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Sexism, Violence, and Geekdom


Sexism, Violence, and Geekdom


Monday, August 18, 2014

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm


BECO Conference Center

4425 Forbes Blvd

Lanham, MD 20706



Dominic Goodall, Community Engagement Coordinator at HopeWorks Howard County

Elizabeth Bass, Mortuary Science Student at John Tyler Community College

Alice Giles, Information Specialist for Howard County Public Library System

Ann Marie Brokmeier, Clinical & Social Media Intern at HopeWorks Howard County

Peter Olthoff, Clinician at HopeWorks Howard County



What is Geek Culture?

While varied and diverse, geek culture is mostly about a dedication to the truly fantastic. What was once a term of ridicule has now become a term of solidarity as the culture has grown and evolved over the years. While the focus of this training will be on those who are passionate about video games, science fiction, fantasy, and heroes, keep in mind there are music geeks, sports geeks, even fashion geeks who make up this massive community. What we are seeking to do is to tap into these passions and use them to find new and innovative ways of connecting with those we serve.


Who Should Come?

This training is open to the public and will be especially beneficial for parents, educators, and service providers who have an interest in violence prevention, youth mentoring, and media literacy.


What Will You Learn?

During this training we will examine various aspects of geek culture to discuss the broad implications of sexism, racism, misogyny, and homophobia. You will —

  • gain a deeper understanding of the social implications of geek culture
  • learn to use geek culture as a teaching tool
  • learn about the constantly evolving trends (both positive and negative) within geek culture


Why Examine Geek Culture?

Over the past few decades geek culture has grown at an exponential rate. Four out of the five top grossing films of all time are science fiction, fantasy, or superhero movies.  Game of Thrones has become the most popular HBO show of all time, and The Avengers broke nearly every record in the book on their way to becoming the fastest film to gross $1 billion at the box office.

In short, geek culture is expanding and affecting more people than it ever has before. As this phenomenon reaches more people it is important to be able to understand the benefits and drawbacks. Used as a teaching tool geek culture can help us to examine the broader implications of American culture as a whole.

Spread the word and stay connected using the hashtag #consciousgeekdom!



We are pleased to be able to offer this training free of charge!

However registration is required and space is limited

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