Frequently asked questions


What is the Nerdland Scholar Challenge?

It’s an interactive experience themed around Women’s History Month. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry will guide you through an investigation as to how motherhood is (and has historically been) intertwined with women’s status as social and political actors. You’ll receive daily emails and have the opportunity to engage in conversation with other like-minded individuals via 

How long is the challenge?

Four weeks. The challenge kicks off Monday, March 17th and ends Sunday, April 13th.

I’m busy enough as it is. How much time will this take?

Once you sign up, you’ll receive an email each morning with a link to that day’s “assignment.” An assignment could be as simple as reading a passage, watching a video, leaving a comment, etc. We certainly won’t ask you to write a term paper, but we also want to give you the option to dive deeper into content that matters. And remember: This is supposed to be fun!

What does the syllabus look like?

Glad you asked!

Week 1: Rights for mothers
Week 2: Women, labor, and public office 
Week 3: Reproductive rights
Week 4: Mothers, activism, and gun violence 

 I just found out about the challenge. Where can I catch up?

Not to worry. First, sign up to make sure you get the daily emails going forward. Then, take a look at all of the assignments your fellow Nerdland Scholars have completed so far at  

You keep talking about this “Nerdland Scholar Challenge group.” How can I become a member?

First, click here and make sure that you are signed in to your account. Then, select “join group” highlighted in blue.

Once you’ve done this, you can leave a comment in the Nerdland Scholar Group on any piece of content you like. Instead of commenting in “General Discussion,” just select “Nerdland Scholar Group” in the dropdown menu beneath that big blue “comments” box.

I can’t leave a comment.

Are you signed in to your account? If not, click “sign in” at the top/center of your screen. Then, you should be able to comment.

Don’t have an account? You can create one by providing your email address, or by signing in with either Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Go to and click “register” at the top/center of your screen and follow the instructions there.

I signed up, but I’m not getting emails.

Try this:

1. Check you spam folder.
2. Try re-subscribing here.
3. If you’re still not receiving emails, contact customer service.

I’m stumped. How do I report a technical problem?

You can report a technical problem here: