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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its Arts & Ideas series with a full lineup of exciting and thought-provoking speakers, films, exhibitions and performances.

The theme of the series is Sustaining Life & Sustaining Joy: Under the pandemic and during these challenging times, we are continuously experiencing burnout, anxiety, tension, and angst. How can we move beyond our worries and find ways to heal ourselves? Let’s sustain our lives and bring back our joy by listening to others, learning to help one another, and exploring healing processes.

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“This year’s series includes a variety of events designed to develop emotional wellness and sustain joy and support for yourself and others,” says Dr. Yumi Park, Chair of the Arts & Ideas Program. “We encourage the community to engage with these events as we celebrate our 10th anniversary throughout the academic year.”

The series kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 27, with a lecture and workshop on Critical Race Theory led by Dr. Lyssa Palu-ay, Dean of the Office of Justice and Transformation at MassArt.

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On November 9, there will be a panel discussion with the producers and cast members of Young Nerds of Color, a film by playwright Melinda Lopez, which will be screen at the McAuliffe Center throughout the semester.

On February 23, Daryl Christopher will talk about how we can use design elements, true stories and reflective dialogue to sustain joy and connection in our modern, fast-paced world. Christopher is a designer, educator, and founder of RE_KIN, a magazine focusing on communal wholeness through responsiveness.

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The annual Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture Series will continue on Tuesday, April 4, with
a lecture by 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.

To see a full list of events throughout the year, visit

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