Nerd Nite Recap (6/6/19)

“The longest way must have its close,—the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.” Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

The word extravaganza gets overused by some, but not in this case. Nerd Nite Miami presented a true extravaganza at the PAMM (Perez Art Museum Miami). This is the third installment of their Museum Tour, and it gives us locals a perfect opportunity to explore and enjoy the amazing museums we are lucky to have.

The location is amazing, and as usual, there were three great presentations on various subjects. This is my interpretation of the presenters’ messages, along with links to their sites, and additional information about the books, organizations, events, that they mentioned. I hope you enjoy as much as I do attending these live events.

1) Black Dreams Matter: Understanding Black Sci-Fi Movement by Jeff Carroll

Science Fiction is important because how it explores infinite possibilities, and it should include everyone, regardless of race, gender, age, etc. Different races see stories of their descendants in different ways. Sci-fi includes ALL nations, especially imagiNATION.

You can read more about this presenter in his blog: Hip Hop Comix N Flix

You can attend Florida Lit Con, a sci-fi BOOK/FILM convention on June 15, 2019. Check out info on Eventbrite and Facebook.

2) Seahorses: Magical Creatures in Our Backyard by Emilie Stump

Fun facts: seahorses are fish, they change color to blend into their environment, and the male seahorses carry the eggs in a pouch and give birth.

3 local seahorses: Lined Seahorse, Long-Snout Seahorse and Dwarf Seahorse. See them in real life at Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves and at Biscayne National Park.

Get involved, become a Citizen Scientist at iSeahorse.

Do you want to know more? IUCN Red List keeps status of threatened plants and animals. CITES regulates international trade of animals and plants, and Seahorses were first fish to make list.

3) When the News Lies, Fiction Tells the Truth by Julie Tyler

In modern times, news can get distorted and sometimes is difficult to tell facts from opinion. Fiction writing offers another way to convey messages, sometimes with powerful consequences. These 3 books deal with human suffering and injustice, and even though they are fictional tales, they are still able to make us feel real emotions, even many years later.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, published in 1852, which helped changed people’s views on slavery. You can find out more about author and book here.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, published in 1960, dealing with racial injustice and loss of innocence in the South. Read more about book, film and play here.

1984 by George Orwell, published 70 years ago, about government’s control of citizens in dystopian future. He also wrote another of my favorite books, Animal Farm. Check out more here.

 

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