Join us at the Middlesex for a Nerd Nite Boston three years in the making!
It all started one night at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, New York. A beautiful woman goes to Nerd Nite NYC to support a friend giving a talk on sex robots. A handsome man behind the bar serves her a drink. At the end of the night they exchange phone numbers. Three years go by. Between now and then, the pair falls madly in love, moves to Boston, makes significant career advances, parents an adorable dog, and hosts lavish Settlers of Catan parties. Oh, and now they’re our Nerd Nite Boston speakers for March.
Talk 1 – “Protecting Superman or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Intellectual Property” by Anderson Duff
After giving a brief history of copyright and trademark protection in the United States, Anderson will explore the creation of Superman, the little sex shop that could, and the how the Betamax opened the door for online file-sharing. While recent discussions of intellectual property often appear polarized between the tech community and vested interests, the truth is more nuanced. If you plan on arguing with anyone over intellectual property at some point in the future, this talk should provide you with plenty of fodder.
Anderson is an associate at a Boston-based law firm specializing in intellectual property. Before moving to Boston, he worked at NBC for a year, spending every lunch break in search of the bunk beds that Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi installed at 30 Rock.
Talk 2 – “In Case You Didn’t Pay Attention in High School: Honest Sex Ed for Grown Ups” by Claudia Lux
For a lot of people, comprehensive and accurate sex education in high school was either scarring, boring or entirely non-existent. But now that we’re all grown up, there’s a lot of misinformation and confusion out there and not a lot of reliable forums to talk about it. At this Nerd Nite, Claudia plans on changing that. She will be discussing the most popular methods of birth control and how to use them–everything from the pill to pulling out–dispelling myths and answering any of your questions. And yes, she’s heard them all. From a room full of men in prison. While holding an anatomically correct penis model. So, bring it on.
Claudia Kilbourne Lux is a sexuality educator and reproductive health activist who has worked for many sexual health organizations in the U.S. and Amsterdam. She is very happy to be going second at Nerd Nite so everyone can get the liquid courage to ask questions. Otherwise she will be forced to spend the end of her time making condom balloon animals, which is admittedly not a strength.