Nerd Nite is a new monthly event (on the 4th Tuesday of each month) that strives for an inebriated, salacious, yet deeply academic vibe. Featuring short talks by several scientists, artists, experts of all types, and ordinary people with extraordinary skills, we aim to entertain, educate, elucidate, enlighten, and other things that start with “e.” Come drink along with us!
Nerd Nite is a monthly lecture event that strives for an inebriated, salacious, yet deeply academic vibe. We aim to entertain, educate, elucidate, enlighten, and other things that start with “e.” Come drink along with us!
This Nerd Nite will feature the following two talks:
“What a Nightmare! The Truth About the Scary, Disturbing, and Just Plain Weird Dreams”
Have you ever woken from a dream and wondered, “What was THAT about?” Our nightly dreams may frighten us, reassure us, or baffle us, but what do they actually mean? Come venture boldly into the territory of the unconscious! Jennifer Wohl, Ph.D., a psychotherapist in private practice who works frequently with dreams, will help us explore the wacky symbol-language of the dream world, and you’ll go home with some fresh, new ways of thinking about your nightly dreams.
“Learning and Memory: How Aging, Drinking, and Chemotherapy Mess With Your Mind”
The old idea that our brains cannot regenerate and form new nerve cells has been challenged in recent years. Learning and memory require the formation of new neurons and this process is affected by aging as well as a number of chemical insults to our brains. Larry Sherman, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist in the Division of Neuroscientist at OHSU, will discuss some of the latest research on this subject including research from his own lab that suggest ways to protect the brain from processes that limit learning and memory.
The Mission Theater – the place that first put beers into the hands of Portland theater-goers so many years ago – has proudly introduced a new line of programming, dubbed “The Assembly.”
While retaining its relaxed environment, comfortable seating and matchless sightlines, the Mission is dropping its second-run movies, stepping up its food and beverage offerings, and – best of all – evolving the theater’s programming dramatically. The core of The Assembly features film screenings with related lectures, interviews, and performances that bring cinema to life. And fans of Mortified, Miz Kitty and live music will be happy to learn that many of the live performances that we've all loved over the years will continue. After all, The Assembly's primary mission – engaging audiences with events that are both enriching and entertaining – has few boundaries!
So get your curiosity on and gather with us at The Assembly. There's a lot of world out there.