> Nerd Nite No. 80: Autism, Romance on the Riverwalk, Dune!

Nerd Nite No. 80: Autism, Romance on the Riverwalk, Dune!

Join us on November 1 for our 80th edition of Nerd Nite. Topics include the weird marketing of David Lynch‘s Dune, “The Physical Mechanisms behind the most Romantic River Walk” by Kieran Dunne, and Steven Kilcoyne will discuss “Autism has a Perception Problem.” Local musician Rachel Attebery will bring the tunes. $5 cover gets you in for the show!

Here’s the full details of the talks:

Steven Kilcoyne, “Autism has a Perception Problem”

Description: From the guy who has perception problems himself come a talk about Autism, don’t worry though he’s vaccinated. In this talk, Steven will explore how the representation of Autism in the media affects people’s perception of people who are on the Autism Spectrum in real life.

Bio: Steven is a graduate from Temple University with a Bachelors of Art with a concentration Film and Media Arts. When he is not assisting people in finding out when the Technician will arrive to install their Television service, he reads about the Media that fills our screens.

Kieran Dunne, “The Physical Mechanisms Behind the Most Romantic River Walk”

Description: As the seasons change, it is great to squeeze in a romantic walk along the river before winter sets in. However, not all river walks are equally beautiful. For this talk, I will break down the physical mechanisms that cause some rivers to meander and migrate across their landscapes and subsequently create various landforms seen in river channels and on floodplains, as well as discuss how humans are can both directly and indirectly influence riverine environments.

Bio: Kieran Dunne is a PhD student at Penn in the department of Earth & Environmental science studying geomorphology. He is interested in the interaction between fluid forces and granular media that results in the landforms that we see on the surface of the Earth and other plants, such as river channels and sand dune fields. To pursue this interest, he combines experimental work and field work to elucidate the fundamental parameters required to understand the physical phenomenal observed in nature.

Chris Cummins, “Walk Without Rhythm: The Weird World of David Lynch’s Dune”

Description: In 1984, David Lynch adapted Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel “Dune” for the silver screen. The result was a film unlike anything audiences had ever seen before…or sense. Because studio execs thought this dark and twisted flick could very well be the next Star Wars, there was a lot of wildly inappropriate merchandise created for this film. In this talk, Nerd Nite Philly co-boss Chris Cummins will look at the weird marketing of Dune and its equally baffling spin-off products. And as a special bonus, he’ll present a tribute to the greatest of all cinematic canines: Dune Pug! Fear is the mind killer, so don’t miss this one.

Bio: Chris Cummins is a Nerd Nite Philly co-boss, and is a writer for Den of Geek. He also runs the events Sci-Fi Explosion and Music Video Book Club.

Plus! Music from  local singer/songwriter Rachel Attebery!

Wednesday, November 1st. 7:30 pm.
Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
$5 (CASH ONLY, there’s an ATM on site and a Wells Fargo up the street)
Doors open at 4, we recommend getting there early to get a good seat!


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