Cozy Lit + Sicilian Sister City

Nerd Nite is grounded in this super nerdy, highly engaging, fun approach to learning. We’re looking forward to more engagement, learning, and connection over the topics our speakers nerd out about!

Join us! Be there and be square.

When: July 9, 2024 at 7 PM

Where: Saro Cider Lounge, 1012 S 10th St., Omaha

Talks include:
Presentation #1: Make it Cozy. Nerd Boss Courtni will explore the concept of “cozy books” across genres.

Presentation #2: Carlentini: Omaha’s Newest Sister City by Sheri Kanger and Carmelita de la Guardia who are leading the efforts to recognize Carlentini and Omaha as official Sister Cities.

Roman Graffiti + Grant Writing Suprises

Nerd Nite is grounded in this super nerdy, highly engaging, fun approach to learning. We’re looking forward to more engagement, learning, and connection over the topics our speakers nerd out about!

Join us! Be there and be square.

When: June 11, 2024 at 7 PM

Where: Saro Cider Lounge, 1012 S 10th St., Omaha

Talks include:
Presentation #1: Roman Graffiti & How the Plebs Talked by Mac Palin, a film major with an interest in history and who reads way to many books and papers about ancient roman archeology.

Presentation #2: There’s a Grant For That?! by Katie LeDoux, owner of Sunflower Grant Writers who has worked in the industry for 25 years at places like the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center.

From Pixels to Products + My Favorite Dead Librarians

Nerd Nite is grounded in this super nerdy, highly engaging, fun approach to learning. We’re looking forward to more engagement, learning, and connection over the topics our speakers nerd out about!

Join us! Be there and be square.

When: May 14, 2024 at 7 PM

Where: Saro Cider Lounge, 1012 S 10th St., Omaha

Talks include:
Presentation #1: From Pixels to Products: Integrating Technology into Handmade Crafts by Ciera Mosley, owner of Time On My Hands: Crafts and Services

Resources recommended: Mystic Fest; Taste of Omaha

Presentation #2: My Favorite Dead Librarians, an exploration of libraries and pandemics by Mark Sorensen, a collection development librarian with Omaha Public Library

Recommended Resources: Book Rec, Dayspring by Anthony Oliveira; Request a custom reading list from Omaha Public Library; find other lookalike books using NoveList.

Nerd Nite: NE SciFest Edition

This month’s event is hosted as part of the NE Science Festival! See more SciFest opportunities at https://www.nescifest.com

Join us on Tuesday, April 9 at Saro Cider Lounge Omaha (1012 S 10th St) starting at 7:00 PM.

Talks include:
1. “A Brief History of Biomechanics: Classical Roots to Present” by Dave Kingston, assistant professor of biomechanics at UNO
2. “So I hear you hate Economics, may I have a moment of your time?” by Matt Pierson, associate director of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education
3. “Climate Hope” by Farrah Grant, an instructor of geography at UNO

Recommended Resources:

Books on climate hope:

  • All that We Can Save by Katharine Hayhoe
  • What If We Get It Right? Visions of Climate Futures by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
  • Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet by Hannah Ritchie
  • Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken (Editor)

Preserving Pilgrimage + Placemaking/City Satisfaction

Nerd Nite is grounded in this super nerdy, highly engaging, fun approach to learning. We’re looking forward to more engagement, learning, and connection over the topics our speakers nerd out about!

Join us! Be there and be square.

When: March 12, 2024 at 7 PM

Where: Saro Cider Lounge, 1012 S 10th St., Omaha

Talks include:
Presentation #1: Preserving Pilgrimage | Ecotourism and Sustainability on the Camino de Santiago by Courtni Kopietz, boss of Nerd Nite Omaha and multipotentialite nerd.

Presentation #2: Importance of Placemaking and City Satisfaction by Emily Speck, a master’s student in Urban Studies

Understanding Dementia + an Intro to Geocaching

Nerd Nite is grounded in this super nerdy, highly engaging, fun approach to learning. As we enter the second year of Nerd Nite Omaha, we’re looking forward to more engagement, learning, and connection over the topics our speakers nerd out about!

Join us! Be there and be square.

When: February 13, 2024 at 7 PM

Where: Saro Cider Lounge, 1012 S 10th St., Omaha

Topics include:
– “Managing Patients and Loved Ones with Dementia,” a hands-on presentation by Jaclyn Oltmans
– “Using Billion Dollar Satellites to Find Tupperware in the Woods,” an exploration of geocaching with Dave Sanderson 

CANCELED: Preserving Pilgrimage + an Exploration of Geocaching

Due to the inclement weather, the January Nerd Nite has been canceled! We’ll work to reschedule these topics to other nights. Stay safe and warm!

We’re kicking off 2024 with two talks diving into curiosity and exploration — start the year off right and get inspired to learn something new! Please note our new start time of 7:00 PM for all 2024 events moving forward.

When: January 9, 2024 at 7 PM

Where: Saro Cider Lounge, 1012 S 10th St., Omaha

Presentation #1: Preserving Pilgrimage | Ecotourism and Sustainability on the Camino de Santiago by Courtni Kopietz, boss of Nerd Nite Omaha and multipotentialite nerd.

Presentation #2: “Using Billion Dollar Satellites to Find Tupperware in the Woods,” an exploration of geocaching with Dave Sanderson, retired software engineer who has been geocaching for 13+ years.

Agriculture Myth Busters + Architectural History

We’re closing out 2023 with two more fascinating talks! Learn something new, and tell your friends 🙂

Topics include:
Presentation #1: “Food and Agriculture Myth Busters” by James Tvrdy

Presentation #2: “An Unlikely Historical, STEM Relationship between a Senior and Junior Architect” by Linda Williams, North Omaha Architectural Historian

If you’re interested in presenting at a future Nerd Nite, check out our “Become a Speaker” page for more info and to submit a talk idea.

Ecoterrorism + Beer Brewing

Nerd Nite returns in November with a juxtaposition of dark and light — kick off the night exploring ecoterrorism topics and cap it off with a journey through beer brewing. Be there and be square.

When: November 14, 2023 at 6 PM

Where: Saro Cider Lounge, 1012 S 10th St., Omaha

Presentation #1: Ecoterrorists: Should we stop them or should we join them? presented by Beth Chalecki, associate professor of political science and director of the sustainability minor at UNO.

Presentation #2: From Pots to Pints, A Tale of Blood, Sweat, and Beers, presented by Mackenzie Lander, a history major and home brewer with more than a decade of experience in brewing beer.

Middle Ages Mythbusters + Blackness in Nerd Culture

The September Nerd Nite is a combination of looking back and looking forward from innovation in the Middle Ages to building new communities with nerd culture (and Black representation in nerd spaces).

When: Sept. 12, 2023 at 6 PM

Where: Saro Cider Lounge, 1012 S 10th St., Omaha

Presentation #1: Debunking myths about science during the Middle Ages, presented by Steven Condrey.

Presentation #2: The Intersection of Blackness and Nerdiness, presented by Jade Rogers, founder of the House of Afros, Capes, and Curls.