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Your Algorithm's Just Not That Into You

@ VOL 13 ON SEP 07, 2019

When nature (human or otherwise) is reduced to quantities, in the interest of comprehension or communication or business, the complexity of reality is flattened. It may be useful—after all, polls help advertisers and politicians, personal preference algorithms keep our Netflix queues full, and it’s good to know that eggs really are good for you…or are they bad for you? Without context and absent proper scale, quantization often reinforces unexamined biases. Kris Mecholsky studies the question - to what degree should the human sciences reflect the methodologies of the traditional scientific method?

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In Defense of the Liberal Arts in the Age of A.I.

@ VOL 13 ON SEP 07, 2019

As our machines grow more powerful, the humans wielding them will need better judgment than ever. Mary Ellen Slayter believes they can find it in the liberal arts.

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The Ground Game: The Hidden Impact of Presidential Campaign Field Offices

@ VOL 13 ON SEP 07, 2019

Presidential campaigns are all over the national news, but much of the work happens out of sight in just a few states. Joshua Darr draws on his research to explain what we know about the "ground game" and presents some never-before-seen data on the 2020 campaigns.

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Plant Powered

@ VOL 13 ON SEP 07, 2019

Peer-reviewed medical research dating back to the 1930s indicates that plant-based diets are capable of preventing, arresting, and even reversing leading causes of death. Everyone has to eat. There is an opportunity cost associated with what we consume, and every time we eat something it is a lost opportunity to eat something even healthier. Sonia Shah Blauvelt wants to share some information with you about the best foods to eat, and about some to avoid.

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A Period Piece

@ VOL 13 ON SEP 07, 2019

Half of the adult population menstruates; so Maggie Conarro wants to know: why is this ebb and flow — and all that comes with it — still such a taboo topic and a mystery to not only those who don’t experience it but also for many of us who do?

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North Baton Rouge: Past, Present, Future

@ VOL 13 ON SEP 07, 2019

Being a leader and advocate for North Baton Rouge, Byron Washington shows how the culture, commitment, and community of North Baton Rouge became a foundation for the city leading into the 20th century, and how its success is the only way Baton Rouge can become a national leader in the 21st century.

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The REAL 90 Day Fiancé

@ VOL 13 ON SEP 07, 2019

Monica Pearce stands before you, a Tim Hortons-guzzlin’, eh-saying, flannel sheet-havin’ Canadian. She moved here to Baton Rouge last year to join her now-husband, then-fiancé Tony Marasco. And now here she is, a bonafide 90 Day Fiancé who has lived to tell the tale.

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How To Brew Like An Amateur

@ VOL 13 ON SEP 07, 2019

Mike Cavell was introduced to full-bodied German beers around 1988. He grew to love trying all different types of craft brews. But in 2007, a friend sent him a homebrew starter kit as a gift. After successfully brewing his first homemade beer, he was hooked. This will be an extreme crash course in how to make your own beer.

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The (Dirty, Smelly) Houseguests: What Fostering 100+ Shelter Dogs Taught Me About Life, Love and Letting Go

@ VOL 13 ON SEP 07, 2019

Do you love dogs but have enough of your own? Have you thought of fostering shelter dogs but a) can't afford it b) worry they'd destroy your home c) fear your own dogs would hate you and your beloved life partner would leave or d) think you would have a terrible time letting them go? Let Renée Bacher show you the way.

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Why Did the Famous Person Play with the Glue?

@ VOL 12 ON MAY 11, 2019

So maybe you went to school with someone famous, and maybe he made a fool of himself one day in shop class. You might tell the story over dinner and at parties for decades, honing your delivery. But what's the point? What purpose does the anecdote really serve? You may not find out until late in life, and when you do find out, you may come to understand the healing power of story. Or, at least, that's how it happened for Angus Woodward

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Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?

@ VOL 12 ON MAY 11, 2019

How do we hold on to our inner child? One way is to cherish the influences of our childhood. In this talk, Chelsea Harris, aka Chelsea Wellsee, Miss Wellsee, Che Che, Chaneesa, Eight, Happy Hour, Charleston Chew, Chelsea Ann, Lilttle Ann, will share how she applies the pop culture of her youth to a way of life. This is a tour through a kid's imagination and curiosity as embodied in a 30-something. As a wise man once said, life moves pretty fast, and Mr. Beuller and his fellow 80s icons continue to remind Chelsea, and all of us, not to take it so seriously.

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Red King, White Dog, Black Cat

@ VOL 12 ON MAY 11, 2019

The older he gets the more acutely Ara Rubyan is aware that maybe, perhaps, some experience he's having will be "the last one" of its kind. This is bittersweet. And, as time goes on, these experiences get closer and closer together until, he imagines, every single sunrise or sunset will be almost unbearably beautiful.