Meet the Faculty of Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Dr. K. E. Goldschmitt is Assistant Professor of Music at Wellesley College. They hold a bachelor’s degree from University of California (Los Angeles), a master’s degree from the University of California (San Diego), and a Ph.D. from the University of California (Los Angeles). Dr. Goldschmitt previously held faculty positions at University of Cambridge, New College of Florida, and Colby College. Goldschmitt specializes in Brazilian popular music, film music, and the global media industries. They have been studying Brazilian music and the Portuguese language since 2005 and have conducted field research in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Their publications include articles on Brazilian music in Nike’s Joga Bonito campaign for the 2006 World Cup, a musical meme in film soundtracks and film trailers, and samba and funk in Brazilian gangster films. Their book, Bossa Mundo: Brazilian Music in Transnational Media Industries was published by Oxford University Press in 2020 and they are the co-editor for the Journal of Popular Music Studies. Goldschmitt teaches classes on popular music history, anthropology of music, and history of jazz and participates in the Latin American Studies program.

Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita of Framingham State University, has had an extensive career in higher education, including 43 years in teaching and senior level administrative positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Queens College, a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She received an Andrew Dickson White Fellowship to Cornell, two Woodrow Wilson Fellowships, was a Radcliffe Fellow, and an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellow. Dr. Heineman was chair of the English Department at Framingham State University, and was then appointed Academic Vice President. In 1999, Dr. Heineman became President of Framingham State University, where she served until retiring in 2006. She has published four books and numerous articles in the field of Victorian literature. Dr. Heineman now spends her retirement years traveling, writing, and teaching in Framingham’s Adventures in Lifelong Learning program.

Donna Melanson received her B.A. in Art and Psychology from Regis College, with a certification in Art Therapy from Lesley College. Believing that the process of making art is as important as the result, she teaches new skills, encourages creative ideas, and helps students bring their innate artist out. The joy of creating results in beautiful work. Donna has enjoyed teaching art at deCordova Museum, at her own studio – Silk and Clay Studio, in Maynard, MA, and most recently at Danforth Art Museum. In addition to teaching, she creates scarves and art quilts from her hand-painted silk. Please see and

Dr. David Smailes is an Associate Professor in the Political Science department at Framingham State University. He joined the Framingham State community in the fall of 2017 after teaching for many years at both Westfield State University and Regis College. Dr. Smailes teaches undergraduate courses in American politics and public administration at Framingham State. He also serves as the Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate program at FSU, where he is also an instructor for several graduate courses. Originally from Wooster, Ohio, Dr. Smailes earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster in 1981, where he graduated with department honors and election to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his PhD in political science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1992. His research focuses on American political history with a focus on the presidency.

Karen White is a registered dietitian who teaches at Framingham State University. Karen started her education at the University of Maine at Farmington and received her bachelors and master’s degrees at FSU in nutrition. Her background includes working as a clinical dietitian, dietitian for Hannaford Supermarkets, adjunct faculty member at FSU since 2006 and producer of her own cable TV show out of Westborough called Heathy Bites. Karen is passionate about teaching and loves to do cooking demos.