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From Tyranny to Liberty... A Personal Story

BY BILL SUHAYDA
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

In an all-too-rate look at life behind the Iron Curtain, Bill Suhayda explores the conditions that caused the Hungarian people to revolt against both Soviet occupation and the tyranny of communism in the country of his birth. In 1956, some 200,000 people fled Communist Hungary; Bill’s family was among those people risking their lives to escape. Bill dedicated his presentation to those people in Hungary, Austria, and the United States who helped his family escape from tyranny, and those Americans who helped his family assimilate into American culture.

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Bill Wood, Eldora Hoover, and Their Famous Friend

BY JEFFERY SCHIELKE
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Jeffery Schielke, longtime mayor and local historian of Batavia, Illinois, shared his reflections on Batavia’s well-known educators, Eldora Hoover and Bill Wood, their collection of crosses, and their interest in Japanese customs and traditions. In their search for supplies for the Japanese tea ceremony, Eldora and Bill discovered a store in Chicago owned by Jun Toguri and his daughter, Iva. As their friendship grew, Iva revealed the story of an American citizen trapped in Japan during World War II—her story. Once called Tokyo Rose, she was imprisoned in the United States for treason. Ultimately, President Gerald R. Ford granted a full and unconditional pardon to Iva Toguri, which restored her U.S. citizenship.

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A Little Bird Told Me

BY DENIS KANIA
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Little birds have shaped the life of Denis Kania in so many ways. Lessons he learned as he searched the world for his avian friends changed the way he looks at people, the world, and its future. He found that the choices we make at home can have a profound impact on the environment halfway around the world.

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Indistinguishable from Magic

BY CINDY JOE
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke’s famous Third Law hints at the awe technology and science can inspire. In this presentation, Fermilab particle accelerator operator Cindy Joe explains why science is worthy of passion and makes a compelling argument that it makes magic accessible to everyone.

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Thank You for Being a Friend

BY BREA HAYES
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Brea Hayes discusses the different life events that led her to open a shop, FAWN Gifts, in Batavia, Illinois. Her thoughts encompass the importance of self-care, gift-giving, the power of theater, and, of course, The Golden Girls.

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Neutrinos: Tiny Particles, Big Mysteries!

BY ELENA GRAMELLINI
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Exploring the sub-atomic world, Elena Gramellini describes the elegant beauty of the Standard Model of Particle Physics and the pivotal discovery of the Higgs boson particle. But a sneaky particle defeats human knowledge: Neutrinos! Whence these spoilsports? Why are they important? How should we study them?

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Titles Are Hard, and Other Lessons from Jazz on Creativity, Collaboration, and Community

BY MATT ERION
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Jazz composer Matt Erion shares inspirations and lessons gleaned from years in the musical trenches. This presentation is not exactly about music but is intended to inspire people of all walks of life to discover their passions and be bold in the pursuit of their vision.

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Charity, High School, and a Bus. Oh My!"

BY MADDIE BOZIK
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Maddie Bozik is the president of Maddie’s Mitten March, a charity she started in 2009, when she was ten years old. The goal of Maddie’s Mitten March is to collect, clean, and distribute winter clothing to those in need. Today, Maddie has a retrofitted (and repainted) school bus that goes around the community as part of her project to give winter clothing to anyone that needs it.

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Desperately Seeking SUSY

BY ANADI CANEPA
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

The most profound questions in physics—“What makes up the Universe?”—is answered by exploring the Universe immediately after the Big Bang. Anadi Canepa explains that these conditions are recreated at the high-energy particle colliders where sub-atomic particles travel at the speed of light and collide millions of times per second. Fermilab built the most powerful time-machines in the world and contributed to the historical discovery of the Higgs boson, the sole particle responsible for everyone’s existence. Because of its mission, extending knowledge, and its philosophy, sharing knowledge, Fermilab is a “cognitive bubble that one can’t escape, one doesn’t want to escape,” according to Canepa.

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Man vs. Mask: Dawn of the Varmint

BY MATT MYERS
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Illustrating just how cunning and relentless raccoons can be, Matt Myers battles a most tenacious backyard pest.

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The History of Telling Good Stories

BY JAIME GUTIERREZ
@ VOL 5 ON NOV 10, 2016

Storytelling is what makes us human. Jaime Gutierrez explores the methods we use to tell stories and provides examples of great storytellers throughout history.

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Kosovo... Living in a Post-Conflict Country

BY MICHAEL DIXON
@ VOL 5 ON NOV 10, 2016

After maintaining a practice in restorative architecture in St. Charles, Illinois, for 32 years, Michael Dixon decided to share his experience in the United States Peace Corps. His Peace Corps service included three years in Ukraine before being evacuated under the extreme conditions of a revolution and a Russian invasion. Following his abrupt departure from Ukraine, Mike accepted a six-month assignment as a community development specialist in Armenia. In this presentation, He describes his most recent assignment in the Republic of Kosovo, working with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare from his office in the Department of Tourism and Economic Development in the historic city of Prizren.

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