PechaKucha Presentation

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Bill Suhayda

Author, self employed in Batavia

From Tyranny to Liberty... A Personal Story


In an all-too-rate look at life behind the Iron Curtain, Bill Suhayda explores the conditions that caused the Hungarian people to revolt against both Soviet occupation and the tyranny of communism in the country of his birth. In 1956, some 200,000 people fled Communist Hungary; Bill’s family was among those people risking their lives to escape. Bill dedicated his presentation to those people in Hungary, Austria, and the United States who helped his family escape from tyranny, and those Americans who helped his family assimilate into American culture.

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@ VOL 26 ON SEP 27, 2013

Alexander Josephson of PARTISANS speaks on the importance of liberty in an age wherein "Celebrity" (meaning an individual's imprisonment to the idea of fame alone) is such a strong force in our society, for good or bad. He has coined the word "Celiberty" as a concept that attempts to strike a healthy balance between hollow self-promotion and a legitimate creative struggle to do politically relevant work at its highest calibre.

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I Pledge Allegiance...

@ VOL 5 ON JUN 15, 2013

Reese Williams, being that Flag Day was the day before she presented, takes the liberty of celebrating America and showing her patriotism by comically creating 20 different versions of the Pledge of Allegiance. Join her and learn 20 different new ways to honor America. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 12, 2014.

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The Story of Iron Man Bike Store

@ VOL 26 ON OCT 10, 2015

Originally a pottery craftsman, Mr. Chen and his wife both love to ride bikes, and decided to start a bike shop decorated with the murals of young artists. After opening the business, he participated in numerous cycling events, and discovered foreign riders' praise for Taiwan's abundance of landscapes and routes, naming Taiwan a 'biker's heaven'. He also shares his stories of how his understanding of bikes has changed, and how he built his brand.

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African 1, American 2

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017


A true story, in the style of Dr. Seuss, Bruce Conway Dickinson shares his journey from war in Zimbabwe to true love in America.  His ballad covers his hopes and dreams and fears of liberty, coming out as Gay, and the multiple forms of love he has experienced in his life. Now, a resident of Kittitas County, Bruce and his husband Chris have built a home together with Liberty’s flame lighting the way.

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The Fight for Democracy

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Deployed to Iraq to defend “Liberty and Freedom” in 2004, Brett Wachsmith feels privileged to have been a part of the efforts, perfect or not. Brett puts democracy into prospective by comparing the current struggle in America to those worldwide. Today he serves as the Kittitas County Treasurer, embracing diversity and with a call for unity form both sides of the aisle to preserve our liberties for years to come.

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Expression of Gratitude: the untold story of a family unknown

@ VOL 2 ON APR 25, 2017

"My journey of finding my birth mother lead me to the gratitude I have for my parents."
In honor of International Family Day, we highlight a PechaKucha Presentation that truly embodies what family is, while simultaneous breaks its mold, and in turn, captures our hearts.
In "Expression of Gratitude: the untold story of a family unknown" from PechaKucha Night London, Ontario, Katy Boychuk shares the story of her adoption at birth and the personal journey she embarked on when almost most 30 years later, she read her private adoption file for the first time and decided to find her birth mother. This is when her search began.
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From Siberia to Texas: Uncovering My Family’s Immigration Story One Recipe at a Time

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Mary Kaltenberg best introduces her story herself:

"It started during a blizzard storm the first week I arrived back in the United States early 2016. As an activity for my mom and I during this cold snowy day, we gathered recipes and started compiling them into a cohesive cookbook. I asked questions about the origination of the recipe and through each recipe lived a different story. Translating and transcribing developed into a documentation of our family history, rich of funny, suspenseful and adventurous stories. One recipe at a time I uncovered the story of my Jewish, Russian, Polish family - how they became a family, survived in Siberia, were deported and stripped of citizenship and the humor of eventually adapting to American culture."

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Surviving change: the story of an India family in Germany

@ VOL 34 ON JAN 30, 2018

Arun Sharma was born and raised in India, Chandigarh. He moved to Aachen, Germany, in 2012. Arun shares his experiences of being away from his home country and the challenges of bringing up two young Indian kids in a new country. 

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@ VOL 7 ON DEC 12, 2017

El poeta venezolano, Willy McKey, hace un recuento de 10 personajes de la historia de Venezuela, los cuales lograron transformar la sociedad a la que pertenecieron. Con esto, nos trata de mostrar que Venezuela no debería ser un país de la mala noticia, sino que se debe testimoniar el humor, la creatividad y la potencia de crear del venezolano.