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.

Flower Power and French Revolution Fashion

For the August event, we encourage you to embrace the topics and dress the part! Try your hand at French Revolution fashion or feature the late 1960s/early70s with some bell bottoms and bright florals. Be there and be square.

When: August 8, 2023 at 6 PM

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

Presentation #1: Shorts to Die for: Losing your head for fashion during the French Revolution, presented by Jennifer Pool, a theatre artist with an MFA in costume design and armchair historian.

Presentation #2: Experiencing Woodstock, presented by Tony Gardner, a retired history teacher and 1969 Woodstock alumnus!

BONUS OPPORTUNITY: We know many of you like to swing by Sips on 10th before coming to Nerd Nite — this month, they’re featuring a signature themed cocktail catered to the Woodstock theme!

Be sure to pick up a “Groovy Garden Spritz,” a groovy/floral inspired cocktail with elderflower, gin, fresh squeezed lime juice and topped with champagne, before joining us at Saro for the Nerd Nite presentations.

Video games, parenting, & weird internet mysteries

We have a full lineup for our July event, and I hope you all are excited to spend a beautiful summer night with us! Be there and be square.

When: July 11, 2023 at 6 PM

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

Presentation #1: Why Mass Effect is the Best Series of the Century by Michael Dillon.

Presentation #2: Parenting Level 9000–Psychosis and Defiance by Deseray Meister.

Presentation #3: An Unfavorable Internet Mystery by Katie Berger.

Metadesign philosophy and Jazz appreciation

Our “can’t believe it’s finally summer” Nerd Nite will feature two unique talks covering metadesign and jazz music. Join us at Saro Cider to fill your brain while draining a glass of locally-brewed cider.

When: June 13, 2023 at 6 PM

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

Presentation #1: An Introduction to Metadesign with Josh Hall, a product designer and design philosopher who’s mostly worked in the software industry.

Presentation #2: How to Listen to Jazz (and Like It) with Jace Gatzemeyer, a jazz enthusiast and multi-passionate person who also holds a PhD in American Literature.

Flying drones & Cinco de Mayo Omaha!

Nerds, I hope you’re ready to join us for another night of learning-in-a-bar!

When: May 9, 2023 at 6 PM

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

Presentation #1: Regulations on Drones and Air Spaces with LaResha Swiney, a licensed certified drone pilot who works in the tech industry.

Presentation #2: History of Cinco de Mayo Omaha with Anna Hernandez, whose family was one of the first Mexican American families to come to Omaha after the Mexican Revolution. She’s been involved with Cinco de Mayo Omaha since childhood and is writing a book on the Mexican American experience in Omaha.

Lizards, Climate, & NFTs (oh my!)

Join us to nerd out in celebration of the Nebraska Science Festival this month!

When: April 11, 2023 at 6 PM

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

Presentation #1: Evolution of Animal Intelligence with Levi Storks, a neuroscientist in the Biology Department at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He’s currently a postdoctoral researcher, and the focus of his work is on understanding the mechanisms of learning and memory in ectothermic animals, like lizards and fish.

Presentation #2: Climate Topics with Jesse Bell, a professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health at UNMC, the director of the Water, Climate and Health Program at UNMC, and the director of Water, Climate and Health at the Water for Food Global Institute.

Presentation #3: WTF are NFTs? with Crystal Bock Thiessen, an educator, photographer, traveler, and Web 3 noobie who loves nerding out over tech, art, and culture.

Nerd Nite Launch: Forensic Anthropology and Pizza4Reading

Join us at our launch event to nerd out about forensic anthropology (what does TV get wrong?!) and earning pizza via reading (a brief history of the Pizza Hut Book It! program). Can’t wait to see you there!

When: March 14, 2023 at 6 PM

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

Katie East is a forensic anthropologist and science communicator. She analyzes skeletons by day and educates audiences about science by night (and weekends) and has over a decade of working in museums, laboratories, and in the field!

Courtni Kopietz (boss of Omaha Nerd Nite) has a background in science communication and journalism and currently works in higher ed communications/marketing. A lifelong book nerd and multipotentialite, Courtni nerds out about everything from Little Free Libraries and social media to escape rooms and Austen adaptations.

Welcome to Nerd Nite Omaha

Nerd Nite is a monthly-ish informal gathering at which nerds get together for nerdery of all sorts (well, mostly presentations and drinking). Nerds and non-nerds alike, join us on 2nd Tuesdays of the month at 6 PM to meet, drink, and learn something new at Saro Cider Lounge at 1012 S 10th St, Omaha.

Entry to Nerd Nite Omaha is free and open to all.

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