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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.

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Our Band Could Be Your Life

@ VOL 8 ON APR 06, 2018

Lance Porter is a music nerd. He has been obsessed with punk rock since 1980, when he saw Devo on late-night TV. (I know Devo isn’t really punk, but I was 10, OK?) His music nerdiness has dictated almost every move in his life, including the cities he chose to live in and the woman he married. However, it took just over 30 years for him to finally get the guts to live out a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy and form his own band.

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My Art Life

@ VOL 7 ON JAN 26, 2018

Kelli Scott Kelley has lived a life immersed in art and artmaking. Listen as she shares highlights of her artmaking practice from graduate school to the present.

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Poker "Pros": Revealing the Hidden Benefits of Playing Poker

@ VOL 7 ON JAN 26, 2018

Contrary to popular belief, poker games are not only opportunities for degenerates to gather and try to take each other's money. Listen to Lauren Aronson explain how playing poker provides myriad surprising possibilities for skill development, healing, and of course, fun.

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Success Is Not a Climb to the Mountaintop

@ VOL 7 ON JAN 26, 2018

Listen as Mercedes Wilson describes why she believes success isn't the destination, but the journey.