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New Meetup: Night of the Living Dead @ Coolidge Corner, Science on Screen

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 11:36 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Night of the Living Dead @ Coolidge Corner, Science on Screen

When: April 13,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Science on Screen at the Coolidge Corner Theatre presents NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD:
Speaker: Steven Schlozman, MD

"Science on Screen at the Coolidge Corner Theatre takes a dark twist with a presentation of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, George A. Romero's 1968 genre-defining zombie horror film on Monday, April 13 at 7:00 pm. This unusual program is the 'brainchild'of psychiatrist Steven C. Schlozman, a self-described zombie film fanatic and pop culture enthusiast who will join us before the film to explore the theoretical neuroscience of zombies and the psychological effects they have on others.

"What would the brain of a zombie look like? Why are zombies so (physically) unbalanced? Why are they always hungry? Why do normal people, in the absence of being infected, descend to sub-cortical zombie behavior in almost every zombie movie? And just what is it about the concept of the living dead that continually fascinates audiences? Zombie fans will have lots to feast on?

"They're coming to get you, Barbara!"


"When the reanimated corpses of the recently deceased begin to rise from the earth and seek human flesh as sustenance, a small group of survivors take refuge inside of a farmhouse. Armed only with guns, blunt instruments and the knowledge that a blow to the head is the only means of taking down their decaying assailants, the living must attempt to last the night. Director George A. Romero gave rise to the survival horror genre with this landmark film, and his vision of the slow-moving, cannibalistic walking dead quickly became the textbook definition of "zombie". (dir. George A. Romero w/ Judith O'Day, Duane Jones 1h36m)

About Steven Schlozman:

"Steven Schlozman, MD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and lecturer in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He earned his medical degree at the Brown-Dartmouth Program in Medicine, and completed his training in general psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and his Child Psychiatry Residency at the MGH/McLean Program in Child Psychiatry. He is currently the associate director of training for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program at MGH/McLean, and co-director of medical student education in psychiatry for Harvard Medical School. He is the editor of the "Youth Culture Column" for the Newsletter of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and he writes about the interface of popular culture, music, and the humanities throughout medical education. His articles include: 'Vampires and Those Who Slay Them: Using the Television Program 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' in Adolescent Therapy and Psychodynamic Education" (2000); 'From Alice Cooper to Marilyn Manson: The Significance of Adolescent Antiheroes' (2003); and, most recently, 'Zombies on My Mind' (2009) [ Yes! I found links to most of the papers! - T.J. ]

"According to Schlozman, his interest in Zombie movies started when, as an adult, he was fortunate enough to mix insomnia with a late-night showing on television of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. This led to an exploration of zombie movies that contributed to all sorts of sleep deprivation, waiting as was required to get the kids to bed in order to feed his growing habit. Why the fascination? ?The Zombie movie is the perfect playground for the neurologically-, psychologically-, and humorously-minded pop culture enthusiast,? he explains.

About Science on Screen:

"With Science on Screen, the Coolidge presents a feature film or documentary with a basis in science, paired with exciting introductions by notable scientific figures

"Science on Screen programs are $9.75 regular admission or $7.75 for seniors, students, and Museum of Science members. Members of the Coolidge Corner Theatre get FREE admission to these shows"

Buy Tickets Online:

Scroll down to the 4/13/2009 showing, and select "7:00 pm".

Where to meet:

Doors open up usually at 6:40 pm. T.J. Maher will probably get there by 6:10 pm. By 6:15 pm, the Coolidge Corner staff tells everyone to line up at the brick wall on the right hand side of the movie theater, and T.J. gets in line with the few Nerd Fun people who are early. By 6:20 pm the line snakes all the way down the alley. And by 6:30 pm, twenty MEETUP people show up and cut everyone in line behind T.J. ... Um, let's try to get there by 6:15 pm if we can.

T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with blue eyes, short brown hair, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

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