Announcing Inside the Honors Studios for Spring!

After a successful first semester, the University Honors Program is excited to debut two Inside the Honors Studio workshop series for Spring 2020!


Inside the Honors Studio will provide Honors students opportunities to work closely with Honors faculty to enhance their knowledge of a particular area of study or skill; to give back to the community in a tangible way; to hone their professional skills; and provide many more opportunities to grow through the University Honors Program. The series is designed to enable University Honors students to enhance their knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to live balanced and fulfilling lives.


The Honors Program will offer two new workshops for Honors students in Spring 2020.


Facilitated by Dr. Maureen Timmons, The Power of Visual Thinking in Action is designed to offer Honors students opportunities to explore and develop their skills with visual thinking and learning. Participants will enhance their visual communication skills, learn capturing techniques to connect, ideate, retain, and share content, add to the learner’s toolbox, and be fun and creative using pens, paper, whiteboards, post-it notes, index cards – the works! Students will submit reflections after each session, and have a final project in which they will demonstrate what they’ve learned throughout the series in a final sharing session.


Dr. Maureen Timmons is a visual thinker, sketchnoter, and Director of Northeastern University’s Dining Services. As director, she oversees all 31 dining locations on campus that serve an average of 20,000 people per day and includes: retail and residential dining, catering, and concessions. During her multi-decade tenure, she and her team have transformed the university’s dining services in alignment with the overall growth of the institution. Northeastern’s award-winning dining program is focused on nourishing the university community and beyond through food, service, education, and sustainability. As a proud and active member of the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (MCURC)—an initiative launched to support and amplify the Menus of Change (MOC) principles—Maureen chairs the Education Working Group and is a member of the Leadership Council, Directors of Dining Committee, and the Research Working Group.


Registration for The Power of Visual Thinking in Action is now open. Preference will be given to students who can commit to attending all sessions. Registration is capped at 30 Honors students.


Social Justice and Performance: Perspectives and Positionality, led by Emma Futhey, MA, Ph.D. Candidate, will introduce participants to different definitions of performance; how performance is a part of public life, particularly within social justice movements; how activists use performative techniques to create awareness, accomplish a specific goal, change perspectives on an issue, and/or disrupt day-to-day life.


Four of the sessions will be dedicated to discussions and activities based on performance theory and techniques as they relate and are used in specific social movements, such as Feminist and LGBTQ issues, communities of color and indigenous communities’ activism, and the Federal Theatre Project. The last session will be student presentations and reflections based on the final proposal assignment. Students will submit a proposal for a creative project, action, or event which applies theories, techniques, performative models, and/or ideas from class discussions to a current social issue which they are passionate about.


Emma Futhey is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at Tufts University. She is an academic advisor for the University Honors Program. She has presented papers at the Comparative Drama Conference, Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the annual Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference.  Emma has taught a variety of interdisciplinary courses for Tufts, including Race, Gender and Ethnicity on the U.S.-American Stage, Early Modern Drama, and Modern & Post-Modern Drama. She is finishing her dissertation, “‘Born for Universal Sway’: Women and Performance Culture in Boston, 1785-1861,” a cultural exploration of the performance of womanhood in Antebellum Boston.