to Jan 21

ORD Camp 2018

ORD Camp is a two day, invitation-only unconference in Chicago. It’s a time to collect together the best minds in the Midwest and beyond, to spark new ideas and spread old ideas. People from many different fields and many different walks of life get together and share, teach, and learn about uniquely interesting topics.

The one thing that all invitees have in common is that they are exceptionally passionate about what they do. 

Location: Google Chicago

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20x2 Chicago: "How does it work?"
6:00 PM18:00

20x2 Chicago: "How does it work?"

20x2 is an ongoing project that exists to showcase the creativity that lurks in each of us. Writers, musicians, filmmakers, web geeks and other bon vivants are asked to take two minutes each to answer the question of the day. The results can be as varied as the emotions and reactions they evoke.

Launched in 2001 during SXSW Interactive, 20x2 has grown to an ever-expanding pantheon of participants. Founded in Austin by Kevin Newsum, Chicago's own Andrew Huff produced the first permanent satellite 20x2 Chicago show in 2013, with shows now happening twice annually.

Visit 20x2 Chicago here for the latest news on the next show, to connect with us on getting involved, or to pose a question of your own. And come see 20x2 live! It's the best way to enjoy two hours of dynamic originality you'll never forget.

The Hideout
1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
$10 online or at the door — all ages
Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm

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6:00 PM18:00

Rust Belt Chicago Literary Anthology Release Party

Join Belt Publishing in celebrating the release of Rust Belt Chicago, a collection of essays, journalism, poetry, and fiction edited by Martha Bayne. The pieces in this collection tell the vibrant and culturally rich history of this great city, all together singing a forlorn love song to a place similarly marked, if less evident, by deindustrialization and economic decline as Rust Belt sister cities. 

Featuring drink specials, brief readings by Britt Julious, Kathleen Rooney, Paul Durica,Toni Nealie, Rayshauna Gray, Zoe Zolbrod, David Isaacson, and Yana Kunichoff, plus a DJ set by Jake Austen. Free and open to the public. 

About the book:
Chicago is built on a foundation of meat and railroads and steel, but its identity long ago stretched past manufacturing. A city of opportunity from the get-go, it continues to lure new residents from around the world, and from across a region rocked by recession and deindustrialization. But the problems that plague the Belt don’t disappear once you get past Gary. In fact, they’re often amplified. Chicago’s glittering downtown towers stand in sharp contrast to the struggling south and west sides. A city defined by movement that’s the anchor of the Midwest, bound to its neighbors by a shared ecosystem and economy, Chicago’s complicated – both of the Belt and beyond it.

Rust Belt Chicago shares the myriad cultures in a single city marked by segregation, corrupt politics, and extreme temperatures, but also by fierce hometown pride, architectural marvels, and rich histories worth retelling.


Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642

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to May 13

Audio for Good at Harvard Business School's Innovation Lab

Audio For Good is a hackfest where participants are challenged to make projects that help us hear one another and amplify stories that need to be told.

While stories are timeless, mediums change, with technologies like speech to text, bots, and voice interactive assistants (e.g. Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Google) arising in a golden age of podcasts.

Voices from the dark outside a campfire, a brave storyteller alone on stage, a poet rapid fire spitting rhymes with a beat, a podcaster's whispered tale of one life in millions of ears, a broadcaster revealing tragedy — our very lives are made of the stories we hear and tell.

Why does audio matter? It matters because it moves us. 

For the event, participants will gather on Friday, hear inspiring keynotes, and then dig in to pitching ideas and forming teams.

Work continues until Saturday afternoon, when projects will be presented to the group and an august panel for feedback, followed by a celebration and after party!

Organized by PRX, Radio Public, and HBS' Digital Initiative / Sponsored by SONOS

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1:45 PM13:45

Boston GLOW's #NotABarbie Career and Empowerment Conference: Public Speaking Workshop

The #NotABarbie Career and Empowerment Conference aims to provide guidance and build community among women and trans* professionals who are uninspired by “lean in” thinking. We seek to uplift and validate the characteristics that make women great employees, entrepreneurs, and leaders. 

This day-long conference is hosted by Boston GLOW (www.bostonglow.org) and features over 20 speakers in 3 breakout sessions and 3 keynote speakers. 

This workshop focuses on helping participants understand the public speaking/presentation style that is most natural and effective for them, and strategies for how to navigate a culture that is hostile to women’s voices. The group will discuss the role cultural traditions and values can play in communication styles, and look critically at the messages that discourage women's voices from public spaces. The workshop uses a combination of small group exercises, discussions, and stories to identify strategies to speak more confidently and resist imposter syndrome.

Speakers: Dave Rini (BARCC) and Rayshauna Gray (Tufts and Harvard Business School)

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8:30 AM08:30

The New England Humanities and Technology Camp 2017

THATCamp New England 2017 will be held on Sat. March 25, 2017 at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. The primary focus of this camp is Digital Pedagogy. Registration will open February 1st. We are pleased to offer room for up to 90 participants, on a first-come, first served basis. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Organizers are Profs. Ella Howard (Wentworth Institute of Technology) and Jessica Parr (UNH & Simmons College).


Franky Abbott, Curation and Education Strategist, Digital Public Library of America

Evan Thornberry, Geospatial and Reference Librarian, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library

Brian Croxall, Digital Humanities Librarian, Brown University Library & Center for Digital Scholarship

Molly Hardy, DH Curator, American Antiquarian Society

Nancy Heywood, Digital Projects Coordinator, Massachusetts Historical Society

Marta Crilly, Archivist for Reference and Outreach, Boston City Archives

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6:30 PM18:30

Hostelling International Boston: Traveling While Black Panel

In celebration of Black History Month and Hostelling International's mission, HI Boston will be hosting a Traveling While Black panel. Our panel of Black travelers will discuss how identity and travel have intersected during their experiences exploring the world. The panel will discuss the following topics: travel accessibility, cultural norms abroad, the increase of Black travelers, obstacles, and racism. Audience members will also be invited to ask questions at the end of the panel. Light refreshments will be provided.

Panel: Amma Marfo, Obehi Janice, Nakia Navarro, and Rayshauna Gray

Location: HI Boston Hostel, 19 Stuart Street, Boston, MA (RSVP)

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to Feb 26

MisInfoCon by MIT's Media Lab and The Nieman Foundation for Journalism

MisinfoCon is a community of people focused on the challenge of misinformation and what can be done to address it. The gathering seeks to strengthen the trustworthiness of information across the entire news ecosystem: journalism, platform, community, verification, fact checking and reader experience.

Bringing together participants from different backgrounds to lead discussions and develop and test product prototypes, our goal is to connect leaders and develop actionable steps on how the various sectors can work together.

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to Jan 28

ORD Camp 2017

ORD Camp is a two day, invitation-only unconference in Chicago. It’s a time to collect together the best minds in the Midwest and beyond, to spark new ideas and spread old ideas. People from many different fields and many different walks of life get together and share, teach, and learn about uniquely interesting topics.

The one thing that all invitees have in common is that they are exceptionally passionate about what they do. 

Location: Google Chicago

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1:15 PM13:15

New England Museum Association's 2016 Conference

Offensive Objects: Displaying Work with Problematic Histories

Every visitor has a unique perspective and that means each visitor’s experience with an object will be unique. Not everyone will (or can) have a purely aesthetic or formal experience with an object. Objects with problematic histories need special attention. For the sake of this workshop, we’ll be defining “offensive” as objects that depict racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, colonialism, or imperialism. Hear from museum professionals from Mystic Seaport, as well as Jan Crocker, Exhibits Manager at Heritage Museums & Gardens, and Margaret Middleton, independent exhibit designer. Discuss what makes an object offensive, learn about strategies for addressing problematic objects, and participate in a reimagining of the display and interpretation of real objects from the Mystic Seaport collection.

Location: Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea (Mystic, CT)

Facilitators: Jan Crocker, Exhibit Manager, Heritage Museums & Gardens, MA; Margaret Middleton, Independent Designer, RI

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