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Why Did the Famous Person Play with the Glue?

BY ANGUS WOODWARD
@ 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?

BY CHELSEA HARRIS
@ 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

BY ARA RUBYAN
@ 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.

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Subjectification Station

BY REBECCA MARCHIAFAVA
@ VOL 12 ON MAY 11, 2019

The World Health Organization describes sexuality as "a central aspect of being human," but sexual culture often buries this truth. In this talk, Rebecca Marchiafava centers sexuality as a topic worthy of public discussion and reflection, poses some complex questions, and shares concepts and insights to help us better navigate sexual culture and our sexual lives.

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Life, Death, and Nancy Grace

BY LEEA REESE RUSSELL
@ VOL 12 ON MAY 11, 2019

Her ability to sensationalize any crime, turning it in to a soap opera of sorts. That hair, that southern twang, the funny little nick-names she assigns a suspect. (Tot Mom...that’s genius). The way she’ll literally turn someone’s mic off that she’s interviewing if they express an opinion that contradicts hers. It’s all hilariously entertaining to Leea Russell

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something’s missing: baptizing the imagination bound by whiteness

BY NOELLE ALLISON
@ VOL 12 ON MAY 11, 2019

Up until about three years ago, the books Noelle Allison read had been almost exclusively written by white authors, about white people. She could count on one hand the number of Black authors she had read. This was not a deliberate choice, it just seemed to be the natural order of things. When she began to deliberately seek out and read writings of Black people and other Peoples of Color, she discovered just how stunted and cramped her imagination was, which awakened a previously unrecognized thirst for a wider "scope for the imagination" and more complete experience of the Human Story.

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Pardon the Distraction

BY JUSTIN LEMOINE
@ VOL 12 ON MAY 11, 2019

According to Justin Lemoine, he doesn't really have much of an attention span. As a kid, it got him into trouble pretty much every day, and as a teenager and young adult, it just made his life more difficult than it should have been. In his 30s, though, he's found a way to put his frenzied "mess of a brain" to work doing [probably] way more things than he should be doing. And it seems to be working.

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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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