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Next Event

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05 MAR


Join us at Grand Stafford Theater at 7pm on Tuesday, March 5 for an evening of presentations ranging in topic from improv to the ripple effect of giving. Our presenters will be Jennifer Briggs, Brady Grimes, Marisa Grimes, Dennis Gore, and Jennifer Hargis.

See you then!


Featured Presentation

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Molly Ward

Manager at The Farm Patch, The Farm Patch in Bryan

Wild at Heart


Molly Hagan-Ward knows from experience, that once you start wondering about what all the wild plants around you have to offer, you never stop! Let her encourage you to learn about the abundance that the earth is constantly providing. Whether outside your own front door, at work, or at your local park, there is green magic around every corner!

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Jammit Janet's Superfantastical Adventures with the Roller Derby World Cup

@ VOL 17 ON NOV 27, 2018

One of our most popular past presenters, Janet Vincent, returns to talk about creating the Costa Rican Roller Derby team and the experience they had at the world cup.

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Jorge and the Hidden Octopus

@ VOL 17 ON NOV 27, 2018

Jorge Goyco sees himself as a “revealer” of relatable truths through his colorfully simple drawings. Pulling from life experiences, deep thoughts, movie and music quotes, and unknowing remarks from friends and strangers, Jorge’s art taps into the confusion, devastation and inspiration that is life at this moment. In this talk, he presents a little bit of his own history, and then goes in to the back stories of some of his favorite drawings.

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All Who Wander Are Not Lost: Following the Path of the 1928 "Bunion Derby"

@ VOL 17 ON NOV 27, 2018

Beginning in Santa Monica, CA in early October of 2016, Lou Tassinary, and his wife, Melanie, (and their two dogs) began their attempt to walk across the USA, following to the greatest degree possible the path of the first intercontinental foot race across the country, one that was organized to promote the opening of Route 66. This presentation will chronicle their journey.

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I’d like to tell you a story

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 25, 2018

The magnificence in truth-telling and the healing power it offers the community. Speaking authentically can be one of the greatest gifts and challenges we face. Learn what happens when respectful listening meets acceptance in some of the toughest classrooms. Kate Fly believes that truth has the power to heal - it’s up to all of us whether we choose to make the courageous leap forward to make a change. 

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Entrepreneurship surrounded by Guerrillas and Gorillas

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 25, 2018

How can Entrepreneurship in a region of Conflict, limited Connectivity, and Conservation concern (EC3) help people and protect the environment? Leslie Ruyle is testing this idea in Beni, North Kivu close to the border of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This location provides an excellent example of Entrepreneurship in the 3C context. Virunga is a World Heritage Site (Conservation), the electricity comes primarily from generators and there are no paved roads in the province (Connectivity), and the region has been in conflict for over 20 years (Conflict).

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Posture/Gesture: Paintings of Laurie Lisonbee

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 25, 2018

Laurie Lisonbee shows artworks of the human figure in yoga postures as metaphors for states of being. Depictions of bodily contortions and mudras of the hand are crafted into relic-like objects.  From art historical sources, junk piles, and yoga practice, Lisonbee derives a painting process akin to devotional meditation.

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Positive Approach to Turning the Trend of Distracted Driving

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 25, 2018

After a student lost his life from a driver texting in College Station, TX, Marci Corry decided to make an impact on safe driving in communities throughout Texas. After researching behavior change and observing that her young children responded well with positive reinforcement, Corry decided to encourage people in a positive way to stay off their phones while driving. She founded SAFE 2 SAVE in October 2016.

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Changing the World, One Young Person at a Time

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 25, 2018

Adults are often quick to make decisions that affect young people or on their behalves. They take for granted that children, even very young ones, have strong ideas about the world and their place in it. In this presentation, Dawn Jourdan seeks to explore and advocate for a stronger role for youth in decision making.




About the City's Organizers

  • Carol LaFayette

    Carol LaFayette is Director of the Texas A&M Institute for Applied Creativity, a forum for collaborators across domains and disciplines intent on creating a radiant future. She's an artist who works with scientists to invent unique ways to experience interconnections of flora, fauna, and phenomena in rural areas. She leads the NSF-supported Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD), that has also been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution. Her artwork is in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She has exhibited her work worldwide, including LAB '11, Sweden; SIGGRAPH '02, '08 and '09; Zebra Poetry on Film, Berlin; Filmstock, UK; and Solomon Projects, Atlanta. Reviews of her artwork have been published in "BBC Technology News," "Chronicle of Higher Education" and "Wired."

  • Jennifer Robertson

    Coordinator at Institute for Applied Creativity, Texas A&M University; Writer, director, actor, classic film blogger, jewelry designer, nail art addict, mother.

  • Marie Marchand

    Marie works for Advent GX, a Community and Economic Development company in Downtown Bryan. She supports entrepreneurship and innovation. She is from Belgium; she loves traveling, meeting new friends, going for walks and listening to great stories.