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Sherry Borzo

Personal Historian in Des Moines

Change Your Past

PRESENTED ON MAR 06, 2015
IN DES MOINES @ VOL 20

Personal historian Sherry Borzo shares a look at how our stories influence our past. 

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Remnants of the Past

BY FRED JEFFERY
@ VOL 2 ON SEP 26, 2015

In Remnants of the Past, Fred Jeffery mixes humour, philosophy and history to tell a story about change. The past 150 years have taken the land, waters and people in and around what we now call Nanaimo on a trying journey, often overlooking the health and diversity of people and nature in the name of economic growth. While recognizing the darker side of our past, Fred highlights the hope and examples of inspiration that promise a more inspiring future for this city.

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The Past Is a Foreign Country

BY LORI LEE
@ VOL 8 ON OCT 27, 2015

College professor and archeologist Lori Lee sees the past as a foreign country where we all spend time as tourists, but she spends more time there than most. Lori demonstrates how she has been able to help find out more about undocumented history- such as the history and lives of slaves- through her work. 

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Beyond Camelot: The Mythic Memory of the Sixties

BY CRAIG WERNER
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

From JFK's Camelot to Martin Luther King's, "I Have a Dream" speech to protestors spitting on Vietnam veterans, the cultural memory of the Sixties rests firmly on a foundation of politically-motivated myth. In this presentation, Craig Werner juxtaposes familiar and surprising images of the decade to reveal some of the complications behind the myths. 

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My Personal Story with the German History

BY UWE GARTENSCHL√ĄGER
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 02, 2017

Through his personal experiences, Uwe Gartenschläger shares with us the difficult history of his home country, Germany.  He courageously welcomes us into the souvenirs of his post-war reality and shares with us stories which have marked his life and the life of so many. He does not leave us with theses tormenting stories but with a positive lesson he learned: Confronting the past and grieving is essential for facing the future.  This is the idea he applied while doing development work in countries also dealing with difficult past such as in Ex-Yugoslavia and Central Asia.

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Amazing Black Women Not In Your History Book

BY RAYVEN HOLMES
@ VOL 18 ON MAR 10, 2018

It wasn't until Rayven Holmes was out of school that she discovered on her own that history also included amazing black women, and not just the old white guys that were in the school history books. Here is a small collection of those amazing black women, and why we need to get them included in the history books.

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Build Your Own Science

BY MARVIN TATE
@ VOL 48 ON DEC 12, 2018

Marvin Tate is a performance poet, lyricist, published author, collected visual artist and educator. His work references African American history, speaks of personal and family history, and touches upon broader themes of cultural and political segregation, while addressing his own identity.

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History Made Personal

BY ANTHONY ARONICA
@ VOL 15 ON OCT 19, 2018

Anthony Aronica personalizes the land of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation with stories of fishing with his father and of his grandmother's love.

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My Castle Gateway: Past & Present

BY PHIL BIXBY
@ VOL 19 ON JUL 31, 2019

Architect Phil Bixby takes a walk through past and present with ideas from York's My Castle Gateway public engagement.

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The past and future history of Artificial Intelligence

BY PEET DENNY
@ VOL 5 ON AUG 30, 2019

Peet Denny’s talk is about Artificial Intelligence, where did it come from, what does it want from us and where will it take us all next?! Is this group of ideas from mathematicians and psychologists in the 1940s really going to fundamentally change who we are as human beings?