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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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Water: The Mighty Molecule!

BY ROD ALLEN
@ VOL 5 ON NOV 10, 2016

Rod Allen, a professional educator and water-resource scientist, describes water’s structure, unusual features, and its many key roles. Surface tension, boiling point, and bipolarity are used to illustrate some of water’s remarkable behaviors. Solubility and specific heat are especially important to the health of the planet. The importance of water as a building block for life, the current and future status of water resources, and its origin soon after the universe was formed, are included in this comprehensive survey of the mighty molecule.

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Designing a Laboratory: Art, Architecture, and the Founding of Fermilab

BY KATIE YURKEWICZ
@ VOL 5 ON NOV 10, 2016

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory looks like no other science lab on Earth—thanks to the vision of founding director Robert Wilson and artist Angela Gonzales. Under their aesthetic direction, architecture, sculpture, color, and design combined to produce a lab that was revolutionary for its time. Katie Yurkewicz shows off another side of the legendary physics lab.

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On Preserving Maywood Park

BY KEITH YEARMAN
@ VOL 5 ON NOV 10, 2016

When the legendary harness race track Maywood Park in Melrose Park, Illinois, closed in late 2015, two professors from the College of DuPage in Wheaton, Illinois, acquired the track’s archives. Though only owning a small portion of the Maywood Park archives, Keith Yearman began digitizing and documenting the entire collection—and is curating a forthcoming exhibition.

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Things Dear to Me

BY STEVE VASILION
@ VOL 5 ON NOV 10, 2016

Life is fleeting and our time is precious. Steve Vasilion looks at his life, family, and career as part of a continuum, and shares his thoughts about the next generation in “Things Dear to Me.

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All the World's a Stage

BY LEIGH TRACY
@ VOL 5 ON NOV 10, 2016

Reflecting on his interest in theater and politics, Leigh Tracy explores William Shakespeare’s proposition, “All the world’s a stage; and men and women merely players.” He recreates some characters from various plays, looks at politics as theater, and concludes with a spiritual perspective on politics and the stage.

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Teaching Art in the Trenches: My Encounter at the Art Institute of Chicago

BY STEVE SHERRELL
@ VOL 5 ON NOV 10, 2016

Steve Sherrell, a local artist in Yorkville, Illinois, and former professor of art at Joliet Junior College, taught art in the Chicago area for 30 years. Now retired, he lives along the Fox River watching the river flow by, painting, and, just to keep his foot in the water, curating the gallery at Water Street Studios in Batavia, Illinois.

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Go Your Own Way: On Embracing the SNAFUs, FUBARs, and Clusterf***s of Life and Business

BY NATALIE ANDERSON
@ VOL 5 ON NOV 10, 2016

Natalie Anderson has always been a writer and artist at heart, but life’s detours dropped her off in the very manly world of barbering instead. The journey there went through art school and the Army, late night bars and other countries, and, somehow, right back to her creative beginnings.

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My Ideal Bookshelf

BY JO ANN SMITH
@ VOL 4 ON AUG 11, 2016

“My name is Jo Ann and I am a bookaholic.”

In "My Ideal Bookshelf" from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol. 4Jo Ann Smith shared the books that have affected her life. Jo Ann's ideal bookshelf includes books that led to travel, computer science textbooks that she authored, a special reference to Sherlock Holmes, and even a book worth $6,500. Her final book led to a musical “Good Night.”

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Closer To Something

BY GARY RICKE
@ VOL 4 ON AUG 11, 2016

Gary Ricke was contemplating reaching 50 years of age when, on his actual birthday, he heard the story of Joshua Prager and his book, 100 Years: Wisdom from Famous Writers on Every Year of Your Life. These observations on the topic of aging changed everything Gary had ever thought about getting older, so, for “Closer to Something,” he decided to pair his life story with some of the universal truths expressed over the centuries.

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The Arcada Theatre with Onesti Entertainment

BY RON ONESTI
@ VOL 4 ON AUG 11, 2016

In 2005, Ron Onesti took over the Arcada Theatre, a 900-seat vaudeville theater in St. Charles, Illinois, that opened 90 years ago, in 1926. He restored the theatre to its original splendor and now uses it to showcase local and national talent in the far western suburbs of Chicago. The Arcada Theatre is now the No. 1 live-music venue in the Midwestern United States with more than 200 shows annually.

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