Articles tagged: education

Friday at 6:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Dr. Jessica Esquivel

Dr. Jessica Esquivel is a recent Ph.D graduate in Physics and is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Fermilab. Dr. Esquivel is one of fewer than ~150 black women with a Ph.D in Physics in the United States. She is on the Muon g-2 experiment studying the electron’s heavier brother, the muon. Fermilab explores the universe at the smallest and largest scales in order to study the fundamental particles and forces that govern the universe. This presentation will discuss groundbreaking work being done at Fermilab and Jessica’s path to becoming a physicist.

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Sunday at 10:00 AM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Anthony Jones

A live demonstration of an original character design using traditional means, via Paper, Pencil

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Sunday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Jabari Exum

Jabari Exum, drummer, actor, and storyteller was the choreographer and dummer on the movie Black Panther. He has studied indigenous people and their practices that promote health and healing including resilient skin, resistant immune system function, vitality, fitness, spirituality, speed and flexibility, anti-aging, and connection to the planet. In this session Jabari will share his observations, views, and practices for health and well-being and where to find Vibranium in our everyday life. Bring your curiosity and questions!

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All weekend

Chicago Mobile Makers is a nonprofit organization that offers youth workshops encompassing design, architecture, digital fabrication, basic construction and place-making in Chicago communities. Come stop by for an exploration in making, creating and crafting that addresses community, equity and justice.

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Sunday at 12:00 PM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Allison Manswell

This session takes a deep dive into the Black Panther movie as a tool toleverage the messages and momentum as a movement to build our community. Specifically, it addresses themes related to our communities, our careers, and our relationships. Participants are provided with individual actions, partnering strategies and community activities that can be implemented on a small scale to generate significant impact.

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Friday at 5:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Aja McClanahan

Aja McClanahan, Quilen Blackwell, Toni Husbands and 2-3 other panelists (TBD) of the Chicago EcoHouse talk about technological advances in the inner-city (Chicago’s south side community of Englewood) that focus on entrepreneurship through STEM initiatives and financial literacy.

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Saturday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 2

Hosted by Carla M. Kupe-Arion, Esq.

The dynamics between T'Challa and Killmonger depicted in Black Panther brought to the forefront a phenomenon that usually occurs in private circles or sometimes in academia: Oppression Olympics between African-born or Africans and American-born or "rooted" Black people. The differences in reactions to the movie have reignited a discussion this panel seeks to have.

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Saturday at 12:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Lando Tosaya

Afrofuturism: a transdisciplinary subgenre of Science Fiction, representing the changing relations of science as it pertained to African American history and future history. Starting with the Golden Age of Science Fiction in 1938, this panel aims to create an Afrofuturistic timeline from years past to current.

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Saturday at 12:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Jeff Carroll

The Monster Panel is traveling sci-fi panel which has the energy of a Hip Hop event. It is a fun, entertaining and informative panel of Science Fiction creators who discuss the stories behind the big happenings in the world of Sci-fi. Television, movies, comics, video games and books will be a part of the conversation.

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Friday at 7:00 PM

Salon C Room 4

Hosted by Professor Anthony Jackson

Wakandacon youth participants ages 9-14 will enjoy Professor Jackson’s fun workshop, designed to demystify electricity   highlight its properties, showing how it fits into the world of technology. Using Tesla coil capacitor basics and the Van de Graaff generator, Professor Jackson will increase understanding of electricity, the force that stands at the center of modern technology. Professor Jackson currently serves as a technology consultant and is a lifelong technology innovator and enthusiast and has earned degrees in both Physics and Computer Science from University of Illinois and Governor State University. He is currently collaborating with the Cousins Empowered Optimist Club of Chicago to provide youth coding skill development.

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Saturday at 11:00 AM

Salon C Room 3

Hosted by Kyla Williams

The Shuri Project by the Henry Williams Love Foundation is a six-week summer technology mentoring program for girls ages 8-12 with the goals of keeping them safe while building self-esteem and increasing their tech aptitude. We will bring our instructors and some of the girls in our program to co-present a workshop and do a live demo of the websites they have built.

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Saturday at 3:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Keisha Howard

Are you a Super Geek and having a hard time finding your passion in the REAL WORLD? Well you are in luck! We have assembled a group of panelists that have turned their geek passions into their profession and we want to help you do the same. We want to answer questions like - "How do I promote my skills?," "Where are the best places to network besides Comic and Video Game meetups?" and "What are some of the overlapping skills that as a geek - gives me a competitive advantage?"

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Friday at 6:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Clarence Hogan

Invoke the spirit of The Black Panther by recalling the contributions Black people have made to the world by looking to the past to learn more about our future. In turn, we hope to encourage participants to become Peace Makers that use STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to promote peace in our communities.

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Saturday at 1:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Lamar Wilson & Lafe Taylor

Come hear from blockchain fin-tech startup Hijro co-founders Lamar Wilson and Lafe Taylor, as they share their passion and energy around financial collaboration and cryptocurrencies. Using their experience at Hijro, their goal is to educate, inspire and cultivate discussions on the endless possibilities this technology can provide.

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Sunday at 1:00 PM

Salon A Room 1

Hosted by Jesse J. Holland

Learn the secrets of T'challa that the hit Black Panther film didn't tell you from author Jesse J. Holland who wrote "Who is the Black Panther?: The Black Panther, the book that Marvel Entertainment commissioned Jesse to write for the movie.

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Sunday at 12:00 PM

Salon C Room 1

Hosted by Brittany Miriki

We all wish we could work in Wakanda, where women and men are treated as equals and melanin flows everywhere you go. Unfortunately, that’s often not our reality. In this event, Sistas in STEM will host an open discussion on gender equality in the STEM workforce. We’ll expose the issues we face working in the industry, and explore ways to change the culture. Together we can embrace the equality we desperately need and empower those seeking a little support. What indifferences have you faced on the rise through your career? How can you help change this culture?

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