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Copy Copy, Cat Cat

BY IAN EVERARD
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Ian Everard is a copycat. He paints photorealistic copies of photos. In effect, he uses painting to hold up a mirror to the photograph. Listen to his poetry sequence as he shows the relationship between original and copied works.

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Ordinary Parents

BY JACOB MARTINEZ
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Jacob Martinez is a resident of Watsonville, community organizer, and a social entrepreneur. He designs and manages programs to increase the skills and confidence of Latinos/as to pursue careers in technology, increase parent engagement, community and coalition building. In this talk, Jacob talks about the inspiration behind his work and joy of being a father to his adopted children. 

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Peace in the Sand

BY PAUL HOUSE
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Moved by the ongoing wars, conflicts, and natural disasters that our world has faced, Paul House demonstrates his use of peace signs in the sand to symbolize a different method to show discontent with society. Listen as he describes his sand artwork as a means to encourage people to use peace and love as solutions to the world's issues. 

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Wilderness Survival in 45,688 Easy Steps

BY SVEN DAVIS
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

A regular contributor to the Planet Cruz Comedy Hour and humor columnist with the Santa Cruz Good Times, Sven Davis has also nurtured a long and non-lucrative career in arts management. His long-running one-man show “my life” is notable for having a one-man audience. In his talk, prepare to be humored by Sven Davis's backpacking advice from his past experiences. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 22, 2014.

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Bits of Elsewhere

BY ROB IRION
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Rob Irion directs the Science Communication Program at UCSC. He's been a science journalist for more than 25 years, focusing on astronomy, cosmology, physics, and earth sciences. His most recent stories have appeared in National Geographic, Science, Smithsonian, and Scientific American. In his talk, listen as he describes how he came to have a passion and obession for space. 

"Presentation of the Day" on April 9, 2014.

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Basketball: Love, Life and Knee Braces

BY BARBARA MCKENNA
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Barbara McKenna is a writer, communicator, and photographer. A few years ago she accepted the fact that she will never dunk a basketball. Having faced that reality she took to shooting from the sidelines and having strong opinions about the game. She's been watching, playing, arguing about, and documenting basketball for more than a decade and still thinks it's the most incredible phenomenon on the planet. 

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Collaboration, Invention, Music

BY TIM PHILLIPS
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Tim Phillips is a sound artist, musician and inventor whose work aims at making people curious about sounds and rhythms while using participation and collaboration to encourage interdisciplinary and unexpected outcomes.  

"Presentation of the Day" on May 3, 2014.

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The Poetry of Marriage

BY LAUREN SHAPIRO
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Lauren Shapiro is an artist and academic whose primary interest is in how art effects individual, interpersonal, and social change. Applying literary theory to the study of lifespan development, she explores how metaphors spoken between lovers predict the course of romantic relationships. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 12, 2014.

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Sex & Violence in the San Lorenzo River

BY BRENDAN BANE
@ VOL 6 ON DEC 11, 2013

The San Lorenzo River harbors beautiful flora and majestic fauna. But it's also a battlefield, plagued with evolutionary arms races, cunning deception, and bird-on-bird violence. Watch as Brendan Bane discusses the science behind amphibious orgies, neurotoxin-resistant garter snakes, and the morbid parenting techniques of North American waterbirds. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 3, 2014.

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My Lunch with Marvin

BY PETER CHESTER
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 13, 2013

Peter Chester speaks of his lunch outings with this father Marvin, in which the two of them speak on intellectual topics such as the illusion of free will, human psychology, as well as the fast and slow thinking mind. All the while, we're treated to beautiful, abstract visuals composed by Peter's mother, Elfi. More of her work can be found on her website.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 9, 2014.

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One Thing Leads To Another

BY MARK PRIMACK
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 08, 2013

In his presentation, Mark Primack introduces a proposal to grow a living dome in Santa Cruz as a response to Global warming, inspired by the world famous Tree Circus.