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PechaKucha Event

July 20, 2017
@ Boston Athenaeum

Boston Athenaeum Members Showcase, Powered by PechaKucha

Join us for an exploration of the research and artistic endeavors of six Athenaeum members. PechaKucha is a lively and engaging presentation format in which presenters share 20 images for 20 seconds each. Multiple concise presentations allow the audience to consider a range of perspectives on a single topic or theme and spark spirited conversation between presenters and audience members. Presenters will be Joyce Bowden, Emily Levine, Scott Oleson, Abraham Schechter, Kate Sullivan, and Nancy Upper. 

Join us at 5:30 pm for pre-event cocktail reception. The presentations will begin at 6 pm.


Joyce M. Bowden is an author and researcher. She worked for 10 years on her first family history book, Four Connor Generations in South Carolina, 1790-1920 (2014), a genealogical history which focuses on her ancestors George Connor and Anna Woolfolk who migrated to South Carolina from Virginia after the American Revolution. She is currently researching for her second book, slated for publication in 2019 or 2020, about a mother and daughter in her great-grandmother Caroline Lucinda McCants’s family. Bowden joined the Athenaeum in 2002, and became a Proprietor six years later. She also volunteers as a docent and moderates the Civil War discussion group.


Nancy Upper is the founder and creative director of Uppersand™. Founded in 2016, Uppersand™ aims to bring people together around the world through creative ampersand projects and strengthen global connections. Upper’s rise from professional ballet dancer to creative director grew from her love of bringing people together to enhance the quality of life through the arts and related creative actions. She is currently completing her book, Power of Ampersand, which tells the dramatic story of the ampersand’s rise from ancient sign to favorite character, global connector, business driver, and branding symbol. An active Athenæum member, Upper volunteers as a membership ambassador.


Emily Levine is the Interlibrary Loan intern at the Athenæum. She is also currently a graduate student at Simmons College. 


Kate Sullivan is a an artist who works in graphite and watercolor. Her drawings and paintings can be recognized by the highly realistic physical appearance of city buildings and vehicles. Three of her watercolors are proudly exhibitioned in New England on Paper: Contemporary Art in the Boston Athenæum's Prints & Photographs Collections at the Boston Athenæum. Sullivan received her BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been a member since 2005.


Abraham A. Schechter is a writer, teacher, and artist from Portland, Maine. He has been working as a professional archivist, research librarian, book conservator, and preservation educator for 18 years. He is currently Head of Special Collections & Archivist at Portland Public Library. Before his career in libraries, he worked 13 years in the commercial photography field. His photographic background has served to illustrate his publications, both in print and online, along with his web site of essays, La Vie Graphite. His art career followed earning his BFA at Maine College of Art, and preceded his Masters at Boston’s Simmons College. Amidst years of sojourns from Beacon Hill to France, he was a C. S. Lewis Foundation Scholar in Residence at Oxford University in 2013. In the recent two years, he has been teaching journaling workshops, philosophy seminars, bookbinding, and calligraphy. A grateful Athenæum member since 1998, Schechter has continually drawn inspiration from the library’s collections and environment.


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