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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

@ VOL 9 ON JUL 27, 2018

Hallmark Christmas movies might just be one of the most underrated, underappreciated film genres around, according to Joshua Grimm.  And he's finally going to give those films the attention that they deserve.

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Rube Goldberg and Me

@ VOL 9 ON JUL 27, 2018

Playing by the rules and sticking to the shortest route between points A and B was how Melanie Bennett intended to win the game of Life. Turns out 'winning' has a different definition and the route is more convoluted.

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Creating Killer Food Photography

@ VOL 9 ON JUL 27, 2018

In his fifteen years as a professional photographer, Collin Richie has learned many things through trial and (mostly) error, experience, and constant hard work to improve. Now he wants to share some technical tips to upgrade your photography for your social accounts, and perfect for your personal brand. At worst, just better pictures of pho to make people jealous.

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Go ________ Yourself

@ VOL 9 ON JUL 27, 2018

As the Founder & Creative Director of Louisiana's first queer arts & culture magazine, Charles Champagne shares his experimental and totally do-it-yourself brand-awareness campaign that is helping educate his local community about LEUR Magazine and its goals for a more queer Baton Rouge.

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The Obi Project: Lessons about being an artist I learned from my dog

@ VOL 9 ON JUL 27, 2018

Over their 6 year relationship, Tara Houston and her dog have taught each other quite a bit. He knows how to sit, shake, and say 'Hi,' and she knows how to avoid some pitfalls that plagued her prior to her dog-induced lifestyle changes. She's helped him become a snuggly loving dog and he’s helped make her a better artist and educator.

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Not-So-Smart Phones: Information Loss in the Mobile Era

@ VOL 9 ON JUL 27, 2018

According to author, researcher, and professor of Mass Communications and Political Science, Kathleen Searles - if you’re reading this on your phone, it’s already too late.

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Kanye West: Recall, Revoke, Remix, and Requiem (ed)

@ VOL 9 ON JUL 27, 2018

Kina Reed met this guy when she was 20 years old. The first time she heard Kanye on a track he answered questions she didn’t even realize she was asking at the time. Losing him means something. And Kina believes it probably signifies a lot of things that need to be explored.

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The Untold Story of Novels in Disguise

@ VOL 9 ON JUL 27, 2018

What do auction catalogs, textbooks, how-to manuals, dictionaries, and recommendation letters have in common? All of these documents have served as 'costumes' for novels by mischievous writers such as Vladimir Nabokov, Ursula K. LeGuin, Mohsin Hamid and others. How does that work? Angus Woodward explains...

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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.”