Meet the Faculty of Community Education

Photo of Adventures in Life Long Learning faculty Nan Hass Feldman

Nan received her B.F.A. from SUNY at Buffalo and completed an M.A. in painting at Goddard College and an M.F.A. at Vermont College. She has taught at a variety of art institutions including the Worcester Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, and Danforth Art (which she helped found) as well as Framingham State College. Since 1999 Nan has also taught painting in France, Italy, Greece, Mexico, and has run the Artist Loft on the Oceania Cruise Line. All these trips have become a source of inspiration for her landscapes paintings as well as her love of painting interior spaces too. Nan works in a wide range of mediums such as painting, mixed-media, and encaustics. Over the past forty years she has had over 40 solo exhibitions and has been included in group shows and received numerous awards on the national, state, and local levels. Nan’s work is represented in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the United States, England, Mexico, Japan, and France.

photo of President Emerits of Framingham State University

Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita of Framingham State University, has had an extensive career in higher education, including 43 years in teaching and senior level administrative positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Queens College, a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She received an Andrew Dickson White Fellowship to Cornell, two Woodrow Wilson Fellowships, was a Radcliffe Fellow, and an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellow. Dr. Heineman was chair of the English Department at Framingham State University, and was then appointed Academic Vice President. In 1999, Dr. Heineman became President of Framingham State University, where she served until retiring in 2006. She has published four books and numerous articles in the field of Victorian literature. Dr. Heineman now spends her retirement years traveling, writing, and teaching in Framingham’s Adventures in Lifelong Learning program.

Photo of Adventures in Life Long Learning faculty Andrea Kames

Andrea Kamens tells traditional, original, Jewish, and first-person stories that tremble with truth. With skillful structuring and improvisational verve, she opens a dialogue between her listeners and the story. She’s an active member of her regional professional organization NEST, Northeast Storytelling, and works within a community of tellers. Based in Boston, she’s on the board of The Story Space in Somerville, MA, the region’s longest running weekly venue, encouraging new and never-before tellers to try storytelling, and experienced and professional tellers to present and hone material. Andrea is a teacher, emcee, storytelling host, community volunteer and a mom of five who believes any day in New England can be a beach day. Andrea is a graduate of Boston University.

Photo of Adventures in Life Long Learning faculty Jack Perricone

Jack Perricone became a member of the Berklee College of Music faculty in 1986, teaching arranging and helping to develop the new initiative at Berklee: a Songwriting major. In 1987, Perricone was appointed chair of Berklee’s Songwriting department, as Berklee became the first college ever to offer a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Songwriting. A successful arranger/songwriter and co-writer of a top five pop song “Run Joey Run”, Mr. Perricone has had his songs recorded by many artists including Michael Jackson, Angela Bofill, Lou Rawls and Jerry Butler, along with a number of Billboard charted songs that appeared in multiple genres – pop, country, dance, jazz and r&b. His first book, Melody In Songwriting (Berklee Press, 2000) remains one of the most important books on songwriting today. As Chair Emeritus, Songwriting (Perricone retired in 2017), he continues to write songs and compose piano pieces. The biggest project by far has been authoring Great Songwriting Techniques (Oxford University Press, 2019); all the songs excerpted in the book can be accessed via Spotify in a playlist entitled "Great Songwriting Techniques”.

Dr. Erika Schneider teaches art history (Renaissance to contemporary) in the Art & Music Department at Framingham State University. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. from Boston University, and her Ph.D. from Temple University. Her specialty is 19th-century art, on which she has presented professionally both in the United States and abroad, as well as publishing several articles in art history, literary, and history journals. In 2015, her monograph, The Representation of the Struggling Artist in America, 1800-1865 was published by the University of Delaware Press. She also received an inaugural Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art to teach and research in the Netherlands. When she’s not teaching, she loves to travel!

photo of fsu history and lifelong learning professor dr. bridgette sheridan

Dr. Bridgette Sheridan, is passionate about Sixties history, and is especially excited to teach a course on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising of 1969. A professor of history at Framingham State University, she teaches a range of courses in European and American history, including "'The Sixties' in in Europe and the United States", as well as "Sex and the Sixties in the US." Her expertise is in gender history, the History of Science, history of sexuality, and French history. She has published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journals, and has presented her research at several conferences and seminars. In 2016, Dr. Sheridan was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.