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Welcome to the monthly Nerd Nite, where nerds can share their passions and unusual research with a room full of people eager to spend a weekend night in a bar learning.
Nerd Nite DC is DC’s original science + nerd + drinking event. See us nerd out!
"The Rise of Star Wars & The Law" by Major Thomas Harper
Summary: Star Wars may be full of lightsabers, space battles, and one very awkward brother/sister crush, but it’s also brimming with legal issues. Was Han Solo legally justified to shoot first? Were Ewoks a bunch of furry war criminals? Join Army JAG attorney Major Thomas Harper as he breaks down all the pressing legal issues from the galaxy far far away.
Bio: Major Thomas Harper is a massive Star Wars fan who also happens to be an Army JAG attorney. When he isn't attempting to reenact A Few Good Men at every court-martial, Thomas blogs and podcasts for The Legal Geeks, where he uses Star Wars to teach about legal topics. He regularly shares his love of Star Wars on the national stage, and has presented at San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, WonderCon, and DragonCon.
"I Just Took a DNA Test, Turns Out I’m 100% in a Law Enforcement Database" by Katelyn Ringrose
Summary: Individuals use genetic services to connect with family members, learn about potential health risks, and study their genealogy. While consumers may see the use of such services as innocuous, law enforcement embraces consumer genetic services as having incredible potential to pursue criminal leads. Law enforcement have used crime-solving as an excuse to comb through tens of millions of consumer profiles, and have even looked for relatives of those consumers without the use of a warrant.
Bio: Katelyn Ringrose is a Christopher Wolf Diversity Law Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. Katelyn writes on facial recognition, connected cars, genetic surveillance and social media surveillance.
"Indigenous Autonomy in the Colonial Americas, with Remarks on the Trials and Tribulations of War Captain Chaos," by Geoff Wallace
Summary: Somewhere in seventeenth-century southeastern Mexico, there was a man quite implausibly named War Captain Michael Rezedor of Chaos. We’re going to start by unpacking that, and then it’s all about how indigenous peoples across the Americas resisted and coped with conquest, settlers, and colonialism from 1500 to 1800.
Bio: Geoff Wallace is a historian and geographer from Canada who studies honeybees, sunken treasure, and indigenous Mexico. He’s a visiting researcher at Georgetown University and he’s here to burst some fucking bubbles.
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