Stories Connecting Generations


SCG, to me, means many things. It means connecting with someone from a diverse generation. It is about interacting with strangers and allowing them to astonish us; it is practicing how to be curious and learning how to be a “free” listener. It is about transforming the stories we hear into forms of visual art.
— Manacy Pai

Manacy Pai is a co-founder of Stories Connecting Generations (SCG). She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Kent State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Florida State University in 2008. Her research, teaching, and service interests are in the areas of social gerontology and medical sociology. Her current work assesses the correlates and consequences of cognitive decline in older adults. Manacy’s website

A conversation can be life changing. Connecting with someone from a diverse generation gives us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves, and each other. Through SCG, we are visually communicating stories as ways express and share these interactions in new ways. — Jessica Barness

Jessica Barness is a co-founder of Stories Connecting Generation (SCG). She in an Associate Professor in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University, and she received her MFA in Design from the University of Minnesota in 2012. Her work focuses on critical practices of design and issues of power and representation. Jessica’s website

Older adult participants come from a variety of community settings, including the Kenmore Senior Center, The Inn at CoalRidge in Wadsworth, Barberton Senior Center, and Medina Senior Center, all located in Ohio.

Students are undergraduate and graduate Visual Communication Design majors at Kent State University. They are enrolled in the Glyphix Design Research Lab course during spring semester 2022.