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March 6, 2014

Nerd Nite, Frankford Hall And The Franklin Institute Team Up To Present A Pompeii-Themed Nerd Nite, Next Wednesday, March 12

Next Wednesday, March 12, the good people behind Nerd Nite make their way to Frankford Hall for a twofer Nerd Nite event with the Franklin Institute. (Photo by T. Scheid for Visit Philadelphia)

Next Wednesday, March 12, Nerd Nite presents an event of epic proportions as it hosts quizzo, discussions and more at Frankford Hall with help from the folks at the Franklin Institute.

The Nerd Nite action is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m., but doors open at 7 p.m.

For a cover charge of $5, head to the Fishtown beer garden for happy hour specials, discussions from some of the area’s most seasoned science folk and quizzo.

Channeling the Franklin Institute’s current marquee exhibition, One Day in Pompeii, this edition of Nerd Nite welcomes three guest speakers for discussions about Pompeii, volcanic activity and archaeology in the fallen Roman city.

Dr. Brian Rose of the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Museum discusses “Dining and Lovemaking in Pompeii,” learn about attitudes toward the subjects derived through ancient art, food, cookbooks and dining rooms.

Dr. Janet Monge, a forensic anthropology teacher and seasoned forensic worker, focuses on what society has learned about the fallen towns of Pompeii and the neighboring Herculaneum from the victims who escaped into beach caves and died of heat shock which preserved their bones.

Laura Guertin a marine geologist and teacher, schools the audience on active volcanoes in Hawaii and Iceland, potential active volcanoes in the Canary Islands and at Yellowstone and the developing volcanoes along the Jersey Shore (yes, the Jersey Shore).

Between each speaking session, guests are challenged to stirring games of nerd-centric quizzo. Winners take home prizes from the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Science Festival and Frankford Hall.

Don your thinking caps!

Nerd Nite at Frankford Hall
When: Wednesday, March 12, Doors, 7 p.m.; Program, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost: $5 plus drinks and food
More info: www.philadelphia.nerdnite.com

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