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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!

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A Way To Make Mardi Gras More Green: Making Biodegradable Mardi Gras Beads From Microalgae

@ VOL 8 ON APR 06, 2018

"We have great resources to make our Mardi Gras celebrations more sustainable. Microalgae can produce both bioplastic and nutraceutical ingredients very efficiently. Louisiana is one of the best places to cultivate microalgae in the U.S. mainland. We can grow microalgae, then preserve local culture and human health."

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Earth's Climate Is Changing - Even in Louisiana

@ VOL 8 ON APR 06, 2018

In her role at Center for Planning Excellence, Camille Manning-Broome leads a team of planners, scientists, and designers in resiliency and adaptation planning efforts that provide Louisiana communities with collective visioning for the future, long-term plans, policy resources and toolkits, and guidance on implementation and funding options. Camille has developed publications including the Louisiana Land Use Toolkit, Coastal Best Practices Manual and Toolkit, and The View From the Coast, and has worked on local Comprehensive Plans in over 20 communities.

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A Badass From Baton Rouge

@ VOL 8 ON APR 06, 2018

"The fight isn’t new. The problems have been here for a long, long time with countless people working to combat them. But for some reason - from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter; The Women’s March to The March for Our Lives - the last ten years have seen a groundswell of activism and protest. That’s just as true for contemporary art. In those same ten years, Ai Weiwei, Kehinde Wiley, and Shepard Fairey have become almost rockstars by calling out injustices and power i...mbalances with their art. Meanwhile, one such artist, who was born right here in Baton Rouge, is largely anonymous. He’s an unknown even in his hometown despite taking on the federal government (including a face-to-face confrontation with a former Attorney General), Coca-Cola, and Wal-Mart, being named a TED Fellow, and seeing his work added to the collection at MoMA, all before turning 40. And I can’t wait to introduce you."

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Aversion to Experience: (Un)making Sense of Race and Racism

@ VOL 8 ON APR 06, 2018

"I am a white author, educator, and activist who has spent the majority of my adult life trying to make sense of race and racism in the United States. But what does it mean to ‘make sense’ of something that is fundamentally attached to people’s lived experiences, and has very real life and death consequences? Drawing on my current research regarding 20th century debates about anti-racist protest fiction, I’ll spend my time with the PechaKucha Baton Rouge audience reflecting o...n the ways our attempts to ‘make sense’ of difference can lead us down harmful paths and prevent us from recognizing and valuing the complexities that surround us.”

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Power Up: Realizing Your Social Capital

@ VOL 8 ON APR 06, 2018

"As individuals, we often get caught up in the scramble of daily living, assuming that future accomplishments are the only keys to our social success. However, many of us currently sit on goldmines of unrealized social capital. I'm excited to share a few personal findings that will empower you to identify, harness, and utilize social capital to help advance your network and your personal goals."

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A Brief History of Human Intoxication and the War on People (of Color) Who Use Drugs

@ VOL 8 ON APR 06, 2018

"Human beings have consumed mind and mood-altering substances since the advent of our species, using drugs for medicine, magic, and recreation. From pre-historical fermentation to the modern racist war on drugs, we will explore the human experience through the lens of drug use and changing social attitudes."

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Obscene and Indecent Materials: The Health Benefits of Reading and Defending Banned Books

@ VOL 8 ON APR 06, 2018

Zac Thriffiley has made an only slightly lucrative career out of reading the books that others have told him not to read. Born and raised in New Orleans, his aunt was shocked to find him reading Moby-Dick in the middle of Barnes and Noble at the impressionable age of five, and she promptly replaced it with the more age-appropriate title, Green Eggs and Ham. When he was nine years old, his father scolded him for saying the word “bastard” out loud while reading A Separate Peace, and his mother nearly fainted when he brought a copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover into their home (his grandmother had nearly gotten expelled for reading the same book at school fifty years earlier). Such books taught him dangerous lessons, such as how to swear effectively, overthrow dystopian totalitarian governments, and treat everyone with kindness and respect.

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I'm Not Special

@ VOL 8 ON APR 06, 2018

In the words of Faith Pinnock, "Mostly I’m not that great." And while anyone who knows Faith would beg to differ, she'll spend her 400 seconds with the PechaKucha audience explaining what, exactly, she means - and why it's not as bad as it sounds.



Bloom Where You're Planted

"Once you become more comfortable (with) making music, you find making music with other people to be a powerful experience."
"Bloom Where You're Planted" from PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. 3, Ex- Baton Rouge Symphony member Dave Hinson talks about the foundation of the Adult Music Club in Baton Rouge and how his life has inspired him to help ordinary people find ways in which they can express themselves creatively.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Anna Schwab

    Anna Schwab, M.B.A. works as a free-lance professional dancer in modern and contemporary dance-theatre, has taught and choreographed at studios across Baton Rouge, and teaches dance to elementary school students in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Anna holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, and a B.A. in Creative Writing. She loves to uphold the Louisiana tradition of bringing people together over food and drink to share their stories, and sees PechaKucha Night as a beautiful opportunity to do that in a new and creative way. Most importantly, Anna is the mother of 9-year-old daughter, Quinn, who also loves to dance, make art, and share stories of her own.

  • Mina Estrada

    Mina Estrada is a ruminator of dance, among other things, and attempts to commit a substantial amount of time to teaching, creating, and facilitating some kind of dance experience for herself and those who care to join. She received her MFA in Dance at Temple University, and her choreography and workshops, which are rooted in contemporary movement concepts and improvisation, have been commissioned by several college, high school and studio dance programs, and professional companies including Spelman College, Grand Valley State University, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. Mina has served as faculty for the dance programs at Temple University, Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University, and Drexel University. She is often producing concerts in collaboration with other artists, and contributing dance works in festivals around the country. While in Philadelphia, she performed in the Live Arts Festival and Collage Festival, received the New Edge Residency at the CEC, worked with notable artists IdiosynCrazy Productions, Silvana Cardell, Shavon Norris, and Leah Stein Dance Company. Mina currently resides in Louisiana, where she is the Director of Artist Resources at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. She has also served as dance faculty at Louisiana State University, and conjured fantastical dance dreams with CoCo Loupe and their group CKA: currently known as. She is always in hot pursuit of great storytellers, generous muses, equilibrium, and more time to pet her cats, smile at her husband, and hang out with Mother Nature.