This Week in Geek: Science Pub and Anime Round Table

I'm a talker.  I dominate conversations.  I'm not happy at a job unless I get to chat with new people.  I do things like guest star on local podcasts, just so I can talk some more.  I enjoy intellectual conversations about literature, spirituality, what I heard on NPR, which Doctor is my favorite, which pony on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is best, and if The Doctor met the Ponies, what would happen.

If you're a talker, you'll love these upcoming events.  You get to share your insights AND drink beer or coffee.  I predict only positive results.

TUESDAY -  Homewood-Flossmoor Science Pub - I've been meaning to give a shout-out to the Homewood-Flossmoor Science Pub for months.  Despite being in a small town, these events are held more consistently than any Science Cafe in Chicago.   Their topics differ greatly from Pub to Pub, making each a unique, educational experience.  This month, urban-geo-archaeo-anthropology buffs rejoice!  The subject is city planning... 3,000 years ago.  WAY cool!  I only have one question: if University of Chicago professors are so ready to drive that far for a Science Pub, why aren't we having more  in our fair city?  (Tuesday, June 26th, 8PM.  1035 Sterling, Flossmoor.  FREE.)

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WEDNESDAY - AnimeChicago's First Round Table - AnimeChicago has been around for a while as an otaku events resource.  Now, they're branching out with their own social gatherings.  Site users voted FLCL as the very first Round Table topic- the perfect choice.  FLCL is short enough to watch (or read) in a day, and bizarre enough to raise a bazillion questions.  Also, I may or may not idolize the lefty-bass-playing of Haruko.  I'M GONNA BE JUST LIKE HER... whenever I start practicing again.  >_ >  ...Aaanyway, these meetings are a new thing, and new things tend to stick around if people participate.  (Wednesday, June 27th, 6:30 PM.  Next Door, 659 W. Diversey.  FREE.)

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Great, right?  I know.  Now, onto the important stuff: Doctor Whooves origin story, anyone??  ;)


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  • Hmmm...Chicago is approximately 30 miles from Flossmoor, University of Chicago is less. You could probably cover the same mileage driving from the far north side of Chicago to the University of Chicago. What is your point?

  • In reply to JMHO:

    You're absolutely right. Professors (and students) come from all over to go to the University of Chicago. However, you prove my point. Homewood and Flossmoor, together, have a population of less than 30,000. Chicago has over 2.5 million. For the "same mileage" that you note, those awesome guests could be serving a much larger, more diverse audience.

    Obviously, Homewood and Flossmoor deserve science pubs. I'd just like to see more than 1 (or zero!) where there are so many enthusiasts in such a concentrated area. Science pubs/cafes are a great way to introduce science to a population that often finds it inaccessible.

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    Thanks for the AnimeChicago plug, Lauren! We're really excited to cultivate this new discussion-based community and happy it's so well-received!

    As for Chicago-centric Science Pubs, perhaps the Chicago Nerd Social Club would be a good fit. They're already in the bookclub arena and are looking for more events/coordinators to form these types of events.

    @JMHO, I and many of my friends lack a car, so anything via CTA is a plus in my book.

  • In reply to Jamie Sanchez:

    You're welcome, Jamie! Honestly, it was the fact that FLCL was chosen that caught my eye. The current generation of anime fans doesn't have the same roots as some of us do. Glad to see this age bracket of fans speaking up!

    As for Science Cafes, an organization called "Cafe Scientifique" did them for quite a while. I don't know why they fell off the map. :(

    ...and CTA is another great point! I hadn't even thought of that.

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    I'm a U of C staffer and there are many of us who live in the south burbs on the Metra Electric line. There are very few public transit options for those of us who seek a yard, ok public schools and a train commute. I also totally get that it is very very far south for northsiders.

    It does make me curious if they get a big group...

  • In reply to mcbietila:

    Well, as I mentioned above, Chicago used to have Cafe Scientifique, among others, to satisfy us Northerners. The last guest I saw there was not U of C affiliated. The org seems to have fallen by the wayside, though... :(

  • I wish there were more Anime Meetups or Anime-Friendly cafes in the actual city. It seems all the Otaku live in DuPage, Kane, Lake, Will or McHenry Counties.

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