Join us on Thursday, August 29th for a special edition of Nerd Nite at Stardust Video & Coffee.
Nerd Nite is an evening of entertaining and educational presentations. Speakers present for 15 minutes, followed by a brief Q&A with the audience. Nerd Nite operates in over a hundred cities around the world and launched in Orlando on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
6-7pm: Pre-show content
"Whatever It Takes: Analyzing The Thematic Failure of Marvel's Most Ambitious Pair of Films" by Ricardo Williams
DESCRIPTION: There's no denying the overwhelming success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; not just in dollars but in the hearts and minds of fans and (most) critics. In the past 11 years, Marvel Studios has released 23 major motion pictures in a unprecedented format of serialized storytelling on the big screen. It seems like everyone has seen their movies and tripping over each other for the latest news on upcoming projects. But is their pop culture domination good filmmaking? Is it good storytelling? In this talk, we'll break down the narrative structure of Marvel's most ambitious films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
BIO: Ricardo Williams is a program director, event organizer, digital influencer, and filmmaker. Since studying communications at Pace University in New York City, he's appeared in commercials and independent films, composed soundtracks and produced albums, organized educational programming, and advised on political campaigns. He's also guest lectured on film theory and video production at New York's School of Visual Arts. Since 2013, Ricardo has organized and hosted Nerd Nite in Orlando, Florida.
"The Top 5 Misconceptions About Yoga and Meditation" by Krista Noble
DESCRIPTION: What does 'yoga' really mean? Is meditation difficult? Do all meditations have the same effect? What are higher states of consciousness, anyway? According to yogic philosophy, is there such a thing as right vs. wrong? Join Dr. Krista Noble as she tackles these questions!
BIO: 29-year-old Krista Noble received her Ph.D. in Vedic (ancient Indian) studies from Maharishi University of Management, where she is now a professor. She has also taught at two other universities: namely, the University of Philosophical Research and the Holmes Institute.
Krista has given over 30 presentations on Vedic topics. For instance, she spoke at the 2018 international World Association for Vedic Studies (W.A.V.E.S.) conference in Texas; she is a lifetime member of this organization. She also recently gave talks at the 2018 international Science & Scientist conference in Bhubaneshwar, India, and at Loyola Marymount University in California. She has presented at Nerd Nite twice: once in Los Angeles, and once in Orlando.
Krista's academic interests include the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads, Ayurveda, theories of consciousness, and the neurophysiological markers of meditation techniques. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and going to the beach.
"The Revolutionary Mind: The Stories and Science Behind Why We Make Big Changes" by Max Jackson
DESCRIPTION: Revolutions can be big or small, good or bad, personal or political - but no matter, what they always involve making a clean break with the past and making a leap into a new way of life. Or do they? This talk will explore revolutions of all kinds, from overthrowing a government to overcoming an addiction, looking at the psychology and neuroscience of why they happen and how we can do them right.
BIO: Max Jackson is the lead data analyst at Hesperos, a Body-on-a-Chip company. He works to reduce animal testing, open research into rare diseases, and make better, cheaper medicine.