Nerd Nite Nerdtacular – Friday October 16, 2009 at 7:30pm at Galapagos DUMBO

16 Main Street in DUMBO Brooklyn (F train to York St. or A/C train to High St.)

Fresh off the heals of the 2nd annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular, we’re resuming our regularly scheduled Nerd Nite programming on Friday October 16, 2009 at 7pm.  This edition features New York luminary Gideon Levy discussing the history of Jewish gangsters, finally another presentation about real-life zombies, and our seemingly regular sexuality-based presentation (I don’t know why there are so many of these) that takes a serious look at the history and cultural impact of swingers.  So bring a friend!

As we’ve learned, I strongly recommend you buy tickets in advance.  Buy them here ($10):

Nerd Nite NYC
Galapagos Art Space DUMBO
16 Main Street in DUMBO Brooklyn (F train to York St. or A/C train to High St.)
Friday October 16, 2009
Nerd Nite at 7:00pm (sorry about the early start time)
$10 cover charge


Back To The Lecture(s) At-Hand:

*Presentation #1
Biologically Deconstructing The Modern Zombie: Questioning The Synthesis Of A Potential Bioweapon
by Ginn Choe

Description: Zombies. They have become iconic monsters of the 21st century and are seen in pop-culture movies, music, and literature. The cultural relevance of zombies in world cultures is a topic most nerds are familiar with, which could be talked about for days–nay–weeks. But what is it about this monster that seems so essentially real that it is capable of capturing the imagination of biologists? This talk will explore the scientific inconsistencies of the more traditional, rise from-the-dead zombies and will propose biological and epidemiological models for what are otherwise known as Danny Boyle’s “rage” zombies. Could they exist?  And if they did, would they really be like we saw them the movie 28 Days Later? Would they really pose a threat? And what would you have to do to survive?

Bio: Ginn Choe is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Anthropology-Zoology, and currently works as a pathology researcher at Columbia University Medical Center to help fight the battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). She has reviously studied and worked in a neurology/psychiatry medical laboratory for depression and anxiety studies. She plans on starting her schooling for a degree in veterinary medicine in 2011. Beyond picking her brain about the pathology of zombies, her hobbies include springboard diving, playing banjo, taking care of animals, drinking teas, and blogging about her personal life.

*Presentation #2
Jewish Gangsters of New York City
by Gideon Levy

Description: How did a group of enterprising nogoodniks from the slums of the Lower East Side establish the most successful crime empire in America? Learn all about the cultural similarities and differences between the Jewish gangsters and the more familiar Irish and Italian gangsters of the early 20th century. What made these Jewish criminals so successful? What legacies were left by the Jews upon Mafia culture? And why did the Jewish Mafia only seem to last for a single generation before being affectively forgotten by popular culture?

Bio: Gideon Levy is a Jewish New York native and New York City Tour Guide with his family tour company The Levy’s Unique New York as well as a number of other tour companies. He is a rising expert in the history of organized crime in downtown New York City and likes to dress the role. In collaboration with his group Kinky Jews (, Gideon will be hosting a series of walking tours on this very topic on October 26.

*Presentation #3

Swingers: A Socio-bio-evolu-theo-histor-ical-logical Look at Today’s Partner Swappers
by Lynsey Griswold

Description: Oh my god, swinging? Gross! Aren’t swingers all old and hairy and saggy and morally degenerate? Not really. Learn about the nature of “ethical nonmonogamy” in New York and America today, and where it came from. Lynsey offers a lesson on the evolution, biology, history, and social background of swinging and open promiscuity, as well as a look at why the knee-jerk response for most “vanilla” people is usually contempt rather than interest. If we’re lucky, she might even give us a few tips on overcoming our inhibitions to try partner swapping ourselves, gleaned from her two years of experience as an undercover researcher at Manhattan sex parties and clubs.

Bio: Lynsey set out to be a writer and ended up as a sex writer, accidentally.  Oh well, it’s good to have a niche! On top of researching swinging in New York City for the past two years for an upcoming book on the subject (she’s looking for an agent and publisher, if anyone’s interested!), Lynsey also writes DVD reviews and set copy for several “adult” magazines which will remain nameless; reviews, commentary, interviews, and more for Whack! Magazine (; a twice-monthly column for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (; and co-produces the webisode “Pornocracy” for Incommunicado Films (