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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!

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Featured Presentation

With the onset of a ‘Refugee crisis’ in Europe we are confronted with a narrative that has become too emotional and polarised to understand its core message: refugees are people like you and me.

We can hardly imagine how much struggle it must be to leave one's own country and everything that is close to one's heart behind. But it doesn’t take much for us to open our arms and make someone feel welcome, says Aurelia Streit.

She believes that we can change the current narrative towards refugees in Europe by establishing local platforms for intercultural exchange.

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South Sudan: unarmed civilian protection

BY MARNIX DE WITTE
@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Marnix De Witte lived in the most affected areas in South Sudan and worked with Nonviolent Peaceforce, implementing innovative humanitarian efforts on the frontlines in rebel-held areas. Now Marnix wants to share his experiences to bring more awareness of the effective interventions that make a difference and support local structures.

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Search for authenticity

BY CATHY KWANTEN
@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Authenticity is a very important gift, but sadly enough in the process of growing up, most of us loose our true identity, says Cathy Kwanten.

She believes however that this might be the most essential question you’ll ask yourself and will keep asking yourself in this lifetime, although we won’t ever find the answer that’ll give full closure… Because one of the most beautiful gifts of humanity is “perpetual evolution”.

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What can we learn from M-pesa: The global leader in mobile money

BY WANJIKU GITHEGI
@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

How can technology empower people? Wanjiku Githegi believes that financial sector development and financial inclusion can empower individuals. She talks about M-pesa in Kenya, which empowers each Kenyan irrespective of social class, gender or educational background.

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How to capture a multiple story in a photo

BY BRIAN MEGENS
@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

How can the relation that a person has with a book, and a city be captured in a photo? This was the challenge in the photography project that photographer Brian Megens had; creating 20 different portraits of professors, students, staff, and alumni. In his PechaKucha presentation, he tells about the process of including multiple layers of stories in each photo.

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Inconvenient freedom: universities in democratic reversals

BY LUTZ KREBS
@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Lutz Krebs is a strong advocate of academic freedom. As an academic researcher and education professional, he believes that freedom of research and education are essential for the future of any country. He is concerned that recent reversals of academic freedom in a number of European countries mirror events in the past — and suggests that they serve as warnings for the future.

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How I became a refugee

BY HAROON REZAIE
@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

We have all seen the images of migrants arriving in Europe, but have you met one? Haroon Rezaie and his family took the risk and journeyed to the Netherlands. Now he wants to share his experience in order to give people a vision about the life of refugees and why they became a refugee. This could be either that they came by favour or they were compelled by the living circumstances to leave everything behind and start life again in a new place. This is the ultimate story to inspire perseverance and determination in any situation.

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Nuclear Power: The Tihange Debate

BY GISELA GARRIDO
@ VOL 33 ON JUN 24, 2014

People in Maastricht have observed the increase of “Stop Tihange and Doel” yellow posters in the city, but what do we really know about nuclear power? In this presentation, Gisela Garrido discusses the reality of risks, consequences and political factors associated with the Tihange Nuclear Power Plant located in Liege, just across the Belgian border.

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From Siberia to Texas: Uncovering My Family’s Immigration Story One Recipe at a Time

BY MARY KALTENBERG
@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Mary Kaltenberg best introduces her story herself:

"It started during a blizzard storm the first week I arrived back in the United States early 2016. As an activity for my mom and I during this cold snowy day, we gathered recipes and started compiling them into a cohesive cookbook. I asked questions about the origination of the recipe and through each recipe lived a different story. Translating and transcribing developed into a documentation of our family history, rich of funny, suspenseful and adventurous stories. One recipe at a time I uncovered the story of my Jewish, Russian, Polish family - how they became a family, survived in Siberia, were deported and stripped of citizenship and the humor of eventually adapting to American culture."

 
 

About the City's Organizers

  • Sueli Brodin

    Born in Brazil from a Japanese/Brazilian mother and a French father, I grew up in Pakistan, Japan and France. After completing a bachelor's degree in English literature, I won a one-year scholarship to study at Rutgers University, New Jersey. I met my Dutch husband in Israel and we have been living in Maastricht, the Netherlands, since April 1994. We have three children, a cat, three tortoises, six chickens and two aquariums full of fish. I work as an Editor/ Communications Officer at United Nations University-MERIT / Maastricht University and a freelance editor at Maastricht School of Management. I joined the team of PechaKucha Maastricht in December 2009 and greatly enjoy being part of the global PechaKucha community. Watch my video portrait at: http://bit.ly/6CnU8w

  • Nadine Boesten

    Nadine Boesten (21) is a European Studies bachelor student at Maastricht University. In 2011 she started to suffer from epileptic seizures caused by stress. Nadine is determined to spread more knowledge about these kind of seizures throughout the world and will do an internship with the Epilepsy Free Foundation in New York City this summer. She will organise and speak at the second conference organised for people with this condition. She is planning to do a master in European Public Health after her bachelor in the hope to tackle problems she encountered with the current health system on a European policy level.

  • Peggy Thekkaekurikattukunnal

    Peggy is from Maastricht and worked and lived in different places (Namibia, Sudan) doing humanitarian work. Peggy and her husband were the founders of the innovative new economy model Crafts & Co and have now started Jeeva Holistic Life Programmes. Peggy is a life surfer, an organiser and energy creator and a member of the PechaKucha team in Maastricht! www.jeeva.eu

  • Charlotte Mueller

    Charlotte is a passionate traveler & migration-research enthusiast. She has backpacked through many Latin American countries and is now gaining new experiences during work-related field trips in different African countries. She was born in Munich (Germany), but she also lived in Hungary and Ecuador for some time before moving to Maastricht in 2015.

  • Christina Bastianon

    As a U.S. citizen, Christina has spent time studying and living-abroad in Florence, Italy and now Maastricht. Her studies and international mindset has led her to become passionate about migration, sharing cultural traditions and learning from those around her. Christina has recently graduated from her masters program specialized in migration studies and is currently a research intern with United Nations University-MERIT in the migration department. Christina is excited about contributing to the PechaKucha platform for the community to share thoughts, ideas and inspiration.