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Maxine Crump

President and CEO, Dialogue on Race Louisiana in Baton Rouge

Why Not Talk About Race?


"Change the narrative, change your destiny..."

For over 15 years, Maxine Crump worked in news, public relations and media development for the likes of BET, WAFB and others. She was a founding member of the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, and has been honored many times for her public service work. Maxine is currently the CEO of the non-profit organization, Dialogue on Race Louisiana, which promotes an education process for talking about race in our society. In short, if she's talking, you'll want to be listening.

And talk is exactly what she did at PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. I. during her presentation, "Why Not Talk About Race?"

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

@ 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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Why Don't We Talk About Sex? Or…Something about Italy

@ VOL 15 ON FEB 04, 2016

"Feel it. Face it. Free it."

In "Why don't we talk about sex? Or…something about Italy." from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 15 scientist, biology professor and writer Gaia Bistulfi Amman speaks about honesty, sex, education, and growing up in Italy. Ammann expands on how she ended up being a successful novel-writing…scientist. An elaboration on happiness and how to bite back when life nibbles at your butt.

This was "PechaKucha if the Day" of Monday, March 7th, 2016.

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Final Boarding Call

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"In the in-between land of the airport, what spaces of possibility, defeat, and mystery do we cross as we try to reach our final destination?"

Brooklyn transplant, Jeanette Plourde, creates physically-driven, experimental theatre pieces that explore the places where one art form intersects with another. Part dramatist, and part dancer, Plourde challenges the distinctions between language, movement, and theatre.

Jeanette presented her 400 seconds entitled "Final Boarding Call" at PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. I

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When the Fat Lady Sings, Does She Wear a Mic?

@ VOL 1 ON MAY 27, 2016

"There are at least a few common myths about opera that should be debunked!"

In When the Fat Lady Sings, Does She Wear a Mic? from PechaKucha Night Baton Rouge Vol. 1, mezzo-soprano, Katherine Sherwood White debunks the myths surrounding opera. Sherwood White has performed leading roles with Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera Theater and Texas Opera Theater. She holds a bachelor of music degree from Northwestern State University, a master of music degree from the University of Texas and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Kentucky. In other words, she knows a lot more about opera than the rest of us. And even what we think we know might turn out to be wrong...

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, August 1st, 2016. 

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Who Knew Camels Could Race?

@ VOL 1 ON APR 09, 2016

According to Kay Hartmann, many Americans, herself included, have little travel experience of the Middle East, which is why her trip to Qatar and the UAE was so enlightening... "Who knew camels could race?" she askes! Take this journey with her for a slice of life view of 2 cities in the Arab Gulf, once Bedouin desert communities a few decades ago, now thriving cosmopolitan metropolises. 

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Aversion to Experience: (Un)making Sense of Race and Racism

@ VOL 8 ON APR 06, 2018

"I am a white author, educator, and activist who has spent the majority of my adult life trying to make sense of race and racism in the United States. But what does it mean to ‘make sense’ of something that is fundamentally attached to people’s lived experiences, and has very real life and death consequences? Drawing on my current research regarding 20th century debates about anti-racist protest fiction, I’ll spend my time with the PechaKucha Baton Rouge audience reflecting o...n the ways our attempts to ‘make sense’ of difference can lead us down harmful paths and prevent us from recognizing and valuing the complexities that surround us.”

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Let's Talk: Getting Real About The 'Isms'


We believe that in order to build the bridges and break down walls, we must be willing to tackle all the "isms".  We must be willing to not just acknowledge them, but actively seek to oppose them.  Our approach to conversations about race, class, and gender forcuses on discussion about undoing systems of privilege and oppression.  My presentation would discuss how we help people make real chang and have honest convesation during our workshops!

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We need to talk about death

@ VOL 3 ON APR 11, 2019

Debbie Collins’ talk is about the need to talk about death in order to help face our own mortality as a way to engage more deeply with life, balancing deep joy with suffering. 

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The Race to Alaska Aboard the Giant Corn

@ VOL 16 ON JUN 06, 2019

Jennifer Vincent is passionate about community and shared experiences in work and play. An entrepreneur, mom, dreamer and committed espresso-lover, she doesn't often undertake high stakes adventure unless challenged to. Which is exactly what happened when she somehow agreed to take to the sea and enter the 2018 Race to Alaska aboard the amusingly-named Giant Corn. Meet Team Fashionably Late and experience their journey from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska, under nothing but wind and human power. Whatever floats your boat...