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Rapper & Poet

BY RASHEED JAMAL
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Central Arkansas native Rasheed Jamal follows up with his new project, SANKOFA. A title that signifies learning from past mistakes and never forgetting where you come from. The anticipated project precedes the release of 22 Grams. An "extremely personal project that may never see the light of day" he explains. Good for him he has much to write about.   

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The Global 15%'s

BY LOGAN SULLIVAN
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Once basic survival needs are met, an enriched wellness of all living beings can follow. This is the world we most desire to see. But half the human population still lives on less than $4 per day, and the bottom 15% subsists on $500 per year. If you're above the poverty line in America, you're among that other 15%, the wealthiest in the world by birth lottery. So, to create the world we desire most, shouldn't we first aspire to meet the basic needs of those most circumstancial trapped, and to do so as effectively as we can?  will explore those issues with you in this presentation.

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Food, Love, and Future

BY DAYNA MCERLEAN
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Dayna McErlean has a unique voice within Portland’s vibrant food metropolis. As a founding member of Portland’s coveted restaurant community, McErlean is owner of eternally popular — fine dining, artfully hip and casual food spots DOC, Nonna Tavern and Yakuza. All distinct cinematic spaces known for amazing food. As a “non chef” owner with an extensive background in fine art, McErlean’s focus is on creating cinematic spaces that make patrons feel as though they are being transported to a distant time and place. It is no small feat that she has been able to do this working with some of Portland’s most innovative chefs cultivating some of the city’s most coveted yet accessible food.

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The Zoo Inside You

BY MONICA METZ
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Modern life is often a war between needs and desires. We know we should make a healthy dinner. But we order take-out anyway. We calendar in a workout, but skip it when someone invites us to happy hour. But what if it didn’t always come down to needs vs. desires? What if we somehow got ourselves to a place where they became nearly the same thing? Monica Metz will discuss the mysterious microbiome within you, and why what you do and eat today will affect what you crave tomorrow.

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Sex: Wants, Needs, and Desires

BY AMORY JANE
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Sex Educator, Amory Jane, will be talking about needs versus desires as they relate to sex and intimacy. She'll discuss libido, different styles of desire (e.g. spontaneous and responsive), and whether or not there is really a sex drive (and if sex can be considered a need). This presentation goes beyond the classic research, and includes the most up to date science on human sexuality, along with fascinating info from Emily Nagoski's best-selling book Come As You Are.

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Precision and Perfectionism

BY ALEXANDRA BECKER-BLACK
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

As a visual Artist, precision and perfectionism has always played a dominant role in Alexandra Becker-Black's work and have also surfaced in nearly every aspect of her day-to-day life. Once she discovered her passion for watercolors, she realized the need for complete control over something was not serving her. She will be discussing her needs to control reality along with her desire to be free from the confines of perfectionism.

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Musical Performance

BY MAY ARDEN
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Classically trained opera singer and music historian, May Arden joins us for a special PechaKucha live performance.

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Nature, A Necessity for Healing

BY LINDSEY FREYSINGER
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Lindsey Freysinger will share her experience with the healing nature of being outdoors after becoming disabled. She will be exploring the necessity of being in nature for ALL humans, especially those with illness and/or disability.

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Writing Around

BY ALLISON SPECTER
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Allison Specter was once described by a stranger as a spiritual-yoga-Janet Jackson. Along with her team at Write Around Portland she helps to facilitate creative writing experiences for more than 500 people each year, expanding access to writing and publishing for some of our communities most underrepresented voices. She is a badass lesbian doing what she can to make small waves in the world; and always, learning as she goes.

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Happy for Paying the Bills

BY RODRIGO BAENA
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Join the Brazilian Happiness Coach and founder of the Portland Happiness Center, Rodrigo Baena, as he shares an inspiring quick talk on the happiness of doing things you think you have to.

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Food, Humans & The Written Word

BY EMILY CRUMPACKER
@ VOL 21 ON DEC 06, 2016

Emily Crumpacker is a connector, a business evangelist, reader, writer and storyteller who lives somewhere between optimism and bliss. Curiosity and adventure drive her and she never forgets a face! It is food, however, that has propelled her into work and a life so full it is hard to comprehend — her years in France as a chef’s assistant in a French culinary school, cooking along side Simone Beck and Julia Child -writing a couple of books, being a spokesperson, working as private chef for Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese and a stint selling Christmas trees—along with many other experiences—have all shaped her inquisitive enthusiasm and pure zest for life.

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The Idea of the Book

BY FREDRIK AVERIN
@ VOL 21 ON DEC 06, 2016

Fredrik Averin explains the concepts, narratives, aesthetics, language, and obessions which question the format and purpose of the book.

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