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September 18, 2020 5:00–7:00 pm
Special Topics

Latinx Heritage Month Kickoff: El Poder de la Comunidad (The Power of Community)

Partnership with DukeCreate & Mi Gente

Taught by Dr. Lauren Czaplicki & Members of Mi Gente

About the Workshop

Join Mi Gente for this two-part event as they mark the start of their Latinx Heritage Month celebration and talk about what it means to be part of the Latinx community!

Part I: 5-6pm | Part II: 6-7pm

Part I (5-6pm):  Participate in a free-art session from 5-6pm, led by members of Mi Gente. REGISTER FOR SUPPLIES HERE. The first 30 Durham-based students to register via the link above will be provided with supplies for Part I of this event at no cost. An email will be sent for on-campus pickup instructions.

Part II (6-7pm): Hear from keynote speaker and alumnae, Dr. Lauren Czaplicki, on the power of community. Open to all, no registration required!

About the Instructor

Lauren Czaplicki, PhD, is a Duke Alumna, environmental engineer, teacher, artist, science communicator, and entrepreneur based out of Longmont, CO.  She is passionate about finding ways to soften our impact on the environment and inspiring others to do so. She takes a genomic approach to identifying fungal communities and designs mycoremediation strategies to harness the abilities of native fungi. She has written multiple research articles about her innovative mycoremediation approach harnessing native soil fungi to address legacy pollutants. The American Society of Civil Engineers featured one of her articles in their 60th Anniversary State-of-the-Art Reviews. Lauren is a past Duke Superfund trainee, Pratt School of Engineering Fellow, and Dean’s Graduate Fellow.

She works in watercolors and her pieces blend her love for nature with her scientific approach. Her overall goal is to make mycoremediation, and more broadly, science, more accessible so that everyone can participate and benefit from it! In her downtime, Lauren can be found playing with new recipes for tamales in her kitchen, skiing, fly fishing, or spending time with her dogs.

About the Location

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. See link at top of page.

About DukeCreate

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are typically held weeknights 6-8pm.

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance. Registration for the following week’s DukeCreate workshops goes live on Friday mornings – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot!  Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).