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Monday, December 22, 2014

LGBT Military Expert Leads Discussion on "The Imitation Game"

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 10:34 AM

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Many are familiar by now with the name of it-boy British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, however, few might recognize the name of the man he portrays in the critically-lauded biopic The Imitation Game.  

Cumberbatch plays mathematician Alan Turing, who as the film depicts, was highly instrumental in the development of the model that broke Nazi Germany's Enigma code and eventually won World War II for the Allies. Turing's iconic work set the foundation for what would later be known as computer science. Despite his influence, Turing was later tried for and convicted of homosexual acts and ordered to undergo chemical castration as an alternative to prison.

The Palm Center, a San Francisco-based research institute on sexual minorities in the military, will host a free lecture tonight by program director and LGBT military expert Aaron Belkin titled "Unbreakable: How Alan Turing Cracked Germany’s Code." The lecture will take place at the ODC Theater at 7 p.m. 

The film, as well as Cumberbatch's performance, have already garnered plenty of buzz and awards season love in anticipation of next month's Oscar nominations. Here's a chance to better understand what all the fuss is about and join the conversation.

Click here to RSVP. 

The Imitation Game is now playing at the Landmark Embarcadero

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