Being a Useful Nerd


Okay, I admit it — I’m a nerd. I like reading graphic novels and going to San Diego Comic-Con International.

Unfortunately, being a nerd doesn’t often come in handy. Until today, that is.

Yesterday, we did a quick interview with a history professor here on campus, John Putman, who teaches a course on Star Trek and American history. You may be asking yourself, “What does Star Trek have to do with American history of all things?” Well, Putman’s course examines how what was going on in the 1960s and 1970s was viewed through the prism of Star Trek. Check it out below:

Right now, we’re trying to use our multimedia to not only populate our own news websites, but also pitching it to local, regional and national media. Since I’m a nerd, I suggested we pitch it to The Hero Complex, a pop culture blog hosted by The Los Angeles Times. And you know what? It worked! (Kudos to my colleagues for making it happen!)

So, yes, being a nerd can be useful at times!

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