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Making Animal Friends Around the World

BY MEGAN BRENNAN WOOD
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Megan Brennan Wood is an attorney and Foreign Service spouse who has traveled around the world with her family, befriending animals wherever she goes. Hear Megan tell the tales of the dogs, cats, pigs, foxes, and other animals she met and whose images she captured in Myanmar, where she lived for two years, and in her travels in southeast Asia. Don't miss the hilarious closing image of (spoiler alert:) her cat as Donald Trump!

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On Personal Risk-Taking and Courage

BY MICHELLE CLAIRE
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

"Don't give up on your dreams, and give uncertainty a chance."

Michelle Claire shares stories about the risks that she has taken in her life, and that have brought her from San Antonio, Texas, to Washington, D.C. -- everything from white-river rafting, telling her mother she wanted to become an artist, and personal decisions about love and friendship. Speaking on PechaKucha has been on her bucket list for a long time-- and we're glad she took the risk, at PechaKucha Alexandria Vol.1

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Photo Album of Paintings

BY MAMATJAN JUMA
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Mamatjan Juma is an artist who was trained in the style of Socialist Realism, in which ideology was paramount. He began questioning this notion and exploring more abstract styles after his move to the United States. Through "snapshots" of his paintings, he shows the development of his style, where beauty, balance, and limitlessness are expressed without the need to stand for an ideology. 

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Exploring Empty Houses

BY EMILY ATWOOD
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Emily Atwood is an architect who answered an ad for someone to draw house plans, and ended up documenting hundreds of empty houses as they were preparing to be sold. In her presentation, she takes us inside the homes, guiding us to see the unexpected beauty in their architectural details and the private worlds of the owners who occupied them.

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Saying “YES”!: The Road to Untold Research

BY MONICA SANCHEZ AND KATE VASILOFF
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Monica Sanchez and Kate Vasiloff are two friends who, a year ago, would never have imagined that they would quit their jobs and start a business together. Yet here they are, at PechaKucha Alexandria Vol.1, having done just that AND finishing each other's sentences. In their presentation they share their entrepreneurial journey, including some fascinating insights from their first project to document public opinion about rights to abortion in El Savador.

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We All Have a Story, We All Need a Witness: Vulnerability as a Tool for Human Connection

BY ALEKSANDRA CORWIN
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Writing a book, Aleksandra Corwin says, is like falling in love. It involves opening up the most vulnerable part of us and sharing it with others. As a book editor, Aleksandra has helped countless authors go through this journey, by being the first witness and doula to their story. Her presentation is about this process, but it is also about a critical time in her life when, for the first time, the role was reversed and she needed to accept her own vulnerability.

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My Creative Journey as an Artist

BY FATIMA ARGUN
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

"Paintings are like children-- it's hard to say which one you love the most," so says artist Fatima Argun, as she shares her colorful and vibrant paintings and the inspirations behind them. She shows how she tries to balance colors, shapes, and textures, and explains the various sources of inspiration that give her works a special quality: the richness of the Turkish culture, Rumi's poetry, and the rhythms of music. 

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Marvel Through the Eyes of a Nine Year-Old

BY MATIAS CAICEDO
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Matias Caicedo is an expert on Marvel comics who also happens to be 9 years old. He received a Marvel book for Christmas last year, and was so excited he couldn't stop reading it for one and a half months. In his PechaKucha presentation, he shares the history and development of Marvel comics and their characters from 1939 to today. 

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How to Make a Micro-Budget Film

BY BRITTANY RAFALAK
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Brittany Rafalak is an independent filmmaker who shares some useful tricks and know-how she has learned through the years for making a film on a budget. Unlike other creative artists, a filmmaker can't simply pick up a camera and start filming, so she has had to devise creative strategies to produce the films she wants, on a limited budget. Her presentation inspires us as creative artists, even those who are not filmmakers, to not let finances stop us from achieving our vision.

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Me at 12 to My Daughter at 12: A Story of Connection

BY LISA LING
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 15, 2018

Is success the key to happiness?

At one point in her life, Lisa Ling had become an accomplished martial artist, concert pianist, lawyer, and even an Action Queen, but realized that it was not making her happy. Her presentation is a letter to her daughter at 12, about what she wished she had known when she was 12-- that chasing success will not make you happy, and that it is important to let go of control and feel the love within. Now, she measures success by how much joy she had in the day, which we might also do well to emulate.