What is Pecha Kucha, you ask?
Pecha Kucha is what “Show and Tell” always dreamed of becoming—it's a storytelling format in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds per presentation. Throughout the evening, ten ISB community members will give the audience a glimpse of their inspiration, their stories, and their work through these fast-paced presentations.
Pecha Kucha is a favorite event in our community that you won't want to miss!
Purchase your tickets here to join us on Thursday, December 1st, from 6:30pm-8:30pm for a night of inspiration and entertainment in support of the Annual Fund for Excellence!
INTRODUCING OUR 2022 PRESENTERS...
Ken Chen, Associate Director of Creative Writing and Professor at Barnard
Ken Chen's poetry collection, Juvenilia, was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets by Louise Glück, who wrote, “Like only the best poets, Ken Chen makes with his voice a new category.” He has published work in Best American Essays, N+1, The Nation, The New Republic, Frieze, The New Inquiry, Poetry, and NPR’s All Things Considered. From 2008 to 2019, Chen served as the Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. He also co-founded the cultural website Arts & Letters Daily and CultureStrike, a national arts organization dedicated to migrant justice.
Sebastien Grouard, Scenic Designer
Sebastien was born in Paris, France and spent parts of his childhood living abroad, including 10 years in the Persian Gulf, before moving to Quebec and eventually the United States. Always passionate about the arts, he began his career as a theatrical Scenic Designer working in New York City and regionally, and over the years has extended his credits to include television and film. In the last decade, he shifted his focus to events and has now designed installations for festivals such as San Diego Comic Con, South by Southwest, and the Cannes Lions.
Sebastien is the proud father of two daughters, and his eldest graduated from ISB in 2022. As a member of the ISB community, Sebastien has been a class parent, served on the PA and, in 2020, joined the ISB Board of trustees.
Antar P. Jones, Esq., Founder and Sole Member of the Law Office of Antar P. Jones, PLLC
Antar P. Jones is a native New Yorker, having grown up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He is an alumnus of Manhattan Country School, The Bronx High School of Science, and Brooklyn College. In 1997, Antar moved to Brooklyn when, as a working pianist, he purchased a landmark five-story brownstone in Clinton Hill. After moving to Clinton Hill, Antar became the Founder and President of the Grand Avenue Putnam-Gates Block Association, where he led a coalition of block associations and individuals to successfully pressure the Metropolitan Transport Authority to open a local train station entrance.
Antar is the founder of the Law Office of Antar P. Jones, PLLC, located in Brooklyn, New York. His practice concerns, among other things, advising estate fiduciaries and successful individuals concerning real property matters in addition to income and estate taxation questions.
Mr. Jones’ practice involves many complex estate administration and postmortem taxation issues. In addition, he has represented individuals, beneficiaries, and executors in multi-court litigated matters. Mr. Jones, who has an LL.M in Taxation from New York Law School, is an active member of the New York State Bar Association. He is also a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association where he is chair of the Surrogate’s Court Committee. Mr. Jones is an adjunct professor at New York Law School where he teaches Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts: Subchapter J. Mr. Jones is also an avid pianist and Kyokushin karate practitioner.
Aleksandra Krotoski, Social Psychologist and Broadcaster
Aleks has been studying who we are online for almost 25 years. Her PhD looked at how we influence one another in online networks, and her most recent book, Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You, looked at scientific evidence from before and after the digital revolution to see how much has actually changed - at a social and individual level. She’s been the host of BBC Radio 4’s Digital Human for over a decade, documenting who we are in a world where technology is mundane, and lately has spent her professional life investigating online wrongdoings, oversteps and frauds. To the under-8 set, she’s mostly known as, “that person who makes the crazy cakes for birthday parties.”
Marcy Levy, Adolescent Development Manager at UNICEF New York
Marcy works with the Adolescent team at UNICEF New York, with a focus on mental health, parenting of adolescents and adolescent parenting, and youth-led advocacy. She has over 20 years of experience working throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean managing programs in HIV, mental health, adolescent empowerment, and gender-based violence. Prior to joining UNICEF, she worked with John Snow, Inc. (JSI) as Co-Director for the JSI/World Education Center for HIV and Infectious Diseases; and with a number of international and local organizations. She began her career as a documentary photographer in Zimbabwe, working with children to document their own lives, which fueled her passion for supporting young people to share their perspectives and find their voice. She has a Master's in Population and International Health and is the parent of James Hasenplaugh (S-1) and his older sister Ella.
T.R. Ludwig, Co-founder and CEO of Brooklyn SolarWorks
Chi Ossé, New York City Council Member
Chi Ossé is the Council Member for New York City’s 36th District, representing Bedford-Stuyvesant and North Crown Heights. He entered politics as an organizer and prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter movement. At 23 years old, Ossé was elected in 2021 as the youngest member of this Council and its only member hailing from Gen-Z.
Guillaume Roper-Sirvent, History Teacher, Actor, Writer, and Theater Director
Guillaume Roper-Sirvent grew up in the south of France, graduated from Montpellier University as a History and Geography teacher, and started his teaching career in 2005. He moved to Paris in 2006 and worked there for 7 years, before moving to New York in 2013. He has been working in both public and private schools, in France and in the United States, and he has been teaching in ISB’s Middle School French Individuals and Department since 2019.
While he was a college student, Guillaume started to take acting classes at night, after his History and Geography classes. When he moved to Paris in 2006, he studied acting in different schools including “L'Atelier Théâtre Panis,” and he decided then to create his own acting company “Adieu Charlotte!” in 2009. He wrote and produced different shows with this company in Paris for three years.
When Guillaume moved to New York in 2013, he first studied improvisation at the UCB Theatre School. He later joined L’Atelier Théâtre NY, a French acting company, and participated with this company in Feydeau‘s La Dame de chez Maxim (2016) and Ionesco’s Tueurs sans gages (2017). In 2018, he produced a comedy entitled La Lumière à tous les étages, that he had written and showcased in Paris in 2012. In 2019, he directed another show for L’Atelier Theatre, based on the Marivaux masterpiece Le Jeu de l’amour et du hasard. The last play he wrote and directed, Le Monde d'@près, was produced at the same time in Paris and New York in May 2022.
Tae Won Yu, Artist and Book Designer
Growing up as an immigrant teen in New York in the 1980s, Tae attempted to navigate this new world by browsing his way through the city: through libraries, used bookstores, and record stores, by collecting whatever scraps and ephemera he found that seemed to hold something hidden, something that might help him decode the world. This hunger for looking and collecting informed his research for the bestselling Antiquarian Sticker Book series.
Jennifer Wynn, Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Stern School of Business
Jennifer Wynn is a Professor of Difficult Conversations at NYU Stern School of Business and the founder of Wynn Strategies, a consultancy focused on organizational transformation, change leadership, and healing. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Outschool, an innovative education platform whose mission is to inspire kids to love learning. Previously Jenn was the Director of Education at the Obama Foundation, a manager at McKinsey & Company, and a founding teacher and school leader of a middle school. She has an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, a M.Ed. from Hunter College, and an A.B. from Harvard College.