ghosts and holograms.

Lizzie is a designer, artist, and architect living in Chicago. She is currently an Architectural Designer at Jonathan Splitt Architects, Ltd. She is an award winning theatrical designer and former Assistant Professor of Theatrical Design and Technology at North Central College, and is also a company member with The Ruffians and Playmakers Laboratory (formerly Barrel of Monkeys) in Chicago. Lizzie has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and a MFA in Theatrical Design from the University of Texas at Austin.

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2) Washington, D.C.Taxation Without Representation.
by Kristofer Hernandez (the electoral college guy)

A look at why the national’s capital is not a state, what that means for its residents, and what can legally be done about it.

Kristofer B. Hernandez is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a focus on Electoral Politics and self-proclaimed civics nerd. Kristofer is also an attorney, a member of the Board of the ACLU of Greater Miami, a member of the Voter Services Committee of the League of Women Voters of Miami-Date, and the Miami-Dade Chair of the Floridians for National Popular Vote.

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3) Sailor Moon Part 2: Unmasking the Magical Girl, A Critical Take
by Darwin Rodriguez (the Sailor Moon guy)

A critical analysis and summary of Sailor Moon, arguably the most successful and world-renowned example of the “Magical Girl” Anime genre. This presentation will contextualize Sailor Moon as a catch-all of numerous Eastern and Western narrative, religious, and visual tropes, employing various analytical lenses. Basically, let’s geek out over Sailor Moon with art history, sociology, anthropology, and some anecdotes here and there.
Darwin Rodriguez is a public historian that works primarily at the Perez Art Museum Miami as a Teaching Artist and museum education facilitator. He is also an adjunct professor of History at FIU, specializing in Western Civilization and US History. He hails from Hialeah by way of Washington Heights, calling both Miami and New York home. Darwin is most interested in democratizing visual learning through social interaction, and is also an anime nerd.

Join us via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96162775461
or Facebook live: https://www.facebook.com/NerdNiteMiami.