The next Nerdnite takes place Monday August 29 at Middlesex Lounge. We hope you’ll join us as Nerdnite makes a foray into the world of nerdy cinema, and approaches our science-nerd bread-and-butter territory from a new angle with a talk on alternative medicine and placebos. As always, DJ Claude Money will spin nerd-appropriate tunes, sharing the stage with this month’s outstanding speakers. Here is the lineup:
Talk 1. “Mumblecore: The Movement That Didn’t Roar” by Maria San Filippo.
Maria saw Blue Velvet at the impressionable age of 14, so naturally she now teaches cinema studies. She has a PhD from UCLA and currently is a visiting lecturer at Harvard and Wellesley, where she teaches “Virgins, Vamps, & Camp: Gender and Sexuality in Classical Hollywood Cinema” and “Happy Endings?: The Hollywood Romantic Comedy” among other courses. Her book The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. Her friends, relatives, and therapist often admonish her that real life isn’t like the movies…but mumblecore just may prove them wrong.
Talk 2: “How do people heal? An Integration of Acupuncture, Meditation and Placebo Research” by Jessica Shaw.
Jessica has worked for Harvard Medical School as a consultant on studies of alternative medicine since 2004. She is also the Practice Manager and Acupuncturist at Balanced Health in downtown Boston and spends entirely too much time thinking about this problem.
Be there and be square!
Monday August 29, 8pm
315 Mass Ave, Cambridge
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