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Nerd Nite is a monthly event during which experts on anything from rocket science to cosplay give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. Because learning is more fun when you're drinking with friends.
THE SCIENCE OF ATTACHMENT AND PLAY THERAPY: WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT LOVE
Dr. Alison returns to explore and explain the science behind child-parent attachment and its long-lasting effects on our relationships as adults. Then she will briefly teach you how to do play therapy with the children (or adults!) in your life in order to facilitate closer connections. After the isolation of the pandemic, these relational skills are more important than ever.
USING ANTHROPOLOGY TO BUILD A FICTIONAL WORLD
Building fictional worlds isn't easy, it requires an understanding of how culture and identity work. It's one of the reasons so many books use the same magic systems, or the same sci-fi themes over and over again instead of building something unique. But as it turns out, a little anthropology can go a very long way in this process. In 2021, Michael Kilman and Kyra Wellstrom published a book called Build Better Worlds: An Introduction to Anthropology for Game Designers, Fiction Writers, and Filmmakers to help teach people the core basics of anthropology and how you can use them to build more authentic fictional worlds. In an attempt to summarize some of the most important points, Michael Kilman will discuss how anthropology can help improve your next fictional world and why creating better fictional worlds, will help us change our world for the better.
That's right. Your Nerd Nite host is going to present an introduction to our lord and savior of the prequel trilogy, Obi-Wan Kenobi. It will review what we know about Obi-Wan from the movies and animated series (Clone Wars, Bad Batch, and Rebels). Those who complete this class will be primed and ready for the Kenobi series.