We’re back! 

Come join us on TUESDAY, November 15th
at Vigilante Gastropub and Games for

Nerd Nite Austin #142: Saving the World

The first speaker goes on at 7:30!
Volunteer ASL interpreters will be present!

Let’s get nerdy together!
We’ve got two great speakers for you, and we’re delighted to be bringing you a show from Vigilante Gastropub & Games, featuring board games, pub fare, and craft cocktails.
The schedule:
7:00 – Your Nerd Nite Nerd Bosses will be there, ready to awkwardly/enthusiastically greet you
7:30 – Show starts! Nerdery ahoy!
Talks may not be given in the order listed. There will be an intermission between the first and second speakers. The venue closes at 10:00 PM. Speed-dating and Ambassador are still on hiatus.
Our new location at 7010 Easy Wind Dr #150, Austin, TX, 78752 has plentiful street parking, a parking garage, and close proximity to several bus lines and the Crestview MetroRail station.
As always, Nerd Nite Austin is free. If you want to, you can RSVP to our Facebook event, just show up, or watch on our Twitch stream.
We’ll be taking questions via our Twitter, just like the good ol’ days.
Since COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, we ask that you stay home if you aren’t feeling well or have had a known exposure. We also encourage vaccination and frequent testing. Mask-wearing nerds are welcome.
Grab a drink, order some food, tip your bartenders, and relax! Please pause your gameplay and conversations during the show.

Nerd Nite Austin #142: Saving the World – the Talks:
“Life on the Rocks” by Juli Berwald
Grab your whiskey for a jaunt through the coral reefs of the world. We’ve all heard corals are under existential threat, but it’s not over yet. Meet the scientists and activists doing incredible work to keep coral safe as they head into a rough patch. This is a story about fighting a battle whose outcome is uncertain and the beauty of small victories.
Juli Berwald received her PhD in ocean science at the University of Southern California. A textbook writer and editor, she has also written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Texas Monthly. Nerd Nite featured her first book Spineless: the Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone in 2017. Her second book, Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs was published in April.
“Performing Environmental Counter-Narratives” by Nic Bennett
Can the arts help us process climate change intellectually, emotionally, and aesthetically? In this talk, Nic will share about ongoing work using theater to explore topics in environmental justice that invites youth to perform research and create change.
Nic Bennett researches inclusion and belonging in science communication at The University of Texas as a doctoral candidate of the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations. They engage arts- and science-based research and practice to critique, disrupt, and reimagine science communication spaces. Alongside scientists and science communication trainers, they hope to expand the circle of human concern in science communication and STEM.