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Andrew Ruis

Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI

Lunch Money: A Short, Abridged, Very Brief History of School Meals in America

PRESENTED ON NOV 29, 2018
IN MADISON, WI @ VOL 28

The National School Lunch Program is the longest running and widest reaching children's health initiative in U.S. history. Throught he program more than 30 million children receive federally subsidized meals every school day. Whether we regard children as the beneficiaries of an enlightened pubilc health initiative or the victims of industrialized mass feeding, school meals are a significant part of public discourse on everything from the composition of a proper meal to national security.

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Often Filled, Seldom Fed, Never Finished

BY ANDREW RUIS
@ VOL 5 ON APR 11, 2013

Andrew Ruis examines the development of school lunch and nutrition programs for children from their beginnings at the end of the 19th century to the passage of the National School Lunch Act in 1946. 

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A Concise History of Race Relations in New Zealand ... Abridged

BY JAMES NOKISE
@ VOL 18 ON FEB 17, 2013

James Nokise gives us a comedic rundown on the history of New Zealand, its diversity, and its rugby team. He talks about New Zealand's original inhabitants, its immigrants, and encourages racial understanding and acceptance across the board. 

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A Brief History of Distilling In New York

BY CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS
@ VOL 4 ON NOV 21, 2013

Christopher Williams gives a brief, but detailed history of distilling in New York. He goes into depth on the Golden Age of distilleries in the state prior to prohibition and their subsequent demise. Christopher goes on to describe the contemporary reemergence of the industry--a New York distilling "renaissance".

"Presentation of the Day" on January 8, 2014.

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A VERY Brief History of American Belly Dance

BY JO ROSS
@ VOL 22 ON MAY 18, 2014

Jo Ross takes us through a brief history of the origins of American Belly dance as we know it today. Little did we know the origins are many and varied!  

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A (brief) History of US Ballparks

BY JOSH GRUNER
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 14, 2014

Josh Gruner gives a brief history of eastern US ballparks designs. He explores the evolution of the architecture of the American baseball stadium.

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

BY PETER EXLEY
@ 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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Educating with Food in the Hudson Valley

BY LAUREN MAPLES
@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

"Teaching kids about food is a way to teach them about everything."

In Educating with Food in the Hudson Valley at PechaKucha Night New York Vol.16Lauren Maples walks us through the importance and strength of a sustainable, natural, and health-conscious education. While teaching yoga and dance in public schools, she developed the Bija approach - which strives to create a fulfilling and engaging educational experience. 

Lauren has danced with internationally acclaimed ballet companies including San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet, and holds a BA from New School. 

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Art History at HoMA School

BY GARY LIU
@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Gary Liu is a lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at UH Manoa, and an instructor of art history at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

You all know about the wide array of expressive art practices taught in the studios at HoMA School, but perhaps it comes as news that the school has also been recently expanding its world of art history offerings too, something a class at an art museum is uniquely equipped to do. Using the example of Chinese ink paintings recently discussed in such classes, this presentation offers a glimpse into the insight gained through HoMA School’s art history lectures, discussions, gallery and vault visits, and film screenings.

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Local Food and Healthy Kids

BY JENNY MONTAGUE
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 09, 2017

Jenny Montague has a unique passion for bringing healthy lunches to schools and rethinking the way we feed kids in the lunch line.