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Designer and Educator Mira Henry to Present ‘Kitchen Table Talk’ Lecture Online on Oct. 12


Rough Coat, an architectural installation.
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Rough Coat, an architectural installation.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Mira Henry will present a virtual lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, as part of the fall lecture series in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. Henry is co-principal of the collaborative architectural design practice, Current Interests, which she runs with her design partner Matthew Au. She is also a member of the design faculty at Southern California Institute for Architecture and is currently visiting faculty at Princeton University.

Henry’s built work is grounded in notions of material specificity, color relationships, assembly details and an engagement in critical cultural thinking. Her formal research and writing focus on architecture, race and materiality. She is the recipient of the 2019 Architectural League Prize, Henry Adams AIA Award and Archiprix International Gold Medal. Recent publications can be found in the journals Log and Pidgin. She received a Bachelor in Art History from the University of Chicago and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Fay Jones School’s fall lecture series focuses on issues of equity and justice in the built environment. The series is presented in collaboration with Places Journal, an internationally respected online journal of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism, and the University of Arkansas Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The series is also made possible in part by a gift from Ken and Liz Allen of Fayetteville, part of an overall set of commitments the Allens have made to the school’s programs and initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Registration for the entire lecture series is available on Zoom.

In her lecture, “Kitchen Table Talk,” Henry will sit at a table in a small room next to her kitchen as children likely flicker in and out of

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The quick and easy way to pick your kitchen lighting

Styling up a kitchen, whether it’s crafting a brand-new one from scratch or just touching up your current cooking space, means juggling a myriad of different elements. There’s the colour palette to consider, the type of layout you favour, and don’t forget about window treatment, storage… and lighting. Lighting remains one of the most crucial components of any space, kitchen or otherwise. And once you realise that every other piece in your kitchen (from the island to your choice in appliances) can either complement or detract from your lighting design, it makes the inclusion of PROPER lighting all the more valuable. One professional in South Africa who clearly has no qualms or worries when it comes to styling up kitchens (among other spaces) is Deborah Garth Interior Design International. Founded by professional interior designer Deborah Garth back in 1992, this award-winning company, which is located in Johannesburg, has been inspiring lovers of interior design with one eye-catching project after another. One look at the Deborah Garth Interior Design portfolio will also confirm a delicious assortment of high-end residential-, corporate-, and retail designs throughout Johannesburg, Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal, and Cape Town. Let’s be inspired by some of Deborah Garth Interior Design’s most memorable culinary-space designs while learning all about kitchen lighting.

1. Choosing your kitchen lighting




a kitchen with a sink and a window: 1. Choosing your kitchen lighting


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1. Choosing your kitchen lighting

What sort of lighting you require will depend on how you, and your household, make use of your kitchen. If your kitchen also doubles up as your dining space, maybe consider dimming the lights for a less harsh, more subtle/romantic vibe. And if you’re lucky enough to have a super spacious kitchen, how about adding more lights to certain areas (like task lighting

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OUR NEIGHBORS | Job Corps kitchen duo says cooking for others can be form of love | Features

Barbara Bishop and Carol Laster believe cooking food for others can be an expression of love, and when you cook for hundreds of people a day, there’s a lot of love to go around.

Bishop, 63, and Laster, 61, both of Manhattan, have each worked in the Flint Hills Job Corps Center’s kitchen for more than 20 years.

Bishop began working part time at the Job Corps, a technical education training program, in 1997 after she retired from the military. She and her husband became stationed at Fort Riley in 1991, though both are from Arkansas, and have stayed in the area over since. Over the years, Bishop eventually worked up to becoming the kitchen manager.

Laster, the lead cook, initially began working at the Job Corps around 1993. The Baltimore, Maryland, native said she initially moved to the area in the early 90s to be closer to a family member. There were a couple years in between that she worked elsewhere, she said, but she returned to the Job Corps afterward.

Bishop is responsible for overseeing the overall management of the kitchen and helping where needed, and Laster executes the ideas and day-to-day cooking with the help of four other kitchen staff.

“We have students here from all walks of life and most will tell me what they like to eat or what they eat in their country, and they just give me a recipe,” Laster said. “They just give me an idea for it and I just research and make it.”

Before the pandemic, the kitchen staff served about 600 people a day for breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks. Now, however, they serve about 75 because fewer students are living on campus. While Bishop said she can’t wait to reopen fully and see everyone, she is taking advantage

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OUR NEIGHBORS | Job Corps kitchen duo | Features

Barbara Bishop and Carol Laster believe cooking food for others can be an expression of love, and when you cook for hundreds of people a day, there’s a lot of love to go around.

Bishop, 63, and Laster, 61, both of Manhattan, have each worked in the Flint Hills Job Corps Center’s kitchen for more than 20 years.

Bishop began working part time at the Job Corps, a technical education training program, in 1997 after she retired from the military. She and her husband became stationed at Fort Riley in 1991, though both are from Arkansas, and have stayed in the area over since. Over the years, Bishop eventually worked up to becoming the kitchen manager.

Laster, the lead cook, initially began working at the Job Corps around 1993. The Baltimore, Maryland, native said she initially moved to the area in the early 90s to be closer to a family member. There were a couple years in between that she worked elsewhere, she said, but she returned to the Job Corps afterward.

Bishop is responsible for overseeing the overall management of the kitchen and helping where needed, and Laster executes the ideas and day-to-day cooking with the help of four other kitchen staff.

“We have students here from all walks of life and most will tell me what they like to eat or what they eat in their country, and they just give me a recipe,” Laster said. “They just give me an idea for it and I just research and make it.”

Before the pandemic, the kitchen staff served about 600 people a day for breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks. Now, however, they serve about 75 because fewer students are living on campus. While Bishop said she can’t wait to reopen fully and see everyone, she is taking advantage

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Kitchen gear that makes for delicious gifts

It’s been a difficult and unusual year for most of us—just the kind of year that could be improved by extra generosity this holiday season. The shortening days and cooling air are a good reminder to start thinking about what to give those special people in your life, especially the loved ones whose worlds have been turned upside down recently.



a vase of flowers on a kitchen counter: What's on your shopping list?


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What’s on your shopping list?



a vase of flowers on a kitchen counter: What's on your shopping list?


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What’s on your shopping list?

It’s impossible to offer a pitch-perfect gift idea for every person on our readers’ lists (though we’re going to try) and so it seemed appropriate to first offer some ideas in broad categories to get the creative process started.



Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender


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Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender

If you have any specific product questions—or a friend who really has you stumped this year—feel free to reach out on the PopSci Deals Facebook group or by contacting Popular Science’s Commerce Editor Billy Cadden directly. Prime Day is also coming up on October 13th, so make sure to keep an eye out for deals.



a close up of a logo: Knapp Made Original CM Scrubber 4" Chainmail Scrubber


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Knapp Made Original CM Scrubber 4″ Chainmail Scrubber

If none of the products below speak to you, you could always browse these curated gift guides on Amazon. Here are some of the most popular categories:



Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender


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Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender

The Vitamix A3500 Ascent series smart blender is our top pick. This advanced blender can be controlled via the Vitamix Perfect Blend App. The app gives you access to over 500 recipes and 17 blending programs. Five of the most common programs settings are accessible via the touch screen, so you don’t have to use your phone if you don’t want. Use the 64-ounce container to whip up large batches

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