BRIAN HOUSAND, PH.D.
EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
Geek. Nerd. Dork. Dweeb. All terms that were once derogatory and served to
alienate and ridicule highly intelligent individuals who are passionate about
specific areas of interest. Yet, in 2014, these have become terms of empower-
ment to a great number of gifted students and a source of true pride. This keynote
session begins by examining the origin and evolution in the portrayal of stereotypes in popular culture while exploring the differences between each of these terms. From there, we will explore a collection of powerful online tools and resources for the geeks and nerds in your life. Come and GET YOUR GEEK ON!