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Nerd Nite March 8th @ DC9: this month, we’ve got a foodie (and drinkie) theme. Come hear about how booze shaped our constitutional right to assemble, why honey is the elixir of the gods, and how food companies are trying to trick you into thinking they are do-gooders. So come, have a drink or three, and leave full (of knowledge!).
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Honey: What’s the Buzz All About this Liquid Gold?
By Catherine Pociask
The Ancient Egyptians coveted and protected honey from their enemies, Romans gluttonously drank it in their mead, and Shakespeare compared honey to young love. Honey has the power to heal, the fortune to sweeten, and provides insight to the declining bee populations all over the world. Come listen to why honey is so vital to our society, in more ways than one.
Bio: Catherine is a member of DC BeeKeepers and hopes to have hives residing in DC this summer. She currently works as an Environmental Protection Specialist, with a Graduate Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Environmental Policy and a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife. She also works at Union Market and Union Kitchen, where food entrepreneurs get to share their local flavors and food passions.
Bad News About Big Food
By Belinda Reeve
Following an avalanche of bad publicity, big food companies have developed healthier product lines, joined in partnerships with government and improved their advertising practices. Big Food’s stopped being bad food – or has it? Using the example of food marketing to children, Belinda will explain why you should be skeptical of food companies’ claims that they’ve cleaned up their act.
Bio: Belinda is a Law Fellow with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. She recently completed her PhD on regulation of food advertising at the University of Sydney. Belinda’s heard about something called ‘free time’ where people do things like rock climbing or art projects. But she’s not lie to you and pretend to be a well-rounded person. She has no hobbies, unless you count partying, and then she’s all in.
How Booze Helped Secure Your Constitutional Freedom to Assemble
by Baylen Linnekin
They came for the booze, but they stayed for the ideas. Sounds like a writeup of Nerd Nite, right? Well, it’s actually how the Wilson Quarterly characterized the subject matter of Baylen Linnekin’s article on the role that colonial American taverns played in facilitating conversation, newsgathering, a free press, boycotts, and–later–the American Revolution. In fact, the regular gatherings that took place in colonial American taverns in the 1700s not only helped foment revolution but are also responsible for giving us the First Amendment’s Assembly Clause, which protects a person’s right to gather peaceably (even if drunkenly). So come for the booze. And stay for the booze–and also for the ideas.
Bio: Baylen is an omnivorous attorney, executive director of the nonprofit Keep Food Legal, adjunct professor at American University, and Reason columnist. While in law school, he raised organic green things (many of them weeds) in a plot adjacent to that of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in Glover Park’s Victory Garden. He also worked as a barista at the District’s first and only Starbucks when it was still the first and only Starbucks east of Chicago.
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