Nerd Nite NYC returns on Saturday September 28, 2019 to Littlefield to begin its 2019-2020 season…yay! This season premiere features fun-yet-smart presentations about how we can determine your health and behavior via your DNA, why we really do need a Space Force, and one of Nerd Nite’s all-time classic presentations about the sordid history of Monopoly – you’ll never want to pass Go and collect $200 again!  And as always for the kick-off show, Matt shares a few weird world records broken since last September. And trivia is back again, so bring some pals, form a team, and win some perfectly adequate prizes. Buy tickets here.

And if you need some instant gratification to satisfy your craving of more Nerd Nite presentations, check out our YouTube channel that features a few dozen of our favorites from around the globe.

Nerd Nite NYC
Saturday September 28, 2019
635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn (Park Slope/Gowanus)
Trivia+Presentations: 7pm (doors at 6:30pm) $14: Buy tickets here
Presentations-only: 8:20pm (doors at 8:05pm) $10 Buy tickets here

Back to the Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1

What Can your DNA Say About You?
by Shweta Ramdas

Description: In the last decade, we suddenly have access to each position in our DNA. Join Shweta as she shares what this can (and cannot) tell us about ancestry, health, and behavior.

Bio: Shweta Ramdas is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania (go Quakers!). She moved from Michigan (go blue!) where she studied the genetics of diseases in humans.

*Presentation #2
Why We Need A Space Force (Even if it Won’t be Starfleet Just Yet)
by Ian Kemp

Description: The Pentagon is often described as a monolithic entity, but in reality it operates more like a series of fiefdoms fighting for their principality.  NASA was created, in part, to stop the Army, Air Force, and Navy from fighting over who owns the space program, but the way each individual military unit ended up in one of the seven (yes, seven!) uniformed services tells us more about politicians’ opinions at the time than it does any real system of logic. The Department of Defense is well overdue for a reorganization: what better place to start than outer space?

Bio: Ian Kemp is a Naval Officer who also served in the US Army while having been trained by the US Marine Corps. He has worked in technology and media since getting his MBA from NYU, and is currently launching his own  company – a service called Cascade that will both organize and optimize your streaming television obsessions.

*Presentation #3
Monopoly: Obsession, Fury and a Sinister Tale of Board Game Americana
by Mary Pilon

Description: Millions of people worldwide know and love Monopoly. But there’s a true, secret history of how the game was invented. It involves an unknown feminist phenom, an alleged cover-up, sabotage and a lesson in economic history riddled with irony and legal ramifications today. The real story of the game’s origins was unearthed by a real-life Monopoly detective who fought in his own decade-long, board-game legal battle that reached the steps of the Supreme Court. Plus, we’ll learn why 37,000 board games have been buried in Minnesota for decades, the orange properties are the best to land on and the origins of silver tokens.

Bio: Mary Pilon is the author of the bestsellers “The Kevin Show’ (2018) and “The Monopolists,” (2015) which chronicles the secret history of the famous board game. She writes about sports and business regularly for The New Yorker, Esquire, Vice, Politico, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, among other news outlets, and she previously worked as a staff reporter at the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Visit her at

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