HR 101: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

Red and white "For Hire" sign

April Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Heidi McCarter

Have you ever wondered, “Why haven’t they called me for the job?” or feared being pulled into Human Resources for a “talk”? In Heidi’s presentation, you’ll hear the ins and outs of job recruitment from a 20+ year veteran of Human Resources who specializes in recruitment—everything from applying for the job to landing the perfect role. This talk will be blatant and blunt with a “how to” approach to current job searching.

Baby Toys Get the Ball Rolling: Starting the Gender Gap Early

Child plays with toy cars

by Rebecca Woods

March Nerd Nite on the Rocks

There is evidence to suggest that the types of gender-typical toys children prefer can be explained by biological factors such as hormones that predispose children to prefer those types of toys. However, countless studies demonstrate that many of the differences between the sexes once thought to be biologically determined, actually originate from societally-constructed environmental differences. Can the same be said about toy preferences? Studies investigating the emergence of these preferences in infancy and toddlerhood can help answer this question.

Jack the Ripper: Who Dun It?

Man with top hat stands facing away holding up a knife under a full moon

By Jade Harveland

March Nerd Nite on the Rocks

In the back streets of Whitechapel late 1800’s fear had a name. It’s name was Jack, but behind the masquerade of a killer, surely there was a real person. Join three-peat Nerd Nite speaker, Jade Harveland, for a tour of the events surrounding the infamous serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.

The Second Amendment, Responsible Ownership, & You

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February Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Jordan Billings

Under the 2nd amendment, citizens of the U.S. retain the right to keep and bear arms. With that right comes the responsibility of safe and conscientious gun ownership. There are many legitimate reasons to own a gun, from hunting to personal protections. Victory Arms’ firearm educator Jordan Billings will discuss gun ownership within the context of current regulations, safe use, and misuse to help us to see gun rights from a responsible gun owner’s point of view.

The Oldest Profession: Should It Be Legal?

February Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Aria Harveland

You may have heard of the term “TERF”, but have you heard of the term “SWERF”? In her presentation, sex educator and relationship coach Aria Harveland will explore how prostitution fits within our ever evolving social systems. She’ll examine current regulations around the world and how they fall short. She’ll also discuss the experiences of current-day sex workers. Together, we’ll ask why prostitution should or shouldn’t be legal.

WTF is a Trigger and Why Should I Care?

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Trauma, the Brain, & What it Means for All of Us

January Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Laura Hanley

The impact of trauma on the wellbeing of individuals and our society has received increasing awareness in recent decades. Laura Hanley, trauma therapist and avowed nerd, will discuss how traumatic experiences influence the brain and why trauma early in life shapes our development and affects our health—even decades later. Trauma awareness has an interesting history that she’ll share with us and she’ll explain how and why “trigger” has become the new buzzword. Drawing from research on the topic and with insight from her own experiences, you’ll learn ways to address trauma that you or others may have experienced…and you’ll find out who the heck SAMHSA is and the meaning of their four R’s.

The Practical Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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January Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Daniel Zwilling

BJJ Black Belt and general know-it-all, Professor Daniel Zwilling, discusses just a few of the hundreds of reasons that he thinks absolutely everyone should try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (that you haven’t heard before). You will hear from an unathletic 30-something about some of the physical, mental, and social benefits of the practice. This will be liberally peppered with anecdotes from 15 years of combat sports training.

AED & CPR Introduction & Refresher

Two women practice giving CPR to a mannequin

December Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Kevin Hanson

A Red Cross certified trainer will present an informal review of the 2 year certification curriculum and answer questions in a quick 20 minute presentation. Training manikins and AED simulators will be on hand for demonstrations.

Buffalo Chips to Frisbee!

Stack of frisbees on the grass

December Nerd Nite on the Rocks

by Rick Rentz

Take the surprising journey of the flying disc from humble beginnings to million dollar contracts. Minnesota’s Disc Sports Hall of Fame member, Rick Rentz, will share the historical highlights of disc skills from Freestyle to Ultimate and then Disc Golf to name a few. Highlights will include seeing the ashes of the father of Disc Golf fly across the room!

Let’s Talk Turkey

Male turkey shows it's orange tail feathers

November Nerd Nite on the Rocks

with Dana Adams

Dana will discuss Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Minnesota and its impact on local turkey producers. She’ll explain what an outbreak is and the appropriate mitigation response. She’ll also tell us about historic incidences of avian influenza including the 2015 response and it’s impact– and the more recent 2022 outbreak and initial steps that were taken. You’ll go away with some take home facts to share over Thanksgiving with the fam.