Galleries of Contemporary Art
Chit Chat: Empathy & Bread

Chit Chat: Empathy & Bread

October 2, 2018 | 6:30 PM

GOCA Education Studio

UCCS Anthropology faculty Kimbra Smith will share her research and projects on building empathy between people, while David McInnis, owner of Nightingale Bread at Lincoln Center in Colorado Springs, will chat about bread and the story of his becoming a baker - with a bounty of samples of his artisan breads!

ChitChat is a series of mash-up talks on contemporary culture and DIY topics. Programs feature two speakers giving 20 minute talks, hands-on and participatory learning, and a whole lot of lively conversation. This program sparks diverse discussions on contemporary life-specifically in the Pikes Peak Region-and features some of the most interesting minds in Colorado Springs. We are in our 5th season of this popular series; join us and reserve your seat today!

ChitChat tickets include snacks + beverages, two speakers, lively conversation, and more fun than you can shake a stick at.

About the Speakers:
David McInnis is owner of Nightingale Bread, a craft bake shop on the north end of downtown Colorado Springs at Lincoln Center. The shop features a 1,000-pound pink granite mill from which Nightingale makes naturally leavened breads and superb pastries with organic, heirloom grains from small farms. David McInnis is originally from New York and began making bread after working on a vineyard in the Finger Lakes region. From the winery he made his way over to Wide Awake Bakery, where he worked for three years. He settled in Colorado Springs in 2015 and opened Nightingale two years later.

Dr. Kimbra Smith is a cultural and applied anthropologist concerned with how communities challenge persistent inequalities and negotiate around and within oppressive political and economic systems. Her most recent theoretical work considered fluidity and the creation of fields of interactive practice as indigenous methodologies of decolonization (Practically Invisible: Coastal Ecuador, Tourism, and the Politics of Authenticity, Vanderbilt UP, 2015). Smith's applied projects have included a community-based initiative to produce alternative pedagogies for rural indigenous schools in Ecuador, the development of local applied community theatre projects, and initiatives increasing access to and knowledge of labor rights for immigrant workers within the U.S. Smith recently completed a year of research in Catalunya, Spain, followed by ongoing local work in Colorado, on the potential for applied community theatre to reveal shared experience and enhance empathy among participants from different backgrounds.