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*SOLD OUT* Science on the Screen: Memento, and MIT Neuroscientist John Gabrieli

  • Sep 16, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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It's mess with your mind nite at the Coolidge! Join us for Science on the Screen, as MIT Neuroscientist John Gabrieli talks about how our brains organize memories, thoughts, and emotions, followed by a screening of Christopher Nolan's now classic brain bender flick, Memento.

Things get started at 7:00. We'll start gathering outside the theater 30-45 minutes beforehand. Doreen and John will be sporting their nerdy meetup pins.  If folks want to grab a bite beforehand, there is a Panera Bread nearby, plus a pizza place and a few other things for grab-and-go food. It's going to be a late-ish nite, but some of us may go out for a drink afterwards.

*** ADVANCE TICKETS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! ***

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Hope to see you there :)


COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE’S SCIENCE ON SCREEN SERIES

RETURNS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

SEASON OPENER FEATURES MEMENTO

WITH MIT NEUROSCIENTIST JOHN GABRIELI

The Coolidge Corner Theater kicks off a new season of its popular Science on Screen series on Monday, September 16 at 7:00 pm with a 35mm screening of director Christopher Nolan’s neo-noir tour de force, Memento.  Nolan (The Dark Night, Inception) made his mark with this 2000 indie sleeper hit about a man with severe memory loss who tries to solve and avenge his wife’s murder.  Introducing the film is MIT neuroscientist John Gabrieli, an expert on how our brains organize memories, thoughts, and emotions.

Tickets ($10 general admission/$8 students and Museum of Science members/free for Coolidge Corner Theatre members) may be purchased online at www.coolidge.org or at the Coolidge Corner Theatre box office, located at 290 Harvard Street, Brookline.  Phone: 617/734-2500.

Told largely in reverse chronological order, Memento followsformer insurance investigator Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) as he doggedly searches for his wife’s killer despite suffering from anterograde amnesia, a condition that makes it impossible for him to form new memories. Because nothing sticks for more than a few minutes, Leonard relies on an elaborate system of notes, Polaroid snapshots, and body tattoos to remind himself of where he is, what he’s found out, and what he should do next. Aiding him in his quest – or perhaps using his unreliable memory for their own ends – are a cheerful, ubiquitous fellow named Teddy (Joe Pantoliano) and Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful bartender.  As the story of Leonard’s investigation unfolds backwards, a second narrative strand involving an insurance claimant from Leonard’s past moves forward in time, adding new layers of complexity and intrigue to one of cinema’s great mindbenders.

Before the film, guest speaker John Gabrieli discusses how memory works, its depiction in the film, and a real-world case of anterograde amnesia. As a graduate student at MIT, Gabrieli was among a select group of scientists invited to study Henry Molaison, a man who lived with anterograde amnesia for over 50 years after having his hippocampus removed at age 27 to prevent epileptic seizures. Known in his lifetime only as H.M., Molaison is perhaps the most famous patient in the history of neurology and reputed to be the inspiration for the protagonist in Memento. He died in 2008, having provided groundbreaking insights into the basis of human memory.

About the Speaker

John Gabrieli is the director of the Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, where he is also an Investigator. Gabrieli has faculty appointments in MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, where he holds the Grover Hermann Professorship.  He also co-directs the MIT Clinical Research Center and is Associate Director of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, MGH/MIT, located at Massachusetts General Hospital.

About Science on Screen

The Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Science on Screen series, launched in 2005, pairs screenings of classic and modern films with lively presentations by notable science and technology experts.  Each film serves as a jumping-off point for the speaker to share scientific research or technological advances in a way that engages popular-culture audiences – from the neurobiology of the zombies in Night of the Living Dead to how far artificial intelligence has come since 2001: A Space OdysseyScience on Screen is co-presented by The Museum of Science, Boston and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with additional support from Gesmer Updegrove LLP and Rubin/Anders Scientific, Inc.  In 2011, with funding from the Sloan Foundation, the Coolidge expanded Science on Screen nationally.  For more information about this national initiative, visit www.coolidge.org/sloan.

The Coolidge’s Science on Screen program continues on Monday, October 21 with a screening of Young Frankenstein, paired with a talk on bioelectricity and regeneration by Tufts Research Associate Professor Dany Adams.



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  • Doreen C.

    The movie was as intense and strange as I remembered it. Nice group hung out together at the movie and hit the Regal Beagle after. An enjoyable way to spend an evening. Thanks for coming out everyone.

    September 17, 2013

  • Lou O

    Nice intro the the movie, with some history of the character's inspiration. Same trippy film I mostly remember. Fun convo afterwards.

    September 17, 2013

  • Tim

    "Memento" broken down in a graphic: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1310819

    September 16, 2013

  • Judy M.

    Excellent presentation and film. Thanks for organizing this!

    September 16, 2013

  • John

    For folks that are here, a group of us will meet outside in front of the theater afterwards to go to Regal Beagle for food and drinks.

    September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Like many others, I can't make it tonight, so my ticket is up for grabs. Let me know if you'd like it and I'll email it over.

    September 16, 2013

  • Susi

    Hey! I'm not going :(, because I'm in Davis Square and the T would take like an hour. Does anyone want my ticket? I can email it to someone.

    September 16, 2013

    • Mara

      How would I pay you for it?

      September 16, 2013

    • Susi

      Wow what a fast reply haha. I'll email you :)

      September 16, 2013

  • Theresa

    Shoot, I'm not going to be able to make it. Some stuff came up at work. If someone wants to buy my ticket, let me know. Enjoy.

    September 16, 2013

    • Mara

      Theresa, I'd like it. I'm on my way there now but probably won't get there until 6:45. Do you want to text me?[masked] Mara

      September 16, 2013

  • Eureka

    My plus one bailed, so I have an extra ticket. Any takers?

    September 14, 2013

    • Eureka

      meet me out front 6:15.

      September 16, 2013

    • Theresa

      For some reason, it's not letting post. I'll try it this way. I'm not going to be able to make it. Something came up at work. If someone wants to buy my ticket, let me know.

      September 16, 2013

  • Kelly S.

    I'd love to be there, but I'll be staying home sick instead. Ready, set, race to grab my seat... GO!

    September 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kelly, I am looking for an additional ticket. ..is yours available?

      September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will be there, I already have a ticket

    September 15, 2013

  • Tim

    Bummer. It would be cool if the lecture could be recorded. I'd even pay the speaker a small fee...

    September 12, 2013

  • Shava N.

    WHOA! I said yes, but all the tickets are sold out! Someone get up with me if you aren't going -- I'd love to go. Also I actually got the "privilege" of experiencing anterograde amnesia (what the protagonist has) due to a stroke in 2007, so if anyone wants to ask questions about it, I can try to describe the experience if I end up coming. One of my coping mechanisms was to use "memory palaces" to do simple everyday things like track conversations with people -- just keeping what someone had just been talking about seconds ago in a conversation could entirely go away if I didn't "move it" into another sort of memory.

    I have a background in cogsci so my notes from the time got used by a friend at MIT for when he taught a class at CSAIL...:) I got to donate my brain to science without having to dissect it.

    2 · September 10, 2013

  • Crystal R.

    Just visited website to buy a ticket and it's sold out -- have fun everyone

    September 10, 2013

  • Tim

    I'll try not to forget to attend :-)

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Dusya L.

    And what does the ticket cost ?

    September 5, 2013

    • John S

      Hi Dusya. I had the same question when I wanted to register, so I looked at the description that Doreen and John provided above. That was the start of it all, for me. When I went to the Coolidge Corner website, I was very glad to get the Museum of Science discount without giving my member number, although I am assuming that I will have to show my card once I am there to pick up my ticket. I hope you find what you need so that you can join us, and that the event isn't yet sold out.

      September 5, 2013

  • Dusya L.

    Do I need to buy a ticket ?

    September 5, 2013

  • Dusya L.

    Do I need to buy a ticket ?

    September 5, 2013

  • Dusya L.

    I am sorry , I forgot to ask !

    September 5, 2013

  • Dusya L.

    I am sorry , I forgot to ask !

    September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just bought my ticket. I look forward to attending my first "Nerd Fun" event :D

    September 3, 2013

  • Julie B.

    Sorry I'll be missing but I've got something else on the calendar which I cannot reschedule.

    September 2, 2013

    • John

      :'(

      September 2, 2013

  • Eric

    This is a favorite of mine, but I'll be (way) out of town.

    September 1, 2013

  • Mara

    Memento is one of the most intriguing films I've ever seen. Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of my favorite movie theatres of all time. Plus I'm a Bio major...this sounds like a match made in heaven. Can't wait to see you all there!

    August 29, 2013

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