Meet the Faculty of Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Photo of adventures in lifelong learning instructor Barbara Berenson

Barbara F. Berenson is the author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (2018), Boston in the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution (2014), and Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism (2011, 2d ed. 2014). She is the co-editor of Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts (2012). Barbara earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her law degree from Harvard Law School. She is on the boards of Boston By Foot and the Royall House & Slave Quarters. She worked as a Senior Attorney at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court until June 2019. She has taught a course on woman suffrage at Tufts University. She is currently a lecturer at Harvard Law School. Please see

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.

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.