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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!


Featured Presentation

South Bend native, Corrie Wolosin has just returned to the Midwest after more than two decades living in Northern New England on the Vermont/NH border. She is speaking about one of her many passions – roller derby! Her derby name is Apple, derived from her previous career in the Hard Cider industry.


Lessons Shakespeare Taught Me

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

"My love affair with William Shakespeare began early. I was born in 1961. He was born in 1564. It was a May-December relationship."  

Kate Heckner Ulrey started life wanting to be Juliet, realized at one point that she had grown closer to Lady Macbeth’s age and now hopes to play Hamlet’s mother. She started teaching Shakespeare to children other than her own when her five daughters (Tess, Nora, Claire, Jane, Gwen) were young. What began as a one-time summer week of Shakespeare in 2001 shared with 6 other homeschoolers became The Backyard Shakespearean Players, a camp of 30 children aged 7 to 18, performing on a stage in a production that included dancing, stage combat, singing and dedicated adults and graduates of the program. We performed over 12 plays during that time.  In 2011, with the youngest two girls in high school, Kate went back to teaching English and directing Shakespeare at the high school level. Currently retired, Kate and her husband Joe, are fixing up a house in St. Joe.


Touch & GO

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Andrea Oleniczak talks about her role as the Fab Lab Manager in this PK titled Touch & GO.

Born & raised in Grand Rapids, MI, Andrea has a BFA in Glass from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. She is currently the Fab Lab Manager @ the LMC Fab Lab. She’s previously held all sorts of positions including Production Glassblower, Studio Technician, Design Consultant, Facilities Coordinator, Product Designer and Teacher. Her addictions? Coffee and podcasts. Her daydreams? To see local manufacturing that incorporates historical craft and reintroduces apprenticeship models.



The Power Of Value

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Lionel Kanyowa, a native of Zimbabwe, wonders "when you look at something of value you're asking yourself, what benefit does it bring to me?" in his PK The Power Of Value.  

Lionel was born in Zimbabwe located at the southern part of Africa with amazing people and great food. He moved to the UK with his family when he was 10 years old where he completed both elementary school and high school and recently moved to America in 2014 to expand his horizon.

He is a full time student at Lake Michigan College studying Computer Science. 


British Court System

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

In this PK, John Smietanka talks about the British Court System. John is a former federal and county prosecutor currently in a private trial practice. "The Knights Templar built this when they were running big, they were the biggest military and commercial banking force in the world at the time..."


India: An Incredible Heritage

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Meeta Kedia discusses why India is an Incredible Heritage in this PK talk that covers topics of family, arranged marriage and Indian customs. "There is never a concept of a babysitter or day care. Since many people stay under the same roof, you have somebody or the other to take care of your child and there is NEVER a day you don't get a home cooked food."

Meeta is a guest artist at the Krasl Art Center and also works as a substitute teacher in Edustaff. She is a committee member and  Treasurer at Southwest Michigan India Association, a non-profit organisation based in Saint Joseph, Michigan. She is also the founder and Director at MA Universal Corp Inc,USA, a consultancy organisation.

Meeta holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration & Commerce, an Associate Member  of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India(ICSI), a professional degree related to company law matters. Having interest in gems and stones, she also has a certified from The Gemological Institute of America(GIA).


What a Bike Can Teach You

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Mack Black from Cycle-Re-Cycle - L'earn a bike: What a bike can teach you

Mack Black is an UX designer, living, working, and biking in Southwest Michigan. She moved to Berrien Berrien Springs in 2016 on a YOLO whim from Washington DC, with a strong desire for living in a place larger than a postage stamp and chicken ownership.

She is a new volunteer at CycleReCycle, a Benton Harbor Non-Profit dedicated to keeping bicycles out of landfills and advocating for bicycling as a preferred mode of transportation. Through their L'Earn A Bike program they teach area youth the art of bicycle maintenance, and Mack continues to be amazed at how much a bike can teach you.



Creating Paradise

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

"Maybe the paradise that I thought I was trying to create is in the act of creating..."

In "Creating Paradise" from PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 9, Kim Jenuwine shares her 20-year long journey to create a little slice of heaven in her own backyard. Kim's personal vision of paradise has shifted and changed shape along the way so her enchanting abode is in constant reconstruction. From bowling balls to flowers, Kim never stops redesigning her paradise.

Kim is a Color Engineer for Whirlpool Corp, an artist, and has an obvious obsession of gardening. 


Live the Life You Love

@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

Effy Zheng shares about life and inspiration in this presenation - Live the Life You Love



Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist


“He called the restaurant Gulistan which means ‘the land of roses’. To the restaurant came the people. First one, then two, then a bunch.”

In Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist from PechaKucha Night Saint Joseph’s 4th volume, Presenter Ashley Reichert tells the story of a man from Kurdistan, Ibrahim Paralak, and his journey to a small town in Michigan. He is in search of freedom - a place where people are free to speak their minds, free from oppression, and free persecution. All he wants is to make a peaceful place for his family, his restaurant, and a place to grow his roses.
All is going well, until one day he is just gone. Soon, many people ask where he has gone, and learn he has been jailed with the fear of being deported. Ashley goes on to tell us how he is released from jail and goes back to family, his restaurant, and his roses. All seems well again, but there's a twist.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Christopher Gregory

    I am very happy to be co-creating the world of PechaKucha in Saint Joseph / Benton Harbor. I practice industrial design professionally, and I explore the community creativity, placemaking, and fine arts here in Southwest Michigan. The most fascinating part of PechaKucha for me is the chance to hear amazing stories that are otherwise internalized, overlooked, or unheard. If you are reading this I believe you have a story to share.

  • Nathan Bilancio

    By day, I'm a user experience designer who crafts how we interact with the home appliances of tomorrow at Whirlpool. In my free time, I love enjoying time outdoors and traveling to see what the world has to offer!

  • Lana Rappette

    I'm a BIG PechaKucha fan! I don't meet new people, I meet potential PechaKucha presenters. I don't listen to my friend's conversations, I draft their PechaKucha titles in my head. I believe everyone should tell their stories.. over.. and over.. again. I'm an assistant at Whirlpool Corporation, the Communications Lead for the Whirlpool Creatives Association and a volunteer for local art events.

  • Bill LaDitka

    Architect, Urban Designer, Place Designer, Strategist, Creative Visionary

  • Nathan Margoni

    Nathan Margoni is an artist/illustrator/educator living and working in Benton Harbor, MI. He has worked as the Manager of Education and Interpretation at the Krasl Art Center since 2014.

  • Meg Clayton

    At Whirlpool, I create user-centered interface designs by day, and PechaKucha graphics by night. I love all things that bring people together in our community, and I believe that everyone has a story to tell!

  • Mark Strauss

    Mark Strauss is a national Communications Training and Branding professional who has worked with brands like Disney, Motorola, and the NFL. He is also a screenwriter with a passion for storytelling that informs every creative and professional endeavor.

  • Jorden Parker

    Life long SJ/BH Resident, I love this community and continue to find ways to engage my workplace with the activities I enjoy and the places they happen. By day I am architect at Wightman & Associates, by all the time I am a father to three daughters and a husband to someone else's.