Past Batavia Event: VOL 2


Curiosity without Limits: Play, Art and a T. rex Named Sue

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 29, 2016

"The choice isn't about science and are, it's about living and not living."

In "Curiosity without Limits: Play, Art and a T. rex Named Sue" from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol. 2, Álvaro Amat works at the Field Museum of Natural History, where Sue, the world-famous Tyrannosaurus rex, is the star of a collection of some 30 million objects. His experience collaborating with the Field Museum’s scientists in the creation of exhibitions that inspire curiosity led him to combine art and science in spontaneous explorations and experiments with his son, Nicolas. As an artist, educator, and parent, Álvaro attempts to create an in-between space of curiosity and wonder to break the barriers between reason and imagination for the integral formation of a more complete, creative, and happy individual.


Nature Is My Country Club: Wilderness of Light

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 29, 2016

While working on the foundations of his book, Nature Is My Country Club,Christopher Cudworth wanted to find a common denominator or symbol of wilderness that all people could access. He also wanted to give people a practical tool for accessing nature wherever they find themselves. As a writer and artist, naturalist and photographer, he arrived at the conclusion that light itself constitutes an untamed element. It is at once infinite and chaotic, untrammeled and vibrant. In other words, light reveals and releases within us feelings of both connection and freedom. And as light is found everywhere, and on all things, it serves as a method to get back in touch with the natural world, even if one is nowhere near what is traditionally called “wilderness.”


Creation As A Way Of Life

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 29, 2016

Pastor and teacher Yvette Eber noticed that people underestimate the importance of their everyday tasks and actions to change the world. People seek creativity in other people’s adventures and do not realize that, as creations of God, creativity is within their power inside their existence, every day. Creation is not a cosmic event, but a way of life.


The Genius of Hamilton: An American Musical

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 29, 2016

English professor Sara Elliott draws on her lifelong love of words, history, and Broadway musicals to develop a celebration of current Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton: An American Musical. She explores the genius of lyricist, composer, and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, by highlighting the political implications and poetic intricacy of the play.


Things I Learned in a Barber Shop

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 29, 2016

Joe Foltos was a full-time barber and a part-time policeman in Batavia, Illinois. As his son, Craig Foltos, was growing up, the lessons learned in his father’s shop set the foundation for the man Craig is today. In his presentation, he describes some of the things he learned while operating Foltos’ Tonsorial Parlor for over 40 years.


Jumpin' Joe!

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 29, 2016

Francis Joseph Gagnepain IV—simply Joe to the world at large, the “Joe” in Art by Joseph—is a full-time, freelance artist since his years at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. A prodigy of sorts, Joe was doing life drawing as early as junior high school in St. Charles, Illinois. He loves painting. Joe’s fine art and commercial work appears in homes and businesses throughout the area. Residents and visitors are apt to encounter his public art, including murals and unleashed bulldogs—and, of course, his awesome truck—where they least expect it. Joe loves sculpture, as well, which he creates from bicycle parts, wood, found objects, ice, and snow.


Psst... I Have a Secret!

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 29, 2016

Sue Lusted, workshop supervisor at Valley Sheltered Workshop, is committed to telling the world about the services the Workshop provides to the community and, more importantly, the positive affect it has on the employees with disabilities who work there.


Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 29, 2016

Dan Van Haften describes the stunning discovery of Abraham Lincoln’s system for persuasive writing. His book, Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason, demonstrates Lincoln’s use of the six elements of a proposition; his presentation compellingly illustrates Lincoln’s system with the Gettysburg Address and the Springfield Farewell Address.


Brats: We Served Too!

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 29, 2016

For the first 15 years of his life, Steve Warrenfeltz lived wherever the United States Army decided he should live. He’s an “Army brat.” During those 15 years, Steve attended no fewer than 13 schools and lived in Austria, Germany, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Minnesota, and Arizona (two tours of duty). He made hundreds, probably thousands, of friends; he knows none of them today. Steve believes that the children of U.S. military personnel served, too, and should be recognized for their service.

Álvaro Amat
Artist, designer and educator, The Field Museum in Chicago (Illinois)
Christopher Cudworth
Writer and Artist, 3C Creative Marketing in Batavia (Illinois)
Craig Foltos
in Batavia (Illinois)
Sara Elliott
English Professor, Aurora University in Aurora (Illinois)
Francis Joseph Gagnepain IV
in Batavia (Illinois)
Sue Lusted
Supervisor, Valley Sheltered Workshop in Batavia (Illinois)
Dan Van Haften
Author in Batavia (Illinois)
Steve Warrenfeltz
Record Store Owner/Operator, Kiss The Sky in Batavia
Yvette Eber
Pastor, Congregational Church of Batavia in Batavia