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Jay Hill

Software Developer in Asheville

The Most Mysterious Book In the World

PRESENTED ON JUL 31, 2015
IN ASHEVILLE @ VOL 8

"The script, the text, the language that appears in this document, appears nowhere else on earth. To this day, nobody knows the meaning even a single word of it."

In honor of International Literacy DayPechaKucha Night Asheville Organizer Jay Hill's "The Most Mysterious Book in the World" from PechaKucha Night Asheville Vol 8 is being featured as PechaKucha of the Day! In a world where so few codes remain unbroken and the secrets of so many ancient, obscure writing systems have been revealed, one medieval manuscript remains completely shrouded in mystery. Watch this presentation to check out what Jay has to say about the ever-mysterious Voynich Manuscript!

 

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Mystery Weekend 2014

BY BRAD PENISTON
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 21, 2014

Brad Peniston, an editor in Washington, D.C, and his brother James, a sculptor in West Philly, take a trip every winter to try something new and exciting. This year, they decided to go to Bangor and uncovered the history there and show case some cool people in the area by organizing a PechKucha Night there.  

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Most Successful Fraud in History: William Shakespeare

BY BARBARA HOBENS
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 27, 2014

Everyone knows who William Shakespeare is, but are the facts about him true? Barbara Hobens does not think so and in fact denounces him as the true writer of all the infamous classic plays and writings. Rather she gives convincing evidence on how Edward de Vere is likely the Shakespeare we all thought we knew. 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 11, 2014.

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The Silk King - The Mystery Continues

BY JIM THOMPSON
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 24, 2014

Is it creepy for an old man to be collecting silks? You will need to watch this presentation by Jim Thompson, the self-claimed unknown heir to the Thai silk fortune. But be forewarned, the mystery may continue.

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How YA Literature Changes Lives

BY STEPHANIE JOHNSON
@ VOL 16 ON SEP 15, 2017

Editor and writer Stephanie Johnson discusses how young adult literature can and has changed the lives of teenagers - including herself.

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What Happened at Skeleton Lake

BY JAY HILL
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 18, 2016

Jay Hill shares one of history's mysteries.

A frozen lake full of human skeletons is discovered in the Himalayas, launching a decades-long quest to solve a centuries-old mystery.

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Writing, Women and World II

BY JO BAILEY
@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Jo Bailey is a full time freelance writer, editor and author who writes books in her 'spare time'. She has just published her fourth, called Never Forget, a collection of six extraordinary, true World War II stories.

In this PechaKucha, Jo introduces the courageous people in her book, whose lives were turned upside down by war. She also discusses her own journey as a reader and writer, which led to the creation of Never Forget. Jo hopes being reminded of the horrors of war might lead to a conversation about how we can move on from the things which divide us and focus instead on building community, compassion and love.

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Bridging Generations

BY KAMI AHRENS
@ VOL 20 ON SEP 14, 2018

Kami Ahrens presentation explores the ways that Foxfire, a history museum, magazine, and book anthology based in Mountain City, Georgia, engages with the local community to capture, preserve, and share Southern Appalachian heritage. She also addresses methods for the preservation and continuation of heritage skills, especially among Appalachian youth, that are unique to the area.

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Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin/Asheville 2019

BY KYM VERHOVSHEK
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 30, 2018

Kym Verhovshek has partnered with Carolina Jews for Justice and other local social justice groups to bring the unique and profoundly motivational multi-media concert-drama, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin to Asheville in June 2019. Music often reaches the heart and soul when words can not. The arts and humanities offer hope and inspiration, and this performance will be led by 8+ weeks of educational programming created for and coordinated with area schools, colleges, and the public. The goal is to create awareness by sharing past experiences, and through education and these conversations to participate in shaping the future.

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White People on Maney

BY KRISTY CARTER
@ VOL 14 ON MAR 03, 2017

Many of our neighborhoods have long standing privilege based on early policy decisions. See the difference (and inherent privilege) contrast of one North Asheville neighborhood to other areas of the city.