Break out your Hogwarts house colors, sleuthing skills and best board game strategies – Geek Week is back at UWM March 2-6 with a packed schedule of activities that cater to anyone’s nerdy side.
The week kicks off March 2 with a new event: a murder mystery party. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room of the Student Union, students can chat with other characters over dinner and try to discover whodunnit.
This year’s keynote speaker is Matthew Luhn, a former Pixar animator and storyteller. Luhn has worked on popular titles such as the “Toy Story” series, “Cars,” “Ratatouille” and several episodes of “The Simpsons,” with other works in development. With over 25 years of experience in telling stories, Luhn will talk about Pixar, creativity and entrepreneurship at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center.
For the first time, Geek Week will host an escape room. It will be in the Golda Meir Library on Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Students can also play in Geek Week’s first Quidditch tournament the same day in the Union.
For students who like to get their hands dirty, there will be craft events earlier in the week. Participants can test their hand at painting and building jewelry or keychains out of computer parts with events like “Paint Night” and “Computer Crafts.”
Returning this year are opportunities to make s’mores and see the stars in UWM’s planetarium, sing along to popular Disney songs with Disney karaoke, play games from Dungeons & Dragons to Super Smash Bros and visit the Milwaukee Public Museum.
A full schedule of the week’s activities can be found on the Geek Week Facebook page.