Several students in my graduate program are putting together this year’s graduate conference in Visual Studies at UCI: The Aesthetics of Austerity on April 4th and 5th, 2013. Last year, I participated in the “Pechakucha” event, which was a really interesting way to present research. “Pechakucha” (ペチャクチャ: chattering; chit-chat) is basically a presentation format that derives from Japan consisting of a 5-7 minute lightning presentation where your slides are timed to 20 seconds each and forward on their own. If you roll with it, it is a lot of fun! Will be curious to see everything this year from the other side of the room.