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Nerd Nite 80: Cultura

Free at the North Door

Wednesday May 11 doors at 7:30pm, talks at 8pm

Ambassador registraion is open

Speed dating tickets are available now

[ASL interpreters will be present]

Group identity drives our behavior whether its good for us or not – just look at this election cycle (then quickly look away!).

Luckily us nerds have ways to measure and analyze our culture(s) to at least try making things better.

Join our collective for beer and knowledge!

This month’s talks:


“Cults! And Other Forms of Coercive Control,” by Chelsea Brass

From True Detective to the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, cults seem to attract a large number of “followers” to their seemingly exotic nature. However, cults are one of many ways humans organize themselves in couples or groups that could become harmful. On the surface it seems very different from our lives, but much of how cults work is very similar to something as familiar as domestic violence. Learn about the inner workings of cults and how many cults – Western, Eastern, psycho-analytic, or commercial – function the same way.

Chelsea Brass survived a childhood in a pseudo-psychology cult that resembles a Westernized mish-mash of Eastern religions. She currently serves on the advisory board for the International Cultic Studies Association. Chelsea devotes her free time from her career in public health to public safety research, building a policy agenda to prevent others from joining harmful groups and relationships.


“Sex and Power: Abortion and contraception policy in Texas,” by Amanda Jean Stevenson

Texas has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation and its publicly subsidized contraception has been highly politicized for years. We can measure the demographic impacts of these policies – as well as the formation of social movements supporting or opposing them – through a combination of demographic methods, machine learning, social network analysis and social theory.

Amanda Jean Stevenson is a sociologist and demographer at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is within spitting distance of a PhD. She will be an assistant professor of sociology at University of Colorado Boulder next year.


“Cultura Within,” by Angelica Sibrian

Latinos comprise the fastest growing minority group in the United States, yet they have one of the the lowest graduation rates. Cultura Within is a workshop series addressing young Latina women in higher education through the intentional use of transitional object-making. Learn how community-centered design principles can initiate dialogue about culture, identity and race in educational institutions.

Angelica Sibrian is a designer, facilitator and artist interested in community-centered design. She is pursuing an MFA at UT-Austin, where her current research focuses on the marginalization and underrepresentation of Latinas in higher education.



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Doors at 7:30, talks start at 8:00. As always, Nerd Nite is free.

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!


Doors at 7:30, talks start at 8:00. As always, Nerd Nite is free.

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!