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Focus on 1968

  • Framingham State University Planetarium 100 State Street Framingham, MA, 01702 United States (map)

Dr. Lori Bihler, Dr. Martel Pipkins, Dr. Wardell Powel, Dr. Erika Schneider, and Dr. Bridgette Sheridan

Framingham State faculty will explore the 1968 events that had a major influence on shaping the historical, social, and cultural landscape of the decade 1962-1972, characterized the years of the Apollo program, and still have an impact on today's world. The conversation will focus on the Vietnam War, social movements, visual arts, and education reforms.

Facilitated by: Dr. Irene Porro
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Dr. Lori Bihler is an assistant professor in the History Department at Framingham State University. She teaches modern European and U.S. history and secondary history education and currently supervises FSU’s history education student teachers. Her research looks at refugees from Nazi Germany. Her book, Cities of Refuge: German Jews in London and New York, 1935-1945, was released in April 2018.

Dr. Martel Pipkins is a professor in the Sociology Department at Framingham State University. His Ph.D. is in Sociology and Women’s Studies, and his research and teaching interests include transnational solidarity, social inequality, women’s labor, global stratification, and the intersections between racism, sexism, and nation.

Dr. Wardell Powell is an assistant professor in the Education Department at Framingham State University. His teaching interests include special education and science methods courses for pre-service and in-service teachers. His primary research interests are in the field of science education and special education.

Dr. Erika Schneider is a professor of art history and the museum studies coordinator in the Art and Music Department at Framingham State University. She teaches courses on modern, contemporary, and American art history.  Her book, The Representation of the Struggling Artist in America, 1800-1865, was released in 2015.  As the recipient of the Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art, she taught and researched American art at Radboud University in the Netherlands.  She continues to explore the interdisciplinary connections between American and European art.

Dr. Bridgette Sheridan is a professor in the History Department at Framingham State University. She teaches early modern and modern European history, and her expertise is in gender history, the history of science, history of sexuality, and early modern France. She has published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journals and is currently writing a book, The Worth of Women: The Battle Over Midwifery in Pre-Revolutionary France.

Dr. Irene Porro is the Director of the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning at Framingham State University. A professional scientist with a deep commitment to social justice, in her work Dr. Porro combines research skills in physics and astrophysics with an interdisciplinary approach to education to promote equity and diversity in STEM fields.

Dr. Porro received her Ph.D. in Space Science and Technology from the University of Padova, Italy. During her doctoral program she was a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and then a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institut für Astronomie, in Heidelberg, Germany. She then joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she became the Director of the Education and Outreach Group of the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Dr. Porro is an alumna of the International Space University, an international education program specialized in training the future leaders of the emerging global space community.