Past Knoxville Event: VOL 21

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VOL 21

November 17, 2016
@ Mill and Mine

Doors at 6:30

Presentations at 7:20

Poster: Laura Baisden of Camp Nevernice

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Discovering Bangladesh

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

"Taking pictures in this area made me really humble about my privileges, and broaden my vision about my country."

In "Discovering Bangladesh" from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 21, Mohammad Moniruzzaman shares about the time when he set out to discover the true face of his motherland, Bangladesh. From 2007 to 2011, he traveled across the country and captured the story of its people. He discovered a Bangladesh which is incredibly resilient – an epitome of undaunted human spirit.

Bangladesh, a small country in the South Asia, makes headlines in the newspapers across the world that emphasize its poverty, overpopulation, natural disasters and political unrest. 

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Lyrics, Letters, and the Forgotten Lives of Ben Irving

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Ben Irving (born Irving Hurwitz in Hartford, CT in 1901) hit the road as a salesman when the Great Depression cut short his promising musical career. Throughout the 1920s, he led several musical combos and toured the Northeastern Vaudeville circuit. Throughout the Depression, he travelled all 48 states, 3 Canadian Provinces, and 3 Mexican states in search of income to send home to his family. Though he would eventually resume his entertainment career upon retirement, he unwittingly left a legacy in postcards he sent from the road. Here, his great-grandson Tyler Sonnichsen unlocks the visual counter-narrative of America as Irving saw it.

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Big Ears – Listening and Changing the Conversation

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The Big Ears Festival has become one of the most anticipated cultural gatherings in the world.  Bringing thousands of visitors to town, Big Ears not only hosts many of the world’s leading artists, but showcases Knoxville’s symphony, jazz orchestra, local music scene, poets, theaters, clubs, churches, museums, galleries, restaurants, shops…the texture and character of the city. It brings the world to Knoxville and it showcases Knoxville to the world. In this presentation Ashley Capps discusses how Big Ears is changing the conversation about Knoxville - how the world sees the city as well as how Knoxvillians see themselves and their possibilities as a community.

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Respect the Process

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

In this presentation Chef Jesse Newmister, owner of Kaizen in Knoxville, discusses his past experiences, the path to opening his own restaurant, and how he develops a dish.

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KnowHow / Youth Programs at the Intersection of Creativity and Critical Thinking

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Elizabeth Wright presents "KnowHow" a local community organization that builds youth leadership and community engagement through the arts. KnowHow youth work at the intersection of creativity and critical thinking to engage with their communities, develop solutions to issues that affect their lives, and build vital life skills. Tonight, KnowHow adult allies  will share the inspiration and design behind this work, information about their many programs, and their dreams for the future of their organization and our city. 

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Play in Public Spaces

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The Cattywampus Puppet Council, which is a Knoxville based nonprofit seeking to build community and promote play for all ages through the puppetry arts. This spring, Cattywampus will organize and facilitate the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Knoxville’s first community puppet parade. This project will invite members of the community of all ages and backgrounds to come together and create puppets, masks, and costumes rooted in local ecology and stories of “place.” As an act of public play and storytelling, this parade will celebrate the culture of love, creativity, and mutual dependence we wish to create in Southern Appalachia.  

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The Online Dating Game: Over 40 Edition

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Curious about the online dating world? Wondering if you’re too old for this crap? Jacene Phillips shares some tips and tricks about online dating for those over (and under) 40 from someone who was divorced, with a kid, over 40 and has lived to tell the tale. It is a cornucopia of lessons learned, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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How the American South Transformed the World

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The American South – and particularly our corner of it in East Tennessee – is commonly imagined as insular, isolated, and disconnected from the larger world. In fact, this is far from true. In this presentation, Tore Olsson demonstrate how twentieth-century efforts to overcome poverty in the region – particularly through the Tennessee Valley Authority – came to serve as a model for accomplishing similar goals in places as far-flung as Mexico, India, and Afghanistan. East Tennessee, it turns out, has a global footprint far greater than you may expect! 

Tyler Sonnichsen
Geographer, The University of Tennessee in Knoxville
Cattywampus Puppet Council
Puppetry in Knoxville
Tore Olsson
Historian, University of Tennessee in Knoxville
Jacene Phillips
Architect, Studio Four Design Inc. in Knoxville
Ashley Capps
Owner & Founder, AC Entertainment in Knoxville
jesse newmister
Chef/Owner at Kaizen in knoxville
Mohammad Moniruzzaman
Graduate Teaching assistant, University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Knoxville
Elizabeth Wright
Social Work/Social Change in Knoxville