The Public Self: Citizen As Change Agent

Spring 2021

The Linda Vaden-Goad Authors and Artists Series (Spring 2021)
March 30, 2021, 4:30-6 p.m.

FSU Professors Joanne Britland, Lina Rincón, and Jenn De Leon will share their most current publications. The poetry anthology The Onion Offering by Javier Alvarado translated by Joanne Britland and Lina Rincón and the essay collection White Space: Essays on Culture, Race and Writing by Jenn DeLeon will be shared with us.

From Theory to Practice: Ethnic Studies to Make a More Just World
April 5, 2021, 4:30-6 p.m.

The celebrated author of The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nations, and Archives of Contradictions, Dr. Lorgia García Peña is coming to FSU to discuss ethnic studies, empowering students, inclusivity, and social justice. Her talk will also examine structures of higher education that affect students and faculty of color.

This event is co-sponsored by the Framingham State Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).

The 2021 Miriam Levine Reading: Grace Talusan
April 6, 2021, 4:30-6 p.m.

Author Grace Talusan will read from her memoir The Body Paper. A searing account of childhood sexual abuse, the book also delves into Talusan’s backgroun as a Filipino immigrant and a cancer survivor and the ways in which these experiences are linked by vulnerability and personal strength. Recipient of the 2017 Restless Book Prize for New Immigrant Writing, she teaches in the Boston area.

The Arthur Nolletti Jr. Film Series: Woman at War
April 12, 2021, 7-10 p.m.

Woman at War (2018) is an Icelandic gem. No one suspects that Halla, a mild-mannered choir-leader, is the eco-terrorist battling corporate greed and government lies. Fueled by her fierce convictions, Halla displays extraordinary ingenuity as a solo crusader for the environment. This is cinematic artistry at its best!

Self-Production as a Form of Development
April 15, 2021, 7-8:30 p.m.

Self-Production is a creative, community-based urban planning tool. It involves no prior planning, but an effective and spontaneous communication and self-organization system that responds to needs. In Latin America, it has become the most efficient form of housing construction. Cardona will speak about Self-Produced Neighborhoods and analytical research of self-production.

Jeff Sparr: PeaceLove
April 22, 2021, 4:30-6 p.m.

Jeff Sparr is an advocate, a teacher, and a self-taught artist. Believing in the healing power of creating, Jeff founded PeaceLove to spread peace of mind through expressive arts workshops. Jeff travels the world sharing his story of hope and his vision for a world where every person has the tools to care for their mental health.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Quiara Hudes: My Broken Language
April 26, 2021, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Hudes will read from her new book, My Broken Language, a coming of age memoir about language and sacred practice in North Philadelphia — aka el barrio — in the 1990s.

This event is co-sponsored by the Framingham State Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).