Next Nerd Nite:

Date: 7/9
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: DC9 Nightclub (1940 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001)
Tickets: Get ’em here

“So a Knight and a Snail Walk Into a Bar: WTF is Going on in Manuscript Margins?” by Allie Alvis

Summary: Medieval people were weird, and we know this for a FACT thanks to the strange little dudes they left behind in their illustrations. But these marginal monsters weren’t simply the ravings of drug-addled monks — a lot of them are symbolic or referential, and could even be called medieval memes. Find out about the naughty subtext of bagpipes, the poop jokes of the Middle Ages, and the surprising reason(s) behind the epic rivalry between knights and snails!

“Everything I Needed to Know in Life I Learned from a Shark” by Dr. David Shiffman

Summary: Sharks are some of the most fascinating, most threatened, and most misunderstood animals on the planet. In this talk, award-winning science educator and writer (and Nerd Nite all-star) Dr. David Shiffman sharks life lessons from a career studying these amazing animals.

“The Trojan War: Prequels, Sequels, Remakes, and Reboots” by Steve Scarlata

Summary: Was there really a Trojan War? What is the Trojan War Cycle and how does this relate to everything from Game of Thrones and Star Wars to the blues or folk music? From reboots to remixes, we will explore the tradition of oral epic storytelling and the meaning of myth from the bronze age to modern times.