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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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Featured Presentation

Tom Hurst has been a woodworking and natural resources teacher for a good long while. He has built and guided the creation of many items of furniture, art pieces, toys, buildings and of course boats. He has built sailboats, canoes and sea kayaks with audiences from children to seniors both locally and around the US. Over 100 canoes and kayaks grace our local waters that were built in his shops. Family boatbuilding is still his favorite. It is a project to draw together people and get them on the water. A natural teacher with a love of sharing the outdoors and practical skills, He has a passion for hands-on experiential education.

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Wait! I Have Something to Say

BY JERRY PRICE
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Jerry Price is our HOST for PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 10... (thank you) And is also the Community Outreach & Fund Development Director, for the YMCA of Southwest Michigan in Benton Harbor.

 

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Craft Life

BY SIMON RUSK
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Simon Rusk is the head brewer and owner at the Livery Microbrewery in Benton Harbor, MI. After a lot of college, passing the bar and becoming a lawyer, he decided on a major life change to pursue his passion in the craft beer industry.

 

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Brace, open, laugh. My story on Stand-Up

BY LOON MABIANS
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Loon Mabians is now a comedian and active in the LBGT community in Southwest Michigan... but those things came to be only after many moments of facing her fears with the support of her Grandparents...this PK is about that journey.



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Mother Ffffeminist

BY KIM JORGENSEN GANE
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Kim Jorgensen Gane is a local producer and co-director of the national live storytelling show called Listen to Your Mother. Kim is a writer and a Realtor® and she recently ran for public office.

She and her husband Scott have raised a generation of girls to married adulthood, and they are now raising two high school-aged boys, one of whom is their nephew.

Mother Ffffeminist, she’s got a lot to say about motherhood, marriage, what feminism really means, and how the sexes can come together to heal the divides in our current hyper-sexualized political and social climate. You don’t have to agree, but you really should hear her answers to questions like, “why did women march on January 21st?” You might just discover that we’re really not as far apart as the “sides” want us to believe.

 

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I Swiped Right For Your Dog: Adventures In Dating Apps

BY MEAGAN FRANCIS
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Meagan Francis is Senior Copywriter at JohnsonRauhoff, creator of The Mom Hour podcast, and one half of "Jonny and Meagan Mornings" on 98.3 The Coast. She's also a local performer and mother to a large and entertaining crew of kids.

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I could Have Been a Mother

BY SCOTT GANE
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

A Michigan farm boy, Scott Gane studied health science, criminal justice and fire science at Grand Valley State College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  He has some fantastic stories from his years corralling college students and delivering babies as a Firefighter/Paramedic/Police Officer.  He is a very busy guy owning and operating three businesses as well as running a company on the east side of the state.  Scott is laid back (tired) but is not all business.  He has a creative side screaming to get out and often does thru his photography, but who knew he could write too.

 

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FIRST Robotics Competition: Building the Next Generation of Thinkers, Tinkers, and Leaders One Robot at a Time

BY MADELINE DALE
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Madeline Dale, a Lakeshore High School junior, shares how the FIRST Robotics community is helping to build future technology leaders by using her own team and personal experience as an example. Madeline is entering her third year of participation on Team Lance-A-Bot, FRC Team 4237. FIRST Robotics is taking the world by storm with programs for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Find out what students are up to in southwest Michigan and beyond.

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Art Grief Therapy

BY MAGGIE GALLOWAY
@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Maggie Galloway is an artist and student from the Art Institute of Chicago & University of Tulsa. She has a long career of creating, including her time as a documentary film producer at WLS-tv in Chicago.

In 2009, after the sudden death of her husband, Paul Galloway, newspaper reporter and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, Maggie was faced with learning to live without her partner of 30 years. It would be 2 years of Art Grief Therapy that healed her... she shares her story.

 

 

ST JOSEPH Blog

Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist

 

“He called the restaurant Gulistan which means ‘the land of roses’. To the restaurant came the people. First one, then two, then a bunch.”

In Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist from PechaKucha Night Saint Joseph’s 4th volume, Presenter Ashley Reichert tells the story of a man from Kurdistan, Ibrahim Paralak, and his journey to a small town in Michigan. He is in search of freedom - a place where people are free to speak their minds, free from oppression, and free persecution. All he wants is to make a peaceful place for his family, his restaurant, and a place to grow his roses.
All is going well, until one day he is just gone. Soon, many people ask where he has gone, and learn he has been jailed with the fear of being deported. Ashley goes on to tell us how he is released from jail and goes back to family, his restaurant, and his roses. All seems well again, but there's a twist.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Christopher Gregory

    I am very happy to be co-creating the world of PechaKucha in Saint Joseph / Benton Harbor. I practice industrial design professionally, and I explore the community creativity, placemaking, and fine arts here in Southwest Michigan. The most fascinating part of PechaKucha for me is the chance to hear amazing stories that are otherwise internalized, overlooked, or unheard. If you are reading this I believe you have a story to share.

  • Nathan Bilancio

    By day, I'm a user experience designer who crafts how we interact with the home appliances of tomorrow at Whirlpool. In my free time, I love enjoying time outdoors and traveling to see what the world has to offer!

  • Lana Rappette

    I'm a BIG PechaKucha fan! I don't meet new people, I meet potential PechaKucha presenters. I don't listen to my friend's conversations, I draft their PechaKucha titles in my head. I believe everyone should tell their stories.. over.. and over.. again. I'm an assistant at Whirlpool Corporation, the Communications Lead for the Whirlpool Creatives Association and a volunteer for local art events.

  • Bill LaDitka

    Architect, Urban Designer, Place Designer, Strategist, Creative Visionary

  • Nathan Margoni

    Nathan Margoni is an artist/illustrator/educator living and working in Benton Harbor, MI. He has worked as the Manager of Education and Interpretation at the Krasl Art Center since 2014.

  • Meg Clayton

    At Whirlpool, I create user-centered interface designs by day, and PechaKucha graphics by night. I love all things that bring people together in our community, and I believe that everyone has a story to tell!

  • Mark Strauss

    Mark Strauss is a national Communications Training and Branding professional who has worked with brands like Disney, Motorola, and the NFL. He is also a screenwriter with a passion for storytelling that informs every creative and professional endeavor.

  • Jorden Parker

    Life long SJ/BH Resident, I love this community and continue to find ways to engage my workplace with the activities I enjoy and the places they happen. By day I am architect at Wightman & Associates, by all the time I am a father to three daughters and a husband to someone else's.