Nerd Nite NYC returns to the fair borough of Manhattan on Saturday October 26, 2019 as it heads back to Caveat NYC in the Lower East Side to showcase three funny-yet-smart presentations about mega-floods, the law and legalities of Star Wars, and the oft-maligned and complex career of Andrew Dice Clay. Buy tickets here.

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Nerd Nite NYC
Saturday October 26, 2019
Caveat NYC
21A Clinton Street (Lower East Side)
Presentations-only: 9:30pm (doors at 9pm) $13 Buy tickets here.

Back to the Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1

When Megafloods Attack! Recent Observations from the Eastern Himalaya
by Dr. Karl Lang

Description: During the last glacial period, expanding glaciers dammed many of rivers draining the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, impounding vast, high elevation lakes. When these glacial dams inevitably failed, enormous floods cascaded through the narrow Himalayan valleys downstream, leaving behind a trail of sedimentary deposits along valley walls. In this talk, we will reconstruct the enormity of these floods from the curious sedimentary record they left behind.

Bio: Dr. Karl Lang is a broadly trained geologist with interests spanning areas of geomorphology, sedimentology and tectonics. He is an Assistant Professor at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Prior to this he was a postdoctoral researcher in Germany and Sweden, and taught for a year at Pomona College. He has a PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle and a BSc from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

*Presentation #2
The Law of Star Wars Strikes Back
by Major Thomas Harper

Description: Star Wars may be full of lightsabers, space battles, and one very awkward brother/sister crush, but it’s also brimming with legal issues. Are Ewoks a bunch of furry war criminals? Can Kylo Ren claim the insanity defense? Join Army JAG attorney Major Thomas Harper as he returns to Nerd Nite NYC to break down these issues and more from the galaxy far far away.

Bio: Major Tom Harper served on active duty as an Army JAG officer for over seven years before switching to the Army Reserves and private practice.  As a JAG attorney, Tom has served in a variety of positions, including as a prosecutor, a defense counsel, and as an operational law attorney advising on combat operations in Afghanistan.  He is also obsessed with Star Wars and still proudly carries a Darth Vader lunchbox.  Tom blogs and podcasts for The Legal Geeks, using Star Wars to teach about a wide variety of legal topics.  He regularly shares his love of Star Wars on the national stage, and has presented at San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, WonderCon, and DragonCon. You can follow his Star Wars ramblings on Twitter at @thomasLharper.

*Presentation #3
Snake Eyes & Sevens: The Hollywood Acting Resume of Andrew Dice Clay
by Stephen Pitalo

Description: Known primarily for his outrageous, offensive stand-up routines, comedian Andrew “Dice” Clay has appeared in films since the 1980s, often as a talent underutilized. Moviegoers could catch glimpses of his on-screen charisma in films like Pretty in Pink, Making the Grade, and Casual Sex, as well as the TV show Wiseguy. After his big box office failure as a leading man in 1990’s The Adventures of Ford Fairlaine, and then a string of straight-to-DVD roles, Clay finally got out of Hollywood jail and caught the public’s attention with a pivotal role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine opposite Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins. Clay went on to play Lady Gaga’s father in the Academy Award-winning box office smash A Star is Born. In this presentation, we’ll see clips of Clay that reveal an actor whose abilities far out weighed his opportunities.

Bio: Stephen Pitalo is a veteran entertainment journalist.

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