Sustaining Life & Sustaining Joy Events

Fall 2022 Semester
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022
Critical Race Theory Lens: History Echoes in the Experiences of Students of Color in Art School by Lyssa Palu-ay

Lecture: Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center at 4:30 PM
Workshop: McCarthy Center, Alumni Room at 2:30 PM

Dr. Lyssa Palu-ay is the Dean of the Office of Justice and Transformation at MassArt. She will provide both an in-person lecture and a workshop on Critical Race Theory in the arts, including how it may be employed in curricula in studio arts and art education programs. Her lecture will also address how Critical Race Theory can be practiced in the humanities to address inequality, sustain our support of each other, and increase happiness. During the workshop, an interactive discussion will help faculty from all disciplines learn about adopting critical race theory into their teaching and more generally helping students of color and first-generation students.

Emotional Wellness Book Discussion and Practice

All four events will take place between 3:30 and 5 p.m.:

October 6: Alumni Room - Open to Faculty, Staff & Student
October 13: O'Connor Hall Room 120B CIE Lounge - Open to Faculty & Staff
October 20: Alumni Room - Open to Faculty & Staff
October 27: Alumni Room - Open to Faculty & Staff

McCarthy Center, Alumni Room

Now more than ever, finding more joy and sustaining positive focus requires us to reassess and rewrite the stories we tell about ourselves and each other. In collaboration with the Adam Sutton Group, we are offering interactive conversations that explore concepts presented in the book The Seven Laws of Enough: Cultivating a Life of Sustainable Abundance by Gina LaRoche and Jennifer Cohen. The three session book discussion group will focus on practical strategies for defining what is truly “enough” for us personally and professionally, and how to help each other live our best lives yet!

This event is sponsored by the Arts and Ideas series, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Enhancement, and FSU’s Campus Professional Development Program.

A limited number of copies of The Seven Laws of Enough are available on a first come, first serve basis, and can be picked up in Dwight Hall, room 306.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022
Pride Across Generation

McCarthy Center Forum at 5:30 PM

Framingham State University and BayPath Elder Services are partnering once again for our annual Pride Across Generations event on National Coming Out Day. This event brings together the LGBTQ+ community from all living generations, and their allies, to honor and celebrate the journeys, joys, and triumphs of LGBTQ+ people. Join us at this free event for dinner, dialogue, and fellowship. RSVP at

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Scholarly and Creative Showcase Series - Free STEM Textbooks: Open Educational Resources and Equity

McCarthy Center Alumni Room, 6 to 8 PM (Hybrid Event)

FSU faculty members share their experiences using, adapting, and creating Open Educational Resources for STEM courses with an eye toward improving equity in the classroom. Panel members include: Santosha Adhibhatta, Benjamin Atchison, Lawrence McKenna, Amanda Simons, and Patricia Lynne (Moderator)

Monday, Oct. 17, 2022
Poetry Reading: Jill McDonough

Heineman Ecumenical & Cultural Center at 4:30 PM

Jill McDonough is a cheerful queer writer who works in academic and carceral spaces. As part of 2022 Alan Feldman Week of Poetry, she will be reading from her sixth book of poems, American Treasure, which goes from the homes enslaved Americans built for the founding fathers to juvenile facilities in her Boston neighborhood.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022
The Linda Vaden-Goad Authors and Artists Series

Heineman Ecumenical & Cultural Center at 4:30 p.m.

Co-authors Kelly Kolodny and Mary-Lou Breitborde will discuss their book, Teacher Preparation in the United States: History, Current Conditions, and Policy. A Q& A session will follow their presentation.

Monday, Nov. 7, 2022
The Arthur Nolletti Jr. Film Series - Belfast

McCarthy Center Forum at 7:00 PM

Nine-year-old Buddy finds his life upended in 1969 when his Belfast neighborhood erupts in the violent Northern Irish conflict known as The Troubles. Based on director Kenneth Branagh's own childhood, the dazzling 2021 film Belfast was an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022
Young Nerds of Color, Panel Discussion with the producers and cast members

Hybrid Format, McCarthy Center Forum at 4:30 PM
Register for online zoom link here.

Hiding in plain sight in the science labs, grappling over civilization’s greatest challenges are Young Nerds of Color. Some speak with the poetry of wise sages, others subvert the establishment with renegade ways, and, finally, there are rock stars whose ideas flow like jazz improvisation—all changing the world like a bolt of lightning illuminating the night sky. If knowledge is power, their powers make them superheroes. Playwright Melinda Lopez weaves together over 60 interviews with scientists from the most underrepresented backgrounds, with original music by Nona Hendryx.

The film will be screened throughout the spring semester at the Christa McAuliffe Center.

Spring 2023 Semester
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023
Humanity, Design + Happiness by Daryl Christopher

McCarthy Center Alumni Room, at 4:30 PM

How can we sustain joy and connection in our modern, fast paced world? Through design elements, true stories, and reflective dialogue, this participatory event will discuss simple practices for sustaining happiness and be led by Daryl Christopher, a designer, educator, and founder of RE_KIN, a magazine focusing on communal wholeness through responsiveness.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
Artist Exhibition: Record Keeper

Reception at the Mazmanian Gallery and Panel Discussion at the Alumni Room

Record Keeper is an exhibition of ceramic artworks that explores how artists use clay, one of the oldest artistic mediums, to grapple with time. The included artists take a wide range of approaches to this theme. Adero Willard explores her diverse ancestries by employing building techniques indigenous to West Africa and by using red clay as the skin of the vessel. Megumi Naitoh's ceramic animations combine clay with digital technology to address the waves of racism currently aimed at Asians during the global pandemic. Paul Briggs' box-like forms reference the architecture of confinement within the prison system, suggesting what it means to be held in place and lose time. Elshafei Dafalla's contribution to the show will be a literal record of his time spent working with students in the art department during Fall 2022 to make an installation of forms that document the community and show how art can bridge differences.

Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2023
The Linda Vaden-Goad Authors and Artists Series

Hybrid Format, Heineman Ecumenical & Cultural Center at 4:30 PM
Register for Zoom Link Here

Jennifer Dowling’s creative work explores various art and technology approaches. Her focus is on health challenges that are simultaneously personal and universal, to encourage healing despite adversity. Zahra Tohidinia’s work on green consumers focuses on analyzing their frustrations
and providing solutions.

Thursday, Mar. 30, 2023
Miriam Levine Reading

Hybrid Event, Heineman Ecumenical & Cultural Center at 4:30 PM
Register for Zoom Link Here

Author Whitney Scharer will read from her award-winning debut novel, The Age of Light (2019), based on the life of fashion-icon turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, who famously said “I’d rather take a photograph than be one.” Imagined through Scharer’s vivid prose, Lee's journey of self-discovery takes her from the cabarets of bohemian Paris to the battlefields of war-torn Europe during WWII, where she was one of the first female war correspondents. Scharer will discuss the challenging constraints of writing historical fiction while celebrating its power to breathe new life into the past.

Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2023
Voices of Color series: James Edward Mills

Hybrid Event: In-person in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center at 4:30 PM
Register for the Virtual Webinar Here.

How can we work to make the outdoors a space that is welcoming for all people, particularly the BIPOC community? Join us to discuss this topic with James Edward Mills, a journalist, adventurer, and co-writer/co-producer of An American Ascent, a documentary film about the first African-American expedition to climb North America’s highest peak, Denali.

Monday, Apr. 10, 2023
The Arthur Nolletti Jr. Film Series - Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom 

McCarthy Center Forum at 7:00 PM

A college student aspires to leave Bhutan for Australia to pursue a singing career, but instead he gets assigned to teach children in a remote mountainous village isolated from modern life. The extraordinary 2019 film Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom was an Academy Award nominee for Best International Feature Film.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Scholarly and Creative Showcase Series - "I know we have a lot to say about the situation…but, like, who has the time?”: A window into the formation and research of the MotherScholar Collective

McCarthy Center Alumni Room, 6 to 8 PM (Hybrid Event)

Members of the MotherScholar Collective, a multidisciplinary research group formed during the pandemic, discuss their research on the intersection of motherhood and academia, and collaborative possibilities of radical feminist flexibility. Panel participants: Maggie Campbell-Obaid, Ph.D, Katharina A. Azim, Ph.D., Kathryn Frazier, Ph.D, Helen Ho, Ph.D., Ivanna Richardson, M.A.