Friday, February 28, 2014

What the heck is Pecha Kechu? Not familiar? 

Pecha Kucha began in Tokyo, Japan in 2003, and is now used in over 700 cities! 

Pecha Kucha is a powerpoint presentation (or similar) that is set to automatically advance slides every 20 seconds, with a limit of 20 slides. That is, you have 20 slides of 20 seconds each, totaling six minutes and 40 seconds for your presentation. They're often held in laid-back venues, such as coffee shops, restaurants, or bars. I believe the goal is obvious; Pechu Kucha is designed to keep presentations concise and informative. We all know of at least one speaker that cannot ever seem to wrap things up! The topics for Pecha Kucha are of course diverse, but they often tell a story, use lots of humor, and/or share a creative new idea. 

In lieu of Florida Archaeology Month (FAM) 2014, FPAN Northeast is compiling (and collaborating!) on a variety of exciting and educational outreach events all month long--See our FAM 2014 website calendar for a full list. 

One of which will be FPAN's first attempt at some archaeology-related Pechu Kucha presentations. Our Pecha Kucha night is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4th from 6-8pm at Cafe Karibou in Fernandina Beach. FPAN NE and East-Central staff decided on a playful theme, "Archaeology Fetishes," where we'll talk about those objects and ideas most dear to archaeologists. 

As a sneak peak, topics include: 

Majolica Manicures, by Sarah Miller 

Archaeology Attire, by Ryan Harke

Archaeologists Love for Beer by Emily Jane Murray


The Archaeologist's Trowel, by Kevin Gidusko

Hope to see you on Tuesday evening for some concise and funny archaeology-themed Pecha Kuchas, and that you're already out there thinking about hosting a Pecha Kucha night of your own! Until next time. 

Text and Images, Ryan Harke, Kevin Gidusko, Emily Jane Murray, and Sarah Miller. Full credit to for dog meme. Full Credit to Pecha Kuchatm  for use of their logo. 

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