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My Hair-itage

BY LAUREN ARONSON
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 15, 2019

The story of a girl versus the curl. The highlights, lowlights, blow-outs and blow-ups. How Lauren Aronson's relationship with her locks went from loathing to loving.

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How To Have Good Sex

BY RACHEAL HEBERT, LCSW
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 15, 2019

As a therapist, sexual assault survivor advocate and general sex enthusiast, Racheal Hebert gives an overview of healthy sexuality and provides some tips on how to have good sex.

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The Mother of All Horrors

BY GINNY ENGHOLM
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 15, 2019

Bird Box. Handmaid’s Tale. A Quiet Place. What do these recent hits have in common? The horror of motherhood. They are all just the next generation of a horror tale we’ve told for ages from Beowulf to Frankenstein to Aliens. Ginny Engholm shares why we can’t escape these stories and how they reveal our fears--and fascinations--with the "mother" of all horrors.

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Eat Me: A Brief Look at the Long History of Women and Chocolate

BY LIZ GOAD
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 15, 2019

"Decadent. Seductive. Sinful." When it comes to chocolate, sex sells. And it specifically sells to women. Even though research shows that men and women consume roughly the same amount of chocolate, advertisements are mainly targeted at women, encouraging them to "indulge" their cravings and deepest desires.

While this may seem like a new phenomenon, the association between chocolate and female sexuality predates the modern ad campaign. In fact, some scholars trace it all the way back to the Mesoamerican civilizations that first cultivated Theobroma cacao. Liz Goad takes a quick jog through chocolate’s long, tawdry history to find out where this theme originated and how it has evolved over the centuries.

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A Red Stick Project Review

BY EVELYN WARE-JACKSON
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 15, 2019

Along the journey of the Red Stick Project's beautification efforts and facade improvements, Evelyn Ware-Jackson discovered a series of stories that cry out from the streets about Baton Rouge's unique international connection through the arts and STEM.

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Smashing the Patriarchy: How More Women Can Win Political Office

BY NICHOLE BAUER
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 15, 2019

More women are running for and winning political office. Nichole Bauer talks about how to get even more women into positions of power including how women can overcome hidden, and not so hidden biases, to win elections, and explains why everyone, literally everyone, benefits from putting more women in positions of power.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

BY MEGAN PAPESH
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 15, 2019

In many domains, people scan for objects that are important to detect, yet rarely appear (e.g., weapons in baggage, tumors, imposters). When these objects finally appear, they should pop out at us, right? In this talk, Megan Papesh discusses the perceptual and cognitive mechanisms that make us miss important objects hiding in plain sight.

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Identifying & Creating a Cohesive Personal Brand

BY JORDAN HEFLER
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 15, 2019

Marketing yourself can be uncomfortable and overwhelming, but in today's digital age having a personal brand is more important than ever. Jordan Hefler shares her pro-tips for how to identify the common threads of your work to create a cohesive and authentic personal brand that can organically evolve over time.

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Moving Traditions Forward

BY JONATHAN FORET
@ VOL 10 ON NOV 13, 2018

In Southern Louisiana, we live at a very unique intersection between environment and culture where one is dependent on the other. Our environmental heritage comes with the responsibility of ensuring that generations to come will be able to enjoy what this land and water have given to us for decades. Join Jonathan Foret in learning how we begin the conversation of moving our traditions forward in a time of environmental uncertainty.

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There Goes the Neighborhood

BY ERIC DEXTER
@ VOL 10 ON NOV 13, 2018

To some, the movie Friday (1995) was a stoner comedy about two buddies struggling to come up with $200 they needed to pay a drug dealer by 10:00 p.m., on a Friday. But, to Eric Dexter, it was more than that. It was really about how the 'characters' in the neighborhood *were* the neighborhood.

 

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Petri Dish Prophesies

BY RENEE CHATELAIN
@ VOL 10 ON NOV 13, 2018

What happens in a petri dish when it is merely exposed to air and left alone? Renee Chatelain is interested in exploring how to inject elements into an environment to affect positive change.

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Musings on the Difficulty of Community Planning: An Excuse to Tell the Story about My Brother and the Kozak Family Potato Peeler

BY JUSTIN KOZAK
@ VOL 10 ON NOV 13, 2018

Like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, planners sometimes have to skip to page 179 where they find that people’s values are different, that lifestyle preferences have shifted, that environmental change has altered not just the landscape but also the financial calculus of a smart investment. Listen as Justin Kozak explains how technological advancement, population growth, and climate change ensure that repeat successes will rarely follow the same formula.

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