By Jay Pham
Students of Pensacola State College (PSC) are fortunate to have instructors that engage the students and are willing to go the extra mile to engage with the community.
PSC instructors Amber Carey and Andrew Barbero represented the college by presenting at the innovative PechaKucha (PKN) Volume 11 event held at First City Arts Center on Jan. 6.
The theme of Volume 11 was “Celebrate!” bringing together presenters and audience members of diverse backgrounds to discuss different aspects of that topic.
Carey is a Spanish instructor and Robinson Honors Program director at PSC. She spoke about the benefits of learning a different language at a young age.
Barbero is the Lyceum series director and instructor of history and humanities. He celebrated history and teaching by presenting his favorite course slides to the audience.
In 2003, PKN was founded with the intention of perfecting concise presentation. It uniquely utilizes a 20×20 format, where each presenter has 20 slides and 20 seconds each slide to speak about their topic of choice based on a theme.
“Any opportunities to spread art and culture in the public sphere– those are great things, and I’m happy to be a part of them,” Barbero said.
Other presenters included:
- Christian Wagley, Gulf Restoration Network advocate and Slow Ride Pensacola coordinator
- Troy Moon, Pensacola News Journal feature reporter and columnist
- Josh Green, artist and co-organizer of Creative Circle
- Angie West-Robinson, executive director of the African American Heritage Society (AAHS)
“I think it is amazing, I think it’s a great opportunity to hear all different perspectives about topics I never even would have thought to research,” Carey said.
Even though Carey is a seasoned teacher, being a first-time presenter at PKN, the 20×20 format kept her on her feet.
“I do this for a living. I stand and speak in front of people, with slides as well, daily. However, it’s a little different speaking in front of a diverse crowd. I enjoyed it, but it is a little nerve-racking.”
It was also Barbero’s first time presenting, although he wouldn’t mind coming back a second time. He didn’t expect how difficult adhering to the 20 seconds would be.
“It was interesting being both a participant and an audience member for the first time,” Barbero said. “As a historian, I’m used to getting into detail. It’s tough, it’s really tough.”
PKN, which translates to “chit-chat” or “blah-blah” in Japanese, spread to Pensacola in Nov. 2014. Volume 11 was coordinated by Felipe Munoz, Becca Carlson, Marina Christina and Chris Jadallah.
Beer was sponsored by the Emerald Republic Brewing Company to help warm guests on the chilly night, with hot coffee being generously provided by Open Books Bookstore.
More information on the event can be found at www.pechakucha.org/cities/pensacola.