Roots/Routes Series

Fall 2019

Shakespeare to Hip Hop: A Performance
September 17, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Forum, McCarthy Center

Do. Not. Miss. It. Regie Gibson is a former National Poetry Slam Individual Champion, and Chicago Tribune Artist of the Year. Regularly featured on NPR, he has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. With a fresh, irreverent, and powerful message, he will now bring his poetic voice to FSU!

Esteban del Valle: Which Ridge is Next
October 3, 2019
Artist reception: 4:30 p.m., Mazmanian Gallery
Artist’s talk: 5:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

The Mazmanian Gallery presents a mixed-media installation inspired by Esteban del Valle’s ongoing series Worst Day Ever, which subjects a conquistador to a relentless barrage of minor, yet annoying, first world inconveniences in contemporary Brooklyn. The work explores gentrification, displacement, identity and assimilation in relationship to del Valle’s lived experience. Following the reception, del Valle will give an artist’s talk.

Girls Chronically Rock
October 7, 2019 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.”

PAGE/STAGE/ENGAGE with Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre
October 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center
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Across the globe, the spoken word movement has reignited poetry as a force for artistic expression, social justice, and community-building. Join two-time National Poetry Slam champion Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre for an evening of performance, dialogue, and possibility.

Arthur Nolletti, Jr. Film Series: Lion
October 28, 2019 at 7 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Lion (2016) explores the bonds linking us to our roots. A 5-year-old boy in India gets lost and travels thousands of miles to a new country and a new life. Twenty-five years later, he searches for his original home. Based on a true story.

Dr. Sarah Townsend: Multiculturalism and Irish Literature
November 14, 2019 at 12:30 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

Drawing on extensive archival research, University of New Mexico English Professor Sarah Townsend examines the hidden history of transnational white supremacy that undergirds contemporary Irish multiculturalism. Her talk will focus on literature by and about people who have recently migrated to Ireland from other countries.

Contemplating Mistress: Sally Hemings and the Literary Imagination
November 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Heineman Ecumenical Center

Chet'la Sebree will read from her debut poetry collection Mistress, which investigates black female representation and experiences through the voices of a contemporary speaker and Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman with whom Thomas Jefferson had children. Throughout Sebree’s reading, she’ll discuss her research and the complexities of integrating it into poetry.

Dr. Susan M. Schneider on the Behavioral Roots of a Projected Route Forward in the Climate Crisis
December 4, 2019 at 7 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

The technology to solve the climate crisis has been available for years. Can the behavioral sciences help motivate the required societal and lifestyle changes? This talk by Professor Susan M. Schneider focuses on the role of behavior principles like the science behind positive reinforcement.


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.

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.

Miriam Levine Reading: Author Grace Talusan
March 24, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

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
April 2, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Dwight Performing Arts Center

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

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).

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.