Good Trouble

FALL 2021

James Baldwin and the Contemporary Global Struggle
September 28th, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. Virtual Event - Direct Zoom Link

In the short film James Baldwin: From Another Place, Baldwin observes that “one sees it [the United States] better from a distance and you can make comparisons from another place from another country which you aren’t able to make in America because there is nothing to compare America to when you are there.” From Another Place showcases Baldwin’s deep engagement with systems of oppression during his residency in Istanbul and provides a place for him to reflect about his queer, Black, American identity in relation (and solidarity) with the “wretched of the earth” everywhere. Following the film, Dr. Rich Blint will explore this global perspective that Baldwin adopts during his years abroad and consider the ways in which Baldwin situates racism and oppression in the US within the broader architecture of colonialism and its aftermath.  

Mujeres Solidarias: Female Empowerment through Comics
September 29th, 2021, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event - Register Here

Pepita Sándwich (Argentina), Power Paola (Ecuador/Colombia), and Quan Zhou (Spain) unite for a conversation about female empowerment through comics and cartoon art. The panel will include a discussion about their work and the important role of cartoons in promoting antiracism and gender equality. In addition to the main panel event, Pepita Sándwich will provide an in-person workshop. If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please contact Joanne Britland in the World Language Program.  

Food as Activism in the Past and Present
October 5th, 2021, 4:30 p.m., Hybrid - Hemenway Hall 136 and available virtually.
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Learn about how food activism has caused "good trouble" and has shaped our community food systems. Featured speaker Dr. Jessica B. Harris, is an award-winning food historian and one of the world’s leading experts on African Diaspora cooking. She will be joined by a community food systems leader from Eastie Farm located in East Boston, MA.

Democratizing Schools: The African American Fight for Educational Justice in Massachusetts
October 13th, 2021, 4:30 p.m., Hybrid Event, McCarthy Center Forum and available virtually.
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For many people, the history of school desegregation in the United States is a distinctly Southern, mid-twentieth-century phenomenon with Brown v. Board of Education as a landmark case. Yet a century before that, African American girls and women in Massachusetts led the fight for educational justice. In doing so, they became educational reformers, and their valuable work reshaped public education in the North. Dr. Kabria Baumgartner presents an account of this fascinating history that not only spotlights the long struggle for black educational justice in the region but also reminds us of our collective obligation today to democratize schools.

The Linda Vaden-Goad Authors and Artists Series: Beatriz Alvarado & Tim McDonald
October 26, 2021, 4:30 p.m. Virtual Event - Register Here

Tim McDonald is an artist whose drawings deliver a space where culture, history, myth, mystery, ritual, wilderness, and time intersect. Beatriz Alvarado’s publication Between the Sun and the Moon invites us to experience a wonderful journey and meet mythical ancient Andean characters who interact with humans and influence their destinies. Both artist and author emphasize the importance of wisdom from ancient periods.

The Arthur Nolletti Jr. Film Series: The Hate U Give
November 8, 2021, 7 p.m., In-Person - McCarthy Center Forum

Starr Carter is the only witness when police fatally shoot her friend Khalil. This 2018 film, based on the novel by Angie Thomas, brilliantly depicts Starr's courageous truth-telling about police violence against African Americans. The movie will play in the Forum. FSU and MetroWest communities are welcome to join the movie viewing and discussion.  


What Can Indigenous Knowledge Teach Us about Climate Justice and Sustainability?
February 9, 2022, 4:30 p.m., Hybrid - McCarthy Center Forum and available virtually.
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How can teachers and students integrate indigenous knowledge into our classrooms and communities as we journey towards climate justice? Join us to discuss this topic with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

Artist Hernease Davis: Self-Care Through the Artistic Process
February 22, 2022, 5:30 p.m., In-Person - McCarthy Center Forum

Hernease Davis is a photo-based artist using photograms, cyanotypes, and craft to emphasize self-care through the artistic process. She has been shaping her practice into a psychological space where she may safely confront emotional scars, respond to visceral impulses, and grow in acceptance of the imperfections inherent in the material process. The exhibition opening starts in the Mazmanian Gallery at 4:30 p.m. and then the lecture will be conducted in the Forum at 5:30 p.m.  

The Linda Vaden-Goad Authors and Artists Series: Audrey Kali & Rachel Trousdale
March 29, 2022, 4:30 p.m., In-Person - Heineman Ecumenical Center

Audrey Kali’s new film Farm and Red Moon documents her quest to explore the ambiguous moral underbelly of farm animal slaughter practices. Rachel Trousdale’s new book, Humor, Empathy, and Community in Twentieth-Century American Poetry, argues that poets like T. S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, and Cathy Park Hong use humor to examine how well people can understand each other across difference. Both the film director and the author deliver critical approaches to our society and literature.

Aram Han Sifuentes: Talk Back to Power
April 5, 2022, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event - Register Here

Aram Han Sifuentes will give a talk and workshop about how art can disrupt, unsettle, and rupture dominant narratives to assert, demand, and claim spaces for those who are commonly “othered,” particularly for immigrants of color. Aram Han Sifuentes’ article was just published in Art Journal by the College Art Association. The link follows:

The Arthur Nolletti Jr. Film Series: The Breadwinner
April 11, 2022, 7 p.m., In-Person - McCarthy Center Forum

After young Parvana's father is imprisoned, she bravely finds a way to support her family despite Taliban restrictions on women. This 2017 animated film will hold you spellbound! The movie will play in the Forum. FSU and MetroWest communities are welcome to join the movie viewing and discussion.  

Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture Series: Dr. Sy Stokes
Spring 2022 - Event Date TBD, Check back for Details

Dr. Sy Stokes is a postdoctoral fellow for the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan who gained national acclaim for his spoken word performances of "The Black Bruins" and "Dear White Counselor." Join him to explore and interrogate the historical development of racial capitalism, nationalism, white supremacy, and racism; and examine the ways that college students respond to campus racism and issues in the broader sociopolitical environment through activism and political engagement.