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Travis Weller and Becky Harpstrite are “co-bosses” of Nerd Nite Lawrence, a monthly event where Lawrencians give presentations on topics they’re interested in, ranging from “Notes from the Underground: Dissident Music in the Soviet Union” to “Picking and Plucking: A short history (and demonstration) of the fiddle and the banjo.” The next Nerd Nite Lawrence, to be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pachamama’s, 800 New Hampshire St., will be an alumni edition that will feature three past presenters who were voted in by attendees to receive encore time slots.

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Nerd's the word

Event combines camaraderie, academics and drinking

It’s a Wednesday night in November, and nearly 100 enthusiastic academics — you might call them nerds — have filled up the Alton Ballroom at Pachamama’s to hear presentations on topics that fascinate them.

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