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When I’m is not studying, my interests include volunteering as a public history and industrial heritage tour guide(think “grains and trains”), social activism, rail-fanning, biking, alternative print media, sewing, and photography.

I really enjoy tinkering around with computers and programming languages when I’m not using them for work. If given the chance, I will heavily proselytize R while trying to convince you to convert to a Zotero-Rmarkdown/Quarto notetaking workflow and to turn that old MacBook into a dedicated Linux machine (sorry in advance).

I also spend a lot of time in what I call “The Retirement Community” which consists of 2 sassy geriatric cats, nicknamed “The Grandparents”, and the botanic garden in my house.

Public History Lectures

In addition to providing public history tours in Chicago’s Edgewater and Albany Park community areas, as well as a Transit Tour on the Brown Line, I have given several public lectures:

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) “From Here to There: The History and Future of Chicago’s Transportation”
Monday May 3rd, 2021 at 6 PM EDT on Facebook Live/YouTube Live

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Chicago for Chicagoans “​Trolleys and Trouble: Chicago’s Traction Wars”
January 22, 2021 6:00pm CST via Facebook Live & Google Meet

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Chicago for Chicagoans “Advertise Judiciously: A History of Advertising in Chicago”
June 1, 2020 6:30pm CST via Facebook Live

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