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Nerd Nite: What It Means to be Human

Nerd Nite: What It Means to be Human
Wed, Apr 27

07:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Nerd Nite team up to consider the perennial question of what it means to be human. Join us and three local researchers as we examine this inquiry from
a scientific perspective by looking at exciting developments in anthropology, morphology, psychology, neuroscience, and robotics, including brain enhancements, and how robots learn. Though we won’t promise any definitive conclusions, you’re guaranteed to walk away feeling slightly more evolved at the end of the night.

Tickets will be sold at the door and are not available online.

Table space is limited. Make sure you arrive early to ensure a seat.
  • Tickets

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    Price: $5.00

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  • Location

    Frankford Hall

    1210 Frankford Avenue

    Philadelphia, PA, 19125

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  • Speakers

    David Yaden
    David Yaden
    David Yaden is a researcher at The University of Pennsylvania in the Positive Psychology Center under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman. He also works in collaboration with UPenn’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and studies the neuroscience of self-transcendent experiences with Dr. Andrew Newberg. David provides public health education with a focus on end-of-life care and stress management with Lourdes Health System.
    F. Omar Telan
    F. Omar Telan
    F. Omar Telan was born in Philadelphia; educated at Emerson College; directed at La Mama ETC; performed at the Dodge Poetry Festival, PS122, the Philippine Embassy; published in a Gathering of the Tribes, Apiary Magazine, the Fox Chase Review, 225 Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
    Matt Zucker
    Matt Zucker
    Matt Zucker is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Swarthmore College, where he teaches courses in robotics, computer vision, and digital systems. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked on motion planning for rough terrain locomotion. His research focuses on leveraging numerical optimization and machine learning techniques in order to improve planning speed and quality. In a previous life, Matt developed software for autonomous underwater vehicles at Bluefin Robotics Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    Paul Mitchell
    Paul Mitchell
    Paul Mitchell is a Ph.D. student in biological anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a researcher in the Physical Anthropology section of the Penn Museum since 2010. His interests are human evolution and variation, skeletal biology and anatomy, growth and development, evolutionary theory, and the history of science. He has analyzed or excavated skeletal remains from deep prehistoric periods to recent times in East Africa, New Zealand, Croatia, Israel, and across the United States.
  • Partners

    Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
    Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
    Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
    Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) founded in 1887, celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2012. With its extensive research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, Penn Museum is an internationally renowned institution dedicated to the exploration, study, and understanding of human history and cultural diversity. Penn Museum has conducted more than 400 research expeditions around the world and has collected nearly one million objects. Galleries feature materials from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Central America, Asia, and the ancient Mediterranean World, as well as artifacts from native peoples of the Americas and Africa. With educational programming for children, families and adults,Penn Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage.
    Nerd Nite
    Nerd Nite
    Nerd Nite
    Nerd Nite is an informal gathering at which nerds get together for nerdery of all sorts. Nerds and non-nerds alike gather to meet, drink and learn something new.
    Frankford Hall
    Frankford Hall
    Frankford Hall
    Located on Frankford Avenue, Frankford Hall is a unique restaurant specializing in German beer. It's a great place to relax with friends and enjoy great food.
    Swarthmore College
    Swarthmore College
    Swarthmore College
    Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues.
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania
    Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff.
    University City Science Center
    University City Science Center
    University City Science Center
    Founded in 1963, the Science Center is the oldest and largest urban research park in the United States. The Science Center supports technology commercialization and technology-based economic development on our campus and in the Greater Philadelphia region. Its 31 nonprofit shareholders include many of the distinguished colleges, universities, hospitals, and research institutions located throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.