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We haven’t scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there’s one you can attend!


The Knoxville Foraging Meetup

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The Knoxville Foraging Meetup was started in 2015 and is an educational opportunity for people wanting to get hands on learning experience identifying and using wild plants. Danna Sharp talks about the beginnings and growth of the group. They frequently partner with the East Tennessee Permaculture Research Institute to hold events in the area. The group promotes using the natural abundance of resources that grow around us and are easily within reach. The Knoxville Foraging Meetup is a family friendly group and has a great time having fun outdoors together!


How the American South Transformed the World

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The American South – and particularly our corner of it in East Tennessee – is commonly imagined as insular, isolated, and disconnected from the larger world. In fact, this is far from true. In this presentation, Tore Olsson demonstrate how twentieth-century efforts to overcome poverty in the region – particularly through the Tennessee Valley Authority – came to serve as a model for accomplishing similar goals in places as far-flung as Mexico, India, and Afghanistan. East Tennessee, it turns out, has a global footprint far greater than you may expect! 


The Online Dating Game: Over 40 Edition

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Curious about the online dating world? Wondering if you’re too old for this crap? Jacene Phillips shares some tips and tricks about online dating for those over (and under) 40 from someone who was divorced, with a kid, over 40 and has lived to tell the tale. It is a cornucopia of lessons learned, just in time for Thanksgiving.


Play in Public Spaces

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The Cattywampus Puppet Council, which is a Knoxville based nonprofit seeking to build community and promote play for all ages through the puppetry arts. This spring, Cattywampus will organize and facilitate the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Knoxville’s first community puppet parade. This project will invite members of the community of all ages and backgrounds to come together and create puppets, masks, and costumes rooted in local ecology and stories of “place.” As an act of public play and storytelling, this parade will celebrate the culture of love, creativity, and mutual dependence we wish to create in Southern Appalachia.  


KnowHow / Youth Programs at the Intersection of Creativity and Critical Thinking

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Elizabeth Wright presents "KnowHow" a local community organization that builds youth leadership and community engagement through the arts. KnowHow youth work at the intersection of creativity and critical thinking to engage with their communities, develop solutions to issues that affect their lives, and build vital life skills. Tonight, KnowHow adult allies  will share the inspiration and design behind this work, information about their many programs, and their dreams for the future of their organization and our city. 


Respect the Process

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

In this presentation Chef Jesse Newmister, owner of Kaizen in Knoxville, discusses his past experiences, the path to opening his own restaurant, and how he develops a dish.


Big Ears – Listening and Changing the Conversation

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The Big Ears Festival has become one of the most anticipated cultural gatherings in the world.  Bringing thousands of visitors to town, Big Ears not only hosts many of the world’s leading artists, but showcases Knoxville’s symphony, jazz orchestra, local music scene, poets, theaters, clubs, churches, museums, galleries, restaurants, shops…the texture and character of the city. It brings the world to Knoxville and it showcases Knoxville to the world. In this presentation Ashley Capps discusses how Big Ears is changing the conversation about Knoxville - how the world sees the city as well as how Knoxvillians see themselves and their possibilities as a community.


Lyrics, Letters, and the Forgotten Lives of Ben Irving

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Ben Irving (born Irving Hurwitz in Hartford, CT in 1901) hit the road as a salesman when the Great Depression cut short his promising musical career. Throughout the 1920s, he led several musical combos and toured the Northeastern Vaudeville circuit. Throughout the Depression, he travelled all 48 states, 3 Canadian Provinces, and 3 Mexican states in search of income to send home to his family. Though he would eventually resume his entertainment career upon retirement, he unwittingly left a legacy in postcards he sent from the road. Here, his great-grandson Tyler Sonnichsen unlocks the visual counter-narrative of America as Irving saw it.



My Intangible Collection

"They are permanent records of somebody's big mistake."
In My Intangible Collection at PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 20Holly Briggs shares how her keen interest in other's unfortunate mishaps on the road have led her to pursue a hobby of photographing these colorful mistakes. 

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About the City's Organizers

  • Dianna Osickey

    Dianna graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Architecture. She is a licensed architect with a specialty in lighting design. Her desire to combine the design process with a high level of craftsmanship have merged to create Fourth Year Studio - a custom design and letterpress company in Knoxville, TN. You can find her combing through antique stores for wooden type or inking up the press in her spare time.

  • Lorie Matthews

    A lover of all things creative, especially her designer husband, Lorie is currently pursing a Master's Degree in Conflict Management. She enjoys finding creative ways to bring people together to create collaborative outcomes. Lorie is happy to be part of the team that connects creatives in Knoxville through PechaKucha Night!

  • Ashley Pace

    Ashley is a Registered Architect in the State of Tennessee. She currently works at Sanders Pace Architecture as an architect and in business development. Ashley received her Master of Industrial Design graduate degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee where she was valedictorian of her School of Architecture class. With degrees in both architecture and industrial design, Ashley's work covers a broad range of design including furniture, product, interiors, and architecture. Ashley teaches at The University of Tennessee as an Adjunct Studio Professor. She spends most of her free-time wrangling her three beautiful and crazy kids.

  • Matthew Jordan

    Matt is an architect who received his B.Arch in 2005. When not virtually modeling buildings, manipulating pixels, and altering vectors, Matt enjoys meticulously organizing his son's LEGO collection.

  • Carolyn Boetger

    I'm a stay at home mom who has found her passion in the research of nutrition/whole foods/herbs/oils and autoimmune diseases. On the side I am interested in the arts, travel, being outdoors, and music. I am currently trying to teach myself how to play the violin...very slowly.