Yeah! All you nerds now how to act! Yeah! (excited, that’s how to act!)
So, it’s been a loooong time since we got our nerd on in Toronto (‘cuz, COVID). But, the long wait is about to end. Your NN TO bosses are working on taking Nerd Nite virtual. So, stay tuned for all of the details. And, if you want to present virtually, get in touch! Email us with your ideas at .
Talk # 1: Resilience in the time of COVID by David Donaldson
Building on my TEDx, how do we remain resilient during a long-term, systemic disruption.
In October 2019 I delivered a TEDx on resilience. In it, we examined a bit of the brain science and looked at the 7 Resilience Muscles model as defined by The Resilience Alliance.
We are approaching 1 year of lockdown, 1 year of disruption, 1 year of needing to draw on our resilience muscles. Sprint vs. Marathon, in this Nerd Nite talk, we will look at how we need to approach a long term, systemic disruption differently than a short term, event disruption.
David is a professional facilitator and amateur nerd. An important arrow in his quiver is resilience. A certified Resilience Practitioner since 2017, these skills are essential both personally and professionally. While only working in the world of resilience a short time, David is proudly a long term nerd.
Talk # 2: To Nerds, With Love: An Elementary Teacher’s Reflection on Pop Culture and Fandom in the Classroom by Stephanie Cooper
Throughout Stephanie’s- aka Miss Cooper’s- 17-year-old teaching career, she has never failed to inject her fangirl enthusiasm into her lessons and extra-curricular activities with her students. In this talk, she will explain how she has observed a change in the nearly two decades since she began educating young minds on what fandoms are a hit with students, and how her multicultural bunch has responded to the diversification of characters in comics and movies. And as she is often known to do in everyday conversation, demonstrate how being a nerd is changing in its label and what activities have helped the next generation with understanding subjects and improving their self-esteem in performances from a Star Wars club and superhero group.
What better way to kick off 2021 than with the return of Nerd Nite Toronto?
We’ve been on hiatus due to *waves vaguely at the world around* but we’re back with virtual Nerd Nites starting January 28th 2021 at 7 PM.
We’ll be streaming to Facebook so all you’ll need to do is tune in at 7 PM on the 28th and get your nerd on!
Full details coming soon, but here’s what you can look forward to:
Talk # 1: Making Your Toy Soldiers Look Awesome
Hand-painted gaming miniatures are a great way to express yourself on the tabletop, can create a more immersive gaming experience, and they’re a lot of fun to create – but it can look scary to a beginner. I’ll show you how I approach mini painting by letting character and story inform my colour choices, and I’ll go through a few steps and tricks that take the guesswork out of learning so you can confidently get started. It’s a well-known fact that painted miniatures roll higher- what are you waiting for?
Scott Emerson Moyle is a theatre director, actor, and intimacy choreographer, and a lifelong gaming nerd, and has spent the last year turning his hobby into a full-time job painting minis by commission. He livestreams his mini-painting (with tutorials by request!) at twitch.tv/moylesmeticulousminis and paints display models for The Guild House, where you can see his work up-close. He also moonlights doing all manner of secret work for The Boundless Library (www.theboundlesslibrary.com). You can see his work right now @moylesmeticulousminis on Instagram and Facebook
Talk # 2: Adventures in Arctic Botany at the Canadian Museum of Nature, by Paul Sokoloff
Scientists from the Canadian Museum of Nature have been collecting plants and documenting botanical diversity in the Canadian Arctic for over 100 years. To this day, you can find their team spending their summers out on the tundra, digging up samples and pressing plants in field camps across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Once dry, these two-dimensional samples are added to the ever-growing National Herbarium of Canada, a library of flat plants continuing over one million herbarium sheets, and the best collection of Canadian Arctic Plants anywhere on the planet. These specimens form the physical backbone for plant biodiversity knowledge; by studying them researchers can answer questions about how many plant species occur in the Arctic, and where we can find them. Join us for this talk with Paul Sokoloff who will cover the past and present of Arctic plant research at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Paul Sokoloff is a Senior Research Assistant in botany at the Canadian Museum of Nature, and a member of the Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska Project. Paul has participated in nine Arctic expeditions with the museum and worked on various projects cataloging plant diversity. In the quest for science, he’s had his clothes stolen in southern Labrador, flipped over a canoe full of samples in New Brunswick’s Jacquet River, and hiked to the top of McGill Mountain on Ellesmere Island while wearing rubber boots. But he has also had some incredible opportunities to document the biodiversity of Inuit Nunangat in Canada, which he will share in this talk.
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