Nerd Nite 75: Escher, Dress Those Illumi Naughty Ladies!

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[This month's title courtesy of Nerd Nite Punmaster Cameron Russell!]
[ASL interpreters will be present]

Welcome to autumn in Austin, nerds! Break out your rain boots, hoodies, and swimsuits in no particular order.

Appropriately, this month's talks are also a jumbled tote-bag of excellence. The unifying thread will surely present itself after a couple beers. In the meantime, please tell those Freemasons to quit messing with the weather.

This month's talks:

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"Orange is the New Black: Through the Lens of Feminist Criminology"

Jenji Kohan's Emmy-winning show Orange is the New Black is based on Piper Kerman's memoir of her year spent in a minimum security women's correction facility. How does this show differ from reality? Aside from the obvious creative and dramatic entitlement of the show's writers, the show does a fantastic job of illustrating the issues surrounding women as offenders, inmates, and correctional officers.

Stephanie Foster holds an M.S. in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Texas State University and a B.A. in Criminology from The University of Texas at Dallas. Her research focuses on feminist and queer criminology as well as gender and sexuality issues.

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"Mathematics and the Art of Surface Pattern Design"

Surface patterns are all around us: in architecture, textiles, and crafted wares. In this talk we'll learn a simple approach to creating infinitely repeating patterns. We'll also explore the 17 Wallpaper Groups, which define the mathematical structure of repeating patterns.

Ann Kilzer is a software engineer, visual artist, cat wrangler, and aerialist from Missoula, Montana. She currently lives in Austin with her Maine Coon Ramona.

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"The 'Truth' About Secret Societies"

Why were so many presidents Freemasons? Why are Illuminati symbols on American currency? What's the connection with the occult? This talk gives a broad overview for the uninitiated into the real, sometimes underwhelming, possibly true history of secret societies.

Randy Smith is the creative director of local Austin independent game studio Tiger Style, creators of 2015's Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon and 2012's Waking Mars.

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Plus!

Want to get a jump on your nerdery? Form a covalent bond at Nerd Nite Speed-Dating before the show:
http://buytickets.at/nnatx/38276

-- or meet some new friends through the Nerd Nite Ambassador program:
http://austin.nerdnite.com/ambassador/

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Doors at 7:30, talks start at 8:00. As always, Nerd Nite is free.

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!
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