Past Batavia Event: VOL 1

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October 01, 2015
@ Riverview Banquets Batavia

K A L E I D O S C O P E - A Diverse Collection

Riverview Banquets Batavia – 1117 North Washington Avenue (Illinois Route 25)

General Admission: $5.00 (cash only)

Doors open at 6:30 pm; show starts at 7:00 pm

Food and beverages available (cash only)


Featured Presenters:

  1. Britta McKenna - Buen Camino: Lessons Learned Along the Way

  2. Tim Sullivan and Kimberly Lescelius - Face to Face

  3. Lane Allen - From Origami to Folded-Plate Architecture

  4. Annie Nardone - Hands with Hope

  5. George H. Scheetz - A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Batavia

  6. Mara Hauser - Coworking

  7. Steve Schmidt - Adoption: Buyer Beware

  8. Rita Grendze - My Janus Moment

  9. Peter Exley - The Importance of Drawing [on Your Child’s School Lunch Bag]

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The Importance of Drawing [on Your Child’s School Lunch Bag]

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

“Research has illustrated that 90% of us will do almost all of the drawings we will make in our lifetime before the age of 10. That’s the threshold we pass when someone tells us that we aren't good at art or math or science.”

In The Importance of Drawing [on Your Child’s School Lunch Bag] from PechaKucha Night Batavia’s first volume, Speaker Peter Exley discusses the importance of thoughtful and deliberate sketches. We all spent time in our youth expressing ourselves through drawing. At some point, many of us turned our attentions to things less creative. Peter did not. Here’s why.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016. 

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My Janus Moment

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

Learning of a mentor’s passing, artist Rita Grendze reflects on a conversation that has stuck with her for nearly thirty years. Join Rita as she deciphers the meaning of her friend’s advice to embrace her inner Janus. Her journey includes visually rich images of ancient, baroque, and contemporary art, with the destination the artist’s own studio and future practice.

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@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

As a student of the evolving workplace, Mara Hauser explores how technology and culture have inspired new ways to work. Using historical references to collaborative farms (1700s), sweatshops (1800s), and the age of electronic business machines (1900s), Mara shares insights on the dynamic shifts that took place when technology got smaller, lighter, and more portable, allowing people to work from anywhere. As the most recent stage in this evolution, “coworking” is the new, economical alternative for working independently—but not alone—in a flexible, productive, shared workspace.

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Buen Camino: Lessons Learned Along the Way

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

Looking for an unusual way to celebrate a milestone anniversary, Britta McKenna and her husband, Steven, challenged themselves to walk a portion of el Camino de Santiago in Spain. What started out as a vacation and time away together, blossomed into a “buen camino” (good road) and journey of reflection. Here are six lessons learned along the way.

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Hands with Hope

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

“There are stories after stories of young children who are already missing permanent teeth because their moms had pulled them because the excruciating pain was too much to bear. ”

Restless in her day-to-day profession of dental hygienist, Annie Nardone found a way to create more meaningful work for herself while still using her expertise in dentistry. In PechaKucha Night Batavia’s 1st volume, she discusses how she created Hands with Hope, a not-for-profit foundation, to deliver training, dental treatment, equipment, and supplies to impoverished communities in Central America. Currently, Hands with Hope maintains and supports three fully functioning dental clinics in Honduras and Guatemala, which are run and operated by locally trained individuals eager to serve their communities.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016. 

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From Origami to Folded-Plate Architecture

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

Architect Lane Allen has a life-long passion for art, origami, geometry, and structure. He explores the relationships—both real and imagined—among the geometries of origami, the geometries of structure, and works of architecture, both modern and historic.

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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Batavia

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

From the ancient Batavi of Tacitus to identifying with the Batavians during the Renaissance in the Low Countries… from developing the Batavian myth during the Dutch revolt to disseminating a carefully cultivated Batavian identity during the Dutch Golden Age… and from dispersing the name “Batavia” around the world to the world of popular culture—George H. Scheetz presents a hitchhiker’s guide to Batavia.

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Adopting a Heart that Needed Mending

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

Stephen Schmidt and his wife, Arlene, began the journey of adoption 18 years ago by becoming licensed foster parents. Stephen tells his family’s story, one filled with laughter and tears, sadness and joy, and ultimately filled with a family stitched together by love. Thinking of adoption? Beware: it may be the most powerful thing you ever do with your life.

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Face to Face

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 01, 2015

One of our most precious gifts is the art of story. Tim Sullivan and Kimberly Lescelius join forces to uncover stories about the 20 (in their opinion) Most Interesting People who ever lived or worked in the Tri-Cities of Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles. Some stories are well-known, others not so much. The people all have one thing in common: a significant role in shaping the story of our local history.

Peter Exley
Architect, Architecture Is Fun in Chicago
George H Scheetz
Librarian / Executive Director, Batavia Public Library District in Batavia (Illinois)
Annie Nardone
Dental Hygienist, Dr. Tom Skoumal in Naperville
Lane Allen
Architect, Origamist, Allen+Pepa Architects Aurora Studio in Batavia
Tim Sullivan
Publishing, Neighbors Magazines in Batavia
Kimberly Lescelius
in Batavia (Illinois)
Stephen Schmidt
Director of Bands, Mooseheart School, Mooseheart Child City and School
Britta Wilk McKenna
Education - Chief Innovation Officer, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Batavia, Illinois
Mara Hauser
CEO and Founder, 25N Coworking in Geneva