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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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“The Road to Seeing”

BY CHARLOTTE GINTERT
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 03, 2017

On how a relocation to Luxembourg and then Germany for Charlotte's husband's career taught her not only to see with a photographer's eye, but to see her hometown of Akron from a new perspective after moving back almost 6 years later.

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Ohio Craft Beer

BY RICK ARMON
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 03, 2017

Rick talks about an overview of the Ohio craft beer industry and why he writes about it.

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The Story of Tilly: Still Turning Heads After All These Years

BY LYNNE POULTON
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 03, 2017

As a Professional Organizer the people Lynne meet and the stories she hears are fascinating. The story of Tilly is just one of the humorous and heartwarming stories that Lynne share in this PK. The art of asking someone to tell you about an item can open up peculiar discoveries…just you wait!

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My name is Lisa Givan and I AM A DIVERSITY TRAINER

BY ANNAL VYAS
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 03, 2017

At 40, something I realized that a series of brief "diversity immersion experiences" defined not only what I do but who I am. Encounters since childhood that have been centered around self-awareness, difference, bias, value and mindset determine the narrative we create surrounding every aspect of our life. I share my journey and expound on how it led me to my current career. My name is Lisa and I AM A DIVERSITY TRAINER.

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“The 99 Times My Heart Stopped”.

BY HEATHER POLLOCK BURNS
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 03, 2017

It was a talk designed to remind folks to take each other to heart -versus for granted- by recognizing what our stories tell others about ourselves, and how they connect us, even when all else fails.

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1980

BY GREG MILO
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 03, 2017

During the presentation, Greg explain that year through the lens of a seven-year old (his age at the time) and how he came to understand the world in much more complicated terms, rather than black and white, good and bad, right and wrong. Many events that shaped Greg into the person he is today occurred during this year, including Darth Vader's defeat of the rebels, the constant appearing of the Ayatollah Khomeini on my television, JR Ewing's getting shot by someone, the death of John Lennon, and the death of my uncle, which his father was later found to be responsible for.

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