​TEDxFSCJ to Host “Unmasked,” an Adventure Event Focusing on Nerd Culture

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2019

Contact: Jill Johnson, (904) 632-5016

   TEDxFSCJ to Host “Unmasked,” an Adventure Event Focusing on Nerd Culture

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Join TEDxFSCJ for an upcoming adventure event, “Unmasked,” where we will explore the recent themes, identities and fandoms that define nerd culture. A panel of experts will discuss everything from comics, to cosplay, to conventions that have become defining icons of today’s popular culture.

Hosted by The Short Box podcast’s Badr Milligan and Cesar Cordero, we will look behind the mask in discussing how this culture functions as creative lifestyle and lucrative marketplace; how comic books and TV intersect; how nerd culture empowers minority storytelling; and how comic-cons and e-sports have reinvented community and belonging.

Panelists include:

  • Li Hoang, e-sports photographer
  • Zack Kaplan, comic book writer and Jacksonville native working in Los Angeles
  • Max Michaels, co-producer of Ancient City Con and Jekyll Comic Con
  • Ann Marie Scarpinito, cosplayer
  • Ryan Paul Thompson, founder of GAAM (Games, Art And Music)

Guests should arrive early to tour the interactive exhibits. Hosted by the FSCJ Guild of Geeks, the pre-event experience will feature a behind-the-scenes look at GAAM Founder Ryan Thompson’s livestreams, interviews with The Short Box podcasters, and a digital media journey through cosplay spaces and places.

For more information, visit tedxfscj.com or email TEDxFSCJ@gmail.com. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tedxfscj-adventure-unmasked-tickets-80603426017.

COST:    Free. This event is open to the public but registration is required.

WHEN: Thursday, December 5, 2019

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m., the event will start promptly at 7 p.m. (Seats that go unclaimed by 6:50 p.m. may be released to individuals on the waiting list.)

Bryan-Gooding Planetarium

                 1025 Museum Circle

                 Jacksonville, Florida 32207

About FSCJ

Known as “the community’s college,” Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) exists to provide valuable, high-quality learning opportunities to anyone with the desire to enhance themselves through the pursuit of higher education. Serving more than 50,000 students and awarding more than 6,000 degrees and certificates on an annual basis, the College plays a significant role in supplying the region’s employers with a highly skilled, educated workforce.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual gathering in Vancouver, Canada, TEDWomen and TEDGlobal conferences, and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world, then made available, free, on TED.com and other channels. 

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators  from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; and the educational initiative TED-Ed.

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