NNB XXII – Dec 11, 2019

Amateur Radio, the Philosophy of Brexit, and turtles!

Hey Baltimore Nerds! Welcome to our Nerd Nite # 22! Come out December 11th, grab a beer and settle in for the best 2 hours you’ll spend on a Wednesday! Scroll down to see talk descriptions….

Nerd Nite Baltimore (NNB) is part of an international community of Nerd Nites in over 90 cities around the world! This event combines imbibing and learning.

Join us for a night of educational drinking!

Talks at Nerd Nite are 15- 20 minutes with a rollicking Q&A afterward. The barkeeps at De Kleine Duivel will keep your glasses full of delightful Belgian beer and spirits. (This is a 21 and over venue)

Doors open at 6:30…event starts at 7:00pm. We accept cash or card at the door. Tickets are $5 online and $6 at the door.
We have a great line up for this month!

Talk #1: Speaker: Christopher Broholm on “Amateur Radio: Independence and the Forgotten Beauty of Radio”

There are so many things you can do in Amateur Radio and you can spend a lifetime exploring its capabilities. We’ve been misled to believe that Radio communication is not relevant any more. We’ve become so dependent on these vast and complex communications systems that we cannot fathom our lives with out them. We may think that all of this is new technology. But it’s all been done before and tinkered with by ham radio operators. Consider this: The first people that make contact after catastrophic natural disasters are Ham Radio operators. During the communications blackout of Kashmir it was ham radio operators making contact with the outside world!

About the Speaker:
Chris Broholm Is a proud resident of Baltimore city, and originally from Ellicott City. He’s a production sound mixer for film and TV and ham radio enthusiast. He teaches audio at Baltimore school for the Arts and plays music around the city. At the time of writing this, he holds a technician class license for amateur radio, but hopes to soon upgrade his license class to General.

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Talk #2: Kiki Malomo-Paris Speaker: on “Because Brexit: Why Parliamentarism trumps Presidentialism”

With the exception of the United States, all countries that are considered to be stable democracies have adopted, at least partially, parliamentary governance. This alone should be telling. However, when a small country with one of the oldest parliamentary systems decided to have a little referendum, it became a little more apparent. This talk will explain that the reason Brexit is breaking the UK is also kind of why presidential systems are inferior to parliamentary systems.

About the Speaker:
I am Kiki, born in Nigeria, raised in Northern Ireland. I have been in the US for nearly 10 years. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy, a graduate research assistant at The Hilltop Institute, and for the past 2 years, the chair of the Legislative Concerns Committee for the UMBC Graduate Student Association. When I am not waxing poetic about politics and policy, you can find me ranting about soccer, playing rugby or drinking whiskey.

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Talk #3: Speaker: Rebecca McKee on “Let’s talk turtles- More than you ever wanted to know about testudines”

About the Speaker

Rebecca is a wildlife ecologist and a lecturer of zoology at Towson University!

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