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Featured Presentation

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Annal Vyas

Law Professor , The University of Akron School of Law in Akron

Furnishing Eternity

PRESENTED ON MAY 05, 2017
IN AKRON @ VOL 7

Pecha Kucha Vol VII presents David Giffels live from Greystone Hall in Akron Ohio

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"Furnishing Eternity"

BY DAVID GIFFELS
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 09, 2018

David Giffels grew up fascinated by his father’s dusty, tool-strewn workshop and the countless creations it inspired. So when he enlisted his eighty-one-year-old dad to help him build his own casket, he thought of it mostly as an opportunity to spend time together. But the unexpected deaths of his mother and, a year later, his best friend, coupled with the dawning realization that his father wouldn’t be around forever for such offbeat adventures—and neither would he—led to a harsh confrontation with mortality and loss.

 

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Your Brand Is Bullsh!t

BY KEVIN SMITH
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 09, 2018

All that glitters is not gold and this is never more true than in a day when online profiles, avatars, and "branding" has taken over how we package ourselves. While the world becomes obsessed with creating "personal brands," Kevin Smith argues that the true worth of a brand is in its dependability, and in order to achieve this, we have to understand our leverage points then double down on who we are. 

 

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Brit Charek

BY BRIT CHAREK
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 09, 2018

Brittany Noble Charek discusses her experience with postpartum anxiety and the need for earnest and transparent conversations around mental health in society. She discusses balancing work, life, and all of her feelings. Brittany also shares about the amazing tribe of women who dealt with similar issues that came out of the woodwork when she begin talking openly, and how that led to a new project, Bechdel Fest, to celebrate and promote representation in film to influence a new generation to be tolerant and kind by celebrating stories of diversity.

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Mentorship, Part 2

BY JAMES HARDY
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 09, 2018

A while ago, James Hardy presented at PKN Akron focusing on the mentors who had left him far too soon.  When PKN Akron asked James to come present those slides again at a special retrospective, he realized that his original slide deck profiled only male mentors. In doing this, James had only revealed a portion of his story, so for PechaKucha Night Akron Vol. 10, James pays tribute to the women who shaped his life, and shares the importance of female leadership in society.  

 

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#iwokeuplikethis

BY ILENIA PEZZANITI
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 09, 2018

Created by Ilenia Pezzaniti, #iwokeuplikethis is a photo series started in 2015 which promotes women's self-esteem. #iwokeuplikethis is about redefining beauty in our own individual terms and owning our definitions. It is about creating peace within the self and teaching our our offspring the same values. It is about inspiring all genders to remove the stereotypical toxic ideas of beauty and the things we do to achieve such heights, and instead see to love our own truths and the truths of others.

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Title: 1968 – The Year that Shattered Akron

BY DAVE LIEBERTH
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 09, 2018

Akron has been having the conversation on race since 1851. Few young people are aware that following the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968, Akron experienced the violence that infected so many American cities – disillusioned young black men rioting, attacking the businesses of white merchants, confronting police. In Akron, a thousand National Guard troops quelled the disturbances after 6 nights of rioting. Black leaders came together to respond. A commission was formed to assess the reasons for the violence. Dave Lieberth offers a thorough overview of the mayhem and discrimination in Akron in 1968. 

 

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John Roszczyk & Joseph Baker

BY JOHN ROSZCZYK
IN AKRON

Joseph Baker has been practicing law for more than 15 years, working on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in many aspects of the law ranging, from products liability claims to broker/dealers securities and business litigation. Though he’s an avid Cubs fan, Joseph and his family have adopted Northeast Ohio as their home. Together with his wife Sharon, Director of Hathaway Brown Middle School in Shaker Heights, Joseph is raising his twin boys, Nolan and Cooper, in Chagrin Falls and is committed to making his community the best it can be.

John Roszczyk has practiced law for more than 10 years and is well-versed in civil litigation and personal injury matters. Drawing on his past experience in the defense of commercial loan, construction defect, premises liability, and legal malpractice cases, John has dedicated himself to fighting for injured and victimized Ohioans. John is a family man who, along with his wife Heather, Marketing Director for the Akron Symphony Orchestra, is raising his son Henry and daughter Juniper with the same values that his father and grandfather instilled. They spend their time together hiking, reading, and traveling as much as possible.

Baker & Roszczyk will be presenting on the topic of social media.

Everyone uses social media. 8-year olds, grandparents (did you know the fastest-growing demographic on Twitter is senior citizens?), everyone. But also your boss, your boyfriend, your next-door neighbor. Baker & Rosczcyk will explain what you can and can't do on social media. At least, if you want to keep your job, have a happy relationship, and not piss off your neighbor. A couple of years ago, an Akron public school teacher lost her job because she posted some pretty ignorant things on social media. Don't be ignorant. Listen to the presentation. Keep your ignorance away from the rest of us

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Kofi Boakye - Pianist

BY KOFI BOAKYE
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 06, 2016

Kofi Boakye shares on his passion for the piano. Boakye is a 16 year old pianist born in Akron, Ohio. Kofi has gathered musical experience from myriad venues across the United States, having performed in the Gospel Music Workshop of America as the organist for the National Children’s and National Men’s Choirs, as well as performing for the Ohio-Pennsylvania District Mega Assembly. Locally, Kofi regularly serves as musical director for church choirs, praise teams, and is often recruited to oversee the music production for stage plays. Although many of his experiences stem from within the U.S., Kofi has had the opportunity to refine his talents on the world stage, touring Germany and Prague with the Miller South Show Choir.
While music remains at the core of who Kofi is, he’s far from one dimensional.

In 2014, President Barack Obama and The White House awarded Kofi with the “President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence” and he earned it while balancing school and his blossoming music career.

 

AKRON Blog

TomTod Ideas

"Middle schoolers are not just our future. They have the ability to investigate real change, starting now."
In TomTod Ideas from PechaKucha Night Akron Vol.3, Joel Daniel Harris shares on TomTod Ideas which gives middle schoolers a serious avenue to explore creativity. Harris is the founder and Executive Dreamer of TomTod Ideas, an innovation incubator for middle school students, centered on launching students’ dreams for the common good. Rarely does anyone expect much of anything from a middle schooler. The fact is, though, that early adolescence, that liminal space in which middle schoolers reside, is a place of beauty, opportunity and imagination. Get ready to re-consider what we think "kids" are capable of.

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