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Nerd Nite: Celebrating "Nerds" in Kansas

April 3, 2013 | By Federal/State Partnership Staff

Nerd Nite brings self-proclaimed humanities, science, and pop culture "nerds" together to enjoy fun-yet-informative presentations in a social atmosphere. Matt Eaton, coordinator of Nerd Nite Abilene, tells you everything you need to know about Nerd Nite in this Nerd Nite Promo.

Bi-monthly Nerd Nite events showcase a variety of humanities speakers and topics:

  • Amanda Wahlmeier, curator of the National Orphan Train Complex, shares the history of the orphan trains on April 25.  
  • Writer Barret Hunstad discusses literature on June 27.  
  • Jamie McDaniel, professor of English at Pittsburg State University, looks at cultural issues through the lens of vampire and zombie horror films on August 29.
  • Erika Nelson, creator and curator of the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum, talks about the way Kansas' hucksters, barkers, and sideshow workers plied their craft on August 29.

Bi-monthly events will be held at the Great Plains Theatre in Abilene, Kansas beginning April 25, 2013.  Be there and be square!

Not sure if you're a nerd? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a nerd as "one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits." Don't worry, non-nerds are welcome too!

Nerd Nite is sponsored by the Dickinson County Historical Society with the support from the Kansas Humanities Council.