Prepare to boldly go where no man, woman, or non-corporeal entity has gone before! On Wednesday April 19 the Penn Museum will be playing host to a Star Trek themed intergalactic, time traveling adventure.
Festivities begin at 6:00 with opening remarks by Dr. Steve Tinney, Associate Curator-in-Charge, Babylonian Section. A life long Trekkie, Dr. Tinney will give a short talk about the Next Generation episode Darmok. In Darmok the epic of Gilgamesh is used to bridge a cultural gap between the crew of the Enterprise and an alien species.
“I’ve been a fan since I was a kid, basically,” said Dr. Tinney, “My childhood ambition was to be the ship’s archaeologist on he Enterprise. I never quite made that one. I ended up an ancient near eastern scholar and it’s always nice when little bits of ancient near eastern lore and mythology are referenced in the science fiction corpus.”
Dr. Tinney might not be a xeno-archaeologist but he had some advice for anyone who might find themselves in that line of work.
“I suppose what we would do is we would reason from the known to the unknown and try to analogize based on our experience of global Earth culture and work from there.”
Following Dr. Tinney’s introduction guests can choose to follow one of three different paths. Ultimately recruits will graduate from Star Fleet as a freshly minted Officer in either Science/Medicine, Command/Leadership, or Engineering/Security. Recruits can expect to overcome many physical and mental challenges over the course of their training.
As the evening’s adventure winds down recruits can retire to Ten Forward and celebrate with a cocktail and a performance by The Roddenberries—the galaxy’s premiere Star Trekkified, multi-media sci-fi rock cabaret, formed in Philadelphia in 2012. The 10-piece troupe features professional musicians, cabaret performers, dancers and filmmakers. Their versatile show spans the realms of science fiction, fantasy, gaming, Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, Marvel and DC—offering a unique combination of rock-n-roll theater, comedy, and sci-fi fun.