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
Fun & Games 6:00-7:00pm
Presentations 7:30-9:30pm
 Gramps Bar, Wynwood
 176 NW 24th St. Miami, FL 33127
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Upcoming Events:

Nerd Nite Miami XXVIII 8.10.17

**Speed Friending starts at 6:00pm**

So You Think You Know About Criminal Justice ‘Cause You Binge-Watch “Orange is the New Black?”: You Don’t Know Dick About Penology  by Nick Petersen, Ph.D.

Perhaps the only thing more American than apple pie is crime TV. Yet despite American’s obsession with crime TV, many of us believe myths or half-truths about crime and justice. For example, while Law and Order frequently depicts dramatic courtroom scenes, only about 3-5% of cases ever go to trial. The vast majority of defendants are convicted through assembly-line plea agreements, where a defendant’s fate is decided in a mere matter of minutes. In his talk, Nick will act as a criminological myth-buster, using social science data to discredit several penal fallacies, including the ubiquity of DNA evidence, infallibility of eyewitness testimony, pervasiveness of trials, and equality under law, among others. As we shall see, the reality of American criminal justice is often more mundane and perverse than portrayed on TV, underscoring fundamental social problems in American society. The data presented here will offer a unique view into the bowels of justice, revealing systematic inequalities within a system ostensibly designed to promote justice and equality.

Nick Petersen is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Miami. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research lies at the nexus of three interrelated domains: racial and ethnic inequality within criminal justice institutions, neighborhood correlates of crime and justice, and historical legacies of racial violence.

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They Call Me Ethnically Ambiguous: A Personal Narrative on the Social Construction of Race and Identity by Christian Lindo

The rigidity of race thinking has defined American life from the earliest settlements to the most contemporary modern cities. More than a simple physical category, race has been used to continually, and wrongfully, explain things like social behavior, intellectual aptitude, and sexual proclivity. Though all contemporary research shows that the majority of our race thinking is socially constructed and not biologically defined, we continue to adhere to the disproved beliefs of prior generations. Let’s talk about why we do that and how it warps our understanding of the world today.

Currently an ELA teacher with Broward County Public Schools. Christian has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Literature with a focus in Post-Colonial Theory.

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Spinoza’s Ethics: A Heretic’s Guide to Enlightenment and the Afterlife by Kris Arca

Spinoza’s philosophy was once described as being “forged in hell” by “the Devil” himself. Yet, there are few philosophical systems of thought that are more humanistic than that of Baruch Spinoza (1632 – 1677). Spinoza’s philosophy has a singular goal: Enlightenment (with a capital “E”). That is, the goal of his philosophy is to show us that there is a way out from the misery and madness that follows from ignorance and superstition, and that this way is illuminated by embracing two distinct kinds of pleasure: the joy entailed in the rational pursuit of truth, and the joy that stems from helping others. In this brief presentation, I will endeavor to introduce the audience to some of the basic elements of Spinoza’s philosophy, with the aim of developing his understanding of enlightenment, as well as providing some insight as to what a secular understanding of the afterlife may entail—if there even is such a thing.

According to those who know him best, Kris Arca is a mostly nice and somewhat tolerable person. He is a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Leuven, Belgium, where he is pretending to write a dissertation on the relationship between memory and selfhood in the hermeneutic phenomenology of Paul Ricoeur. However, since he hasn’t a clue as to what any of those words even mean, Kris prefers to just talk about how much he loves Rush, especially their drummer, Neil Peart. Kris also managed to hoodwink the fine people at Miami Dade College into giving him a full-time job as a philosophy professor, where he gets paid to talk about how much he loves Rush, especially their drummer, Neil Peart.

September 14th 

Jason Schneider – NLP

Eleazar Melendez – Financial Crimes

Alex de Carvalho – Hearing Aids

October 12th 

Lloyd Brown – Wildlife Rescue

Tina Parlato – Stress

*** Check out our Facebook event page or Meet Up group.

Save the dates:
November 9 at Gramps
December 14 at Gramps (Best of 2017)
February 1 at PAMM (Ladies Nite!)
Past events:
Nerd Nite I  10.8.14
 Words of Power by John Kirby
 Mysterious sounds from marine critters by Erica Staaterman
 DIY BCI: Brain technology for everyday life by Max Jackson
Nerd Nite II  11.13.14
 Waves by Nathan Laxague (co-boss)
 Psychology of Change by Ivan Dynamo De Jesus
 Nursing Coral Reefs To Recovery by Stephanie Schopmeyer
Nerd Nite Special Event  12.10.14
 "The Science behind Science Fiction"
 Presented by COSEE FL, Nerd Nite Miami,and the
 Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival
Nerd Nite III  1.8.15
 Tiny houses by William Visel
 To Infinity and Beyond: A look at the evolution of computer visual effects in motion pictures by Dean Lyon
 The History of Elephants in Miami by Nathaniel Sandler
Nerd Nite IV  2.12.15
 Evolutionary Psychology by Melissa Blundell Osorio (co-boss)
 Mineralogy by Kelsey Marzolf
 Making diamonds by John Janitz
Nerd Nite V  3.12.15
 "How Basketball Went Global" by fitness coach Dre Baldwin
 "Rape, Drugs, and Pornography: A Story of Human Trafficking in Miami" by attorney Roy Altman
 "Personalities in Math History and the Mathematical Experience" by math badass Chelsey Hoff
Nerd Nite VI  4.9.15
 "Isotopes of ET" by Troy Bernier
 "What’s Up With Psychiatry? An Outsider’s Experience of Working in the Field" by Tim Ryan
 "Big Bounce and Multiverses in Quantum Cosmology" by M.E. Hogan
Nerd Nite VII 5.14.15
 "Gravity, Space & Time. Chainsaws, Fire & Friends" by Shaka Brown
 "The unintended effects of using products" by Zoey Chen
 "Wetware Programming" by Michael T. Moore
Nerd Nite VIII  6.11.15
 "The E.T. Files: Move Over Men in Black!" by Derek Demeter
 "The Rise of Low T - The Marketing of Testosterone" by Vineeth Mohan
 "DNA Nanotechnology: A Breakthrough For Us All" by Felix Sosa
Nerd Nite IX 7.9.15
 Team Trivia
 We love Miami Summers: Mosquitos! by Tanjim Hossain
 We love Miami Summers: Hurricanes! by Angela Colbert
Nerd Nite X  8.13.15
 "A Look at the Uncanny Valley" by Dean Lyon
 "The future of IVF: flirting with the limits" by Amanda Butler
 "How Playing Board Games Can Save Your Life" by John Gulla
Nerd Nite XI 9.10.15
 "Art, Craft, Beauty, Mingei and Malcolm Galdwell’s 10,000 hours" by James Herring
 "Why do passwords suck, and what you can do about it" by Alan Goldman
 "Sex Underwater: A Slightly Inappropriate Musical Revue" by Gary Bremen
Nerd Nite XII 10.8.15
 Nerd Nite turns 1!! Birthday party!
 "Invasive Species: What You Don’t Want To Know" by Tom Jackson
 "The Power of Body Language in Dating" by Virginia Jimenez
 "Everything I Need To Know In Life I Learned From Sharks" by David Shiffman
Nerd Nite XIII 11.12.15
The 6 finalists for the CappSci Inventors prize at the Frost Science Museum
Special Event: Saltwater Chemistry  11.18.15
Tours of saltwater labs at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School
 The Science of Brewing Beer by Saltwater Brewery's head brewer
Nerd Nite XIV 12.10.15
Gary Bremen -"Why National Parks?"
Alan Goldman -"Is It Ok to Use Public WiFi - Encryption Demystified"
John Gulla -"The Narrative Revolution WILL Be Televised: How video games are changing the way we tell stories"
Nerd Nite XV 1.14.16
"No More Secrets: Hacking, CyberStalking, Surveillance & You" by Mike Anderson
 "Joint By Joint" by Flip Aguilera
 "Online Dating Decoded: The Secrets to Getting the Dates You Want" by Wade McNary
Nerd Nite XVI 2.11.16
 "This Is Your Brain On Music” by Walter Bradley
 “The Science of the Creative Process” by Teo Castellanos
 “The Rhythm of Language –Poetry in Miami” by Scott Cunningham
Nerd Nite XVII 3.10.16
"The Impacts of Climate Change You May Not Know About" by Ta-Shana Taylor
 "Why You Suck At Learning Languages" by Jeff Peterson
 "Natural History of the Asshole" by Steven Whitfield
Nerd Nite XVIII 4.14.16
"Boogie Nights: How to Dance Your A** Off and Your Brain On" by Carolyn Margolin
"Talk Nauti To Me" by Joshua L. Marano M.A., RPA
"The Art of Revealing Art" by Silvia Manrique

Nerd Nite XIX 5.12.16
The Science of Friendship by Annik Babinski
TB Or Not TB – Arose By Many Other Names by Shaka Brown
Snake Oil: The $27 Billion Bullshit Industry by George Tucker

Nerd Nite XX 6.9.16
Hacking Reality Through Storytelling by Alex De Carvalho
How To Tell A Story Through Film Editing by Stephan Rich
How To Nicely Manipulate People: Get What You Want From Everyone and Still Be Liked by Maryan Firpo

Nerd Nite XXI 7.14.16
Sex, Drugs, and Happiness by Melissa Blundell Osorio
A Brief History of Non-Monogamy by David Ghenassia
Through Galadriel’s Looking-Glass: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Role in Fantasy Through Past, Present, & Future by Nathan Laxague

Nerd Nite XXII 8.11.16
Black Dreams Matter: Understanding the Black Sci-Fi Movement by Jeff Carroll
Namesake: How Some of the More Ridiculous Places in Florida Got Their Names by Laura Chaibongsai
Mosquitoes = Bad by Tanjim Hossain

Nerd Nite Miami XXIV 10.13.16

“The Miami Dance Index: Dance, Cities, and the Future of Miami-Dade” by citizen kevin”Can Harry Potter Fans Change the World?” by Anna Dilernia “FUTURLAWMA! 21st Century Solutions to 31st Century Problems” by Justin Wales

Dueling Conspiracies: Battle Royale of Obscurity! 10.27.16

Nerd Nite Miami XXV 11.10.16

“The Good Old Days: Growing Up On Biscayne Bay” by Captain Dan Kipnis
“#BayDrift: Using nerds like you to find the solution to pollution.” by Laura Bracken Chaibongsai
“A Dredgeful Situation: PortMiami, corals, and the endangered species act.” by Rachel Silverstein
Nerd Nite Miami XXVI 12.8.16
Brian Leblanc – the internet
Ta-Shana Taylor – opt outside
Steven Whitfield – dicks
Nerd Nite Miami XXVII 1.12.1 (worst presidents)
Herbert Hoover – according to Roy Altman
Dick Cheney – according to Stephan Rich
All the presidents – according to Nathaniel Sandler
Best of Nerd Nite Miami at PAMM 2.2.17
“Everything I know in life I learned from sharks ” by David Shiffman
“Graphic Classes: Why graphic novels should be a teacher’s best friend” by Adam Schachner
“Sex Underwater: A slightly inappropriate musical revue” by Gary Bremen
Nerd Nite Miami XXVIII 2.9.17

Trust Vs. Trustworthiness: The Distinction That Can Impact Your Happiness by Virginia A Jimenez
Ocean Currents: why are they important and how do oceanographers measure them by Arthur Mariano, PhD
Self-Determination Theory: The Science Behind Motivation by Flip Aguilera

Nerd Nite Miami XXIV 3.9.17

Ancient Aliens and Crystal Skulls: The Stellar Truth About Archaeoastronomy by Mallory Fenn
Snakes in the (saw)Grass by Dawn Shirreffs
I See Dead People and So Can You!: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology by Tony Morales

Nerd Nite Miami XXV 4.13.17
*Smithsonian Earth Optimism sister event
“Tag You’re it! How Anglers are protecting fish populations” by Peter Chaibongsai, The Billfish Foundation
“Seahorses: Magical Creatures in Our Backyard” by Emilie Stump, Project Seahorse
Engaging Miami in Science Conservation” by Fernando Bretos, Frost Science Museum

Nerd Nite Miami XXV 5.11.17
Banned Books: What’s Your Number? by Madhuri Nagaraj
WTH is ML? (What the Hell is Machine Learning?) by Ivan Bliskavka
Fuck You Mr. Garrison, Some Drugs are Phenomenal by Ari Kane

Nerd Nite Miami XXVI 6.8.17

One Word: Plastics by Nathan Laxague, PhD
Fat or Fiction: Debunking Nutrition Myths by Amanda Gilhool
Biodiversity in Miami by Chelle King

Nerd Nite Miami XXVII 7.13.17

Intellectual Pornography: Viewing the World Through the Lens of Interpersonal Neurobiology by Aldrich Chan, Psy.D.
The Other Pink Bird by Elizabeth Ann Lago
Do As I Say: The Art and Science of Persuasion by Sara Yousuf