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Poitiers @ Maison de L'architectue - Poitou Charentes
Oct 16, 2012

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Seattle @ Olympic Sculpture Park PACCAR Pavillion
Nov 29, 2012

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Seattle @ Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Jan 15, 2015

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Davenport @ Figge Art Museum
Nov 19, 2015

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San Diego @ La Jolla Historical Society
Aug 25, 2016

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Seattle @ Seattle Central Library
Feb 10, 2017

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Sheffield @ Local Authority (upstairs at Corporation)
Oct 19, 2017

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Seattle @ Seattle Art Museum
Jan 18, 2019

PAST Telling American Urban Stories: Immigration to Boston, Powered by PechaKucha

Powered by PechaKucha @ Concord Academy Performing Arts Center
May 20, 2019

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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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How History can be Used

BY BLAINE HUDSON
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2012

Blaine Hudson lectures about the history and culture of African American in Louisville. The more we know about Black history, the better we can improve it for the future.

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Introducing The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia

BY NANCY RICHEY
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 20, 2015

The story of African Americans in Kentucky is as diverse and vibrant as the state's general history. Nancy Richey highlights notable local African Americans who were "firsts" in their locales or fought for civil rights.

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Building Black Utopias: Modeling the Architectural Principles of African American Literature, 1960-1975

BY CHARLES L. DAVIS, II, PH.D.
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"We started with several books that looked at the brownstone as a site of intervention."

In Building Black Utopias: Modeling the Architectural Principles of African American Literature, 1960-1975 from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Charles L. Davis, II, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, shows works from his recent exhibition project, Building Black Utopias, and discusses the literature that served as inspiration. 

The Building Black Utopias project combines the tools of the architect, the historian and the literary critic to recover the historical contributions of African American writers to architectural utopian thought. It specifically examines the role of literary depictions of place in June Jordan, Amiri Baraka, Paule Marshall and Angela Davis’ writings. Davis argues that each authors’ rhetorical manipulations of the built environment operates on the same level as architectural utopian thought insofar as both mediums created rich, alternative depictions of modernist space to liberate the architect’s imagination. The final exhibit translates the spatial ideas of literature into drawings, models and other ephemera.

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Preview of National Museum of African American Music

BY RON YEARWOOD
@ VOL 26 ON OCT 18, 2017

Beecher Hicks, III - A look at the future of the National Museum of African American Music in downtown Nashville

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Mane Street

BY RAYVEN HOLMES
@ VOL 19 ON MAY 25, 2018

This is an artistic stroll through black kink. Rayven Holmes shares an enlightening presentation about the styles and the underlying culture of contemporary Black hair styles.

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Being Number One

BY INA ANDERSON
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

Ina Anderson describes her journey of firsts including the first African-American female firefighter in Bridgeport, CT, and the first female officer.

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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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Whitewashing History

BY WILLIAM GREER
@ VOL 39 ON MAR 24, 2019

Will Greer talks about the role the Dunning School and the Daughters of the Confederacy played in providing the funding and legitimacy behind the whitewashing of the civil war and set the stage for modern false narratives.

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Little Liberia -- Digital History Project

BY BRANDON TAYLOR
@ VOL 4 ON MAR 21, 2019

Little Liberia was a thriving community made up of Native Americans, African Americans and escaped slaves during the 1850's in Bridgeport, CT. Today the Mary and Eliza Freeman houses remain as evidence of Little Liberia. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has listed the buildings as one of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.” College student, Brandon Taylor, tells the story of his involvement in helping to save this community through his skills as a computer science student.

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A History of British Accents

How do you pronounce the letter "H"? Do you say "HAY-tch", or "AI-tch"? In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Toronto Vol. 16), Mark Staplehurst goes into detail on the history and variety of British accents. The way one speaks in England often says a lot about the way they are perceived -- the class from which they hail, their level of intellect, and their upbringing. As many say George Orwell said (thought it was Wyndham Lewis who said it first): "All Englishmen are branded on the tongue from birth." 

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Restoring Liberia's History

During and after the Liberian Civil War, countless photos were burned and with them bits of history were lost. In today's Presentation of the Day, "Restoring Liberia's History" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 28, Jeff Topham and his brother set out to retake old pictures of their childhood home of Liberia. Along the way, they ended up restoring the history of their old country, exposing a new generation to photos of a near unrecognizable Liberia, before rebels and war tore the country apart. Their project (Liberia '77) collected photographs of Liberia from expats and those who maintained photographic remants of the region, and eventually culminated in a gallery exhibition. 

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The Hijacked American Dream

"No one ever laid on their deathbed and wished they had acquired more stuff." In The Hijacked American Dream, Joel Larsgaard (at PechaKucha Atlanta, Vol. 20) speaks on what Americans currently define as "The American Dream." What was once defined by James T. Adams as a dream of a "land that would be better, richer, and fuller for everyone" has become twisted, and nigh unrecognizable today. He delves into the culture of consumerism that he compares to drug use, "a brief high, followed by a crash."  

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A Brief History of Distilling in New York

Christopher Williams gives a brief, but detailed history of distilling in New York. In "A Brief History of Distilling in New York" from PKN Garrison Vol. 4, 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".

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American Craft

Before the Prohibition, the craft of bar-tending took over 3 years to perfect.  Mixologist Jeret Peña would rather classify himself himself as a bartender, because it doesn't sound as pretentious. In "American Craft" from PKN San Antonio Vol. 11 Jeret discusses a craft that has been around for over 200 years, and has had a resurgence since the prohibition laws let up. Much like a chef creating a fine dish, his ability to reproduce the perfect cocktail is a skill that has taken him years to perfect. 

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Most Successful Fraud in History: William Shakespeare

Everyone knows of William Shakespeare, but are the facts about him true? Barbara Hobens doesn't believe it for a second, and in fact denounces him as the true author of the classic plays and writings. In "Most Successful Fraud in History: William Shakespeare" from PKN Garrison Vol. 5, rather than entertain notions of common knowledge, she gives convincing evidence on how the noble Edward de Vere is likely the true Shakespeare we know and love. 

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Welcome to Europe as an American

"What do you call someone with two languages? Bilingual. One language? American."  Oliver Olson has spent 17 years of his life in Europe. In "Welcome to Europe as an American" from PKN Maastricht Vol. 22 he takes us on a whirlwind journey through the many funny and unexpected surprises he has encountered as an American living in Europe. 

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The Hunt for American Brilliant Cut Glass

"Upon seeing the green vase, I was speechless. It was wrapped in newspaper dated from 1970 and had been in the attic the entire time. It was a one of a kind piece, and no one knew it existed. After all the wasted trips and false alarms, here I was with one of the greatest discoveries of cut glass." Franz Hellwig is an avid collector of American Brilliant Cut Glass, an art form and product popular in the United States from 1876-1916. In The Hunt for American Brilliant Cut Glass from New Orleans Vol. 7, Franz shares with us a bit of the history and methods used by the American artisan to create these pieces of art. Today Franz is considered one of the foremost experts of American Brilliant Cut Glass and travels across the country in search for his next piece.

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Digging for History

"... an African proverb he taught me: 'If the lions don't survive to tell their stories, the hunters get all the credit.' He wanted to tell the story of 260 men in his unit. He was the only one still alive."In Digging for History from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 27, Mieke Kirkels tells the story of the segregated US Army in Margraten, Netherlands, and specifically the cemetary where many of the fallen WWII soldiers bodies now rest. As she dug further into the story of the graves, she learned about the nearly 1 million African-American soldiers who depsite helping to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany, go unrecognized in most history books. One of these few remaining living soldiers shared his story with her. Kirkels believes that it is important to listen to people's stories, to listen with our ears and with our heart. Because history is about lives. Let's listen and read behind the lines...

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Fabricating History

"I make art about ineffectual dreamers who try really hard to succeed at something but always fail miserably." In Fabricating History from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, artist and founder of the Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative, Caitlin Cass, focuses on the need for diverse sources in creative research, especially when you invent them yourself. She reflects on the subjectivity of history and explains how she co-opts historical authority to create comics and counterfeit historical exhibits. Walking us through her artistic process from the stage of “tadpole” to “strawberry dart frog,” Cass presents highlights of her recent comic book an counterfeit historical exhibits, such as “Folktales of American History” and “The Museum of Failure.”