Where better to spend your Groundhog Day evening than at Nerd Nite NYC?  Join us on Saturday February 2nd at Littlefield with three funny-yet-smart presentations about Infinity, Women’s Bathrooms, and Microaggressions. And trivia is back again, so bring some pals, form a team, and try to win tickets to BookCon 2019! Buy tickets here.

Nerd Nite NYC
Saturday February 2, 2019
Littlefield: 635 Sackett Street (Park Slope/Gowanus)
Trivia + Presentations (doors at 6:30pm, starts at 7pm): $14 Buy tickets here.
Presentations-only (doors at 8pm, starts at 8:15pm):  $10 Buy tickets here.

Back to the Lectures at-hand:
*Presentation #1
Getting to know infinity
by Dr. Zajj Daugherty

Description: “Infinity” is a tricky thing to think about. It isn’t just really big, like the size of the universe or the number of atoms in a bowling ball. Infinity is Not Finite—a fantastically useful idea, but inherently theoretical. In fact, there are lots and lots of different infinities! It was Georg Cantor who gave us a beautiful way of understanding the different infinities, and was rewarded by being called a “corruptor of youth” and other such names by the mathematical giants of his day. But like all things mathematical, we will once again demonstrate that what inspired great controversy and rage a century and a half ago can now be communicated in 20 minutes or less to a slightly intoxicated but reasonably indulgent audience.

Bio: Dr. Zajj Daugherty is a professor of mathematics at The City College of New York and The City University of New York Graduate Center. She’s a theoretical mathematician, and her research has taken her all over the world. Having been raised by artists, though, she has devoted her career not just to pushing on the boundaries of mathematical understanding, but to making math more understandable and approachable for everyone.

*Presentation #2
Make Yourself at Home: How Couches Ended Up in Some Women’s Restrooms
by Dr. Elizabeth Yuko

Description: If you’ve ever been inside a women’s restroom in an older office building, department store or theater, you may have wondered why there is a full living room (complete with couches, end tables, etc) attached to the room with the toilets. Turns out, it’s a curious combination of of Victorian culture, class and race divisions, retail marketing, and what men thought women needed when they ventured out in public (hint: it’s a couch). This visual presentation will explain why these lounges were built in the first place, what they were used for, where they went, and whether they have a place in today’s evolving public bathroom culture.

Bio: Dr. Elizabeth Yuko is a bioethicist and writer specializing in sexual and reproductive health and the intersection of bioethics and popular culture. She is also an adjunct professor of ethics at Fordham University and has written for print and online publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, CNN and Playboy. Yuko has given a TEDx talk on The Golden Girls and bioethics, and has appeared on The Travel Channel show Mysteries at the Museum.

*Presentation #3

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