Roots/Routes Series

Spring 2020

Sugar and Slavery: An Interdisciplinary Panel
February 11, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

The routes by which sugar moved from production to consumption were the root of slavery from the 17th to the 19th century. A panel of FSU faculty will explore how history, geography and astronomy colluded to induce, re-inforce, and re-invent the bitter industry of slavery, all in pursuit of the sweetness of sugar.

Heads and Tails: A Documentary of Traveling Hair
February 12, 2020, at 4:30 p.m , Forum, McCarthy Center

Heads and Tails is a documentary film that chronicles the curious hair trade between Turkey and Israel. The directors of the film, AylinKuryel and Firat Yucel, will offer a talk and Q & A after the film screening.

Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture Series: Clint Smith, “History Reconsidered”
February 19, 2020, at 4:30 p.m., Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center

The United States is a country of great opportunity, but we must wrestle with how certain opportunities are contingent on different facets of one’s identity. The United States has provided economic mobility for millions of people, but we must wrestle with the history of violence and exploitation that helped to generate its economic foundation. The United States has freed millions around the world from despots and genocide, and we must wrestle with this same country’s pervasive history of barbarous imperialism. These are all parts of what make this country what it is. In this talk, combining poetry and history, Clint Smith pushes the audience to wrestle with the complicated truths about the country we live in and helps crystallize how this history has shaped the contemporary social, political, and cultural landscape of our world today.

Weight Stigma in American Society: Public Health Consequences and Structural Solutions
February 24, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Weight-based bullying, stigma, and discrimination are commonplace in our society. What impact does this have on children and adults, and what should we do about it? Dr. Rebecca Puhl will present research evidence highlighting the nature and health consequences of weight stigma, and discuss broad-level strategies to address this problem, including actions from parents, educators, health care providers, and policy-makers.

Girls Chronically Rock
March 4, 2020 at 1:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Keisha Greaves is an alumna of Framingham State and the founder of Girls Chronically Rock. She offers inspired fashion celebrating those with chronic illnesses. Greaves, who has a form of Muscular Dystrophy (MD), states that her goal is to motivate "people who may have a chronic illness like myself or may be battling anything in their life, to let them know that they rock no matter what.”

Gina Siepel: New World Reconsidered
Artist Talk March 4, 2020, at 2:30 p.m., North Hall Commons Room
Gallery exhibit: Mazmanian Gallery - Feb. 24 - March 20

Mazmanian Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Gina Siepel’s artwork, which explores cultural understandings of nature, gender, and American history. This exhibit focuses on the relationship between humans and nature in eastern North America, and includes the artist’s current work-in-progress (untitled)Tree, a process-based artist and scientist collaboration.

Miriam Levine Reading: Author Grace Talusan
*Due to ongoing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule at some point.

Author Grace Talusan will read from her memoir The Body Papers. A searing account of childhood sexual abuse, the book also delves into Talusan's background 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.

Reyna Grande Shares her U.S./Mexico Border Crossing Story with FSU
*Due to ongoing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule at some point.

Born in Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. When Reyna was nine, she made her own journey north, entering the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, and later becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college. Join us as critically acclaimed author Reyna Grande shares her powerful story!

Arthur Nolletti, Jr. Film Series: The Good Lie
April 6, 2020 at 7 p.m., North Hall Commons Room
*Due to ongoing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule at some point.

The Good Lie (2014) is a remarkable story of resilience. Orphaned Sudanese youths resettle in the U.S. years after their arduous wartime trek to a refugee camp. Their lives inspire and transform their American job counselor (Reese Witherspoon).

Raymond Santana: From Central Park 5 to Exonerated 5
April 7, 2020, 4:30 p.m., Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center
*Due to ongoing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule at some point.

Wrongfully accused and convicted of a heinous crime as a teenager, exonerated years later! Join Raymond Santana and a guest interviewer on stage, to share his thoughts and insights on the US Justice System and a first-hand account of being betrayed by this system.

Looming In the Shadows of Łódź
April 21, 2020 at 7 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

On a roots trip to Poland, the son of Holocaust survivors carries an iPad loaded with a three-prong compass and a sepia likeness. Presented by Professor Leslie Starobin, "Looming in the Shadows of Łódź" weaves together film clips, photographs, and oral history narratives to reveal how memories and stories of the Shoah affect multiple generations of one family.