What in the world is PechaKucha? Find out Feb. 15

For the second year in a row, Fermilab is hosting a rapid-fire lecture event organized by the Batavia chapter of PechaKucha 20×20. In the PechaKucha lecture format – named after the word for “chit-chat” in Japanese – each speaker presents exactly 20 slides, which are shown for exactly 20 seconds each, for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds.

PechaKucha topics vary widely, and the Feb. 15 event is no exception. Topics at the Fermilab event range from Tolkein fandom to community-supported agriculture, with particle physics liberally sprinkled in thanks to Fermilab physicist Daniel Bowring, archivist Valerie Higgins, user and University of Tennessee Knoxville professor Sowjanya Gollapinni, and 2017 artist-in-residence Jim Jenkins.

The lecture format isn’t the only thing that sets PechaKucha apart: The event also includes food and beverage sales by Batavia restaurant Rivers Edge Bar and Grill and Taher before the event and during intermission. Starting at 5:30 p.m. dinner and dessert will be available for purchase. The Art Gallery on the second floor will also be open, with artist Jim Jenkins available during intermission to discuss his artwork.

Come see your colleagues and fellow community members discuss — in under seven minutes — what they’re most passionate about, and maybe chit-chat with others. Tickets for the lecture event, which starts at 7 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, are $5 and are available online or at the door. Tickets at the door and all food and beverage sales are cash only.

Katie Yurkewicz is the Fermilab assistant director for communications.