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175th Celebration of Academics in 1839 – Sept. 22-26, 2014

Join us for any one of nine fascinating lectures that tie into the history of Framingham State University and our founding in 1839 as the country's first public normal school! Click here to view the flyer.

Sandra Rahman: Marketing Strategies in the Early 1800's
Monday, 09.22.14, 8:30am-10:20am, HH330
This class will provide an overview of marketing strategies in the early 1800's with an emphasis on local industries. Students will actively participate by sharing marketing examples from that era.

Carolyn Maibor: Abolition, Reconstruction, and Race Relations: Framingham State's Role
Monday, 09.22.14, 12:30pm-2:20pm, WL Archives Room
This presentation will focus on our earliest African-American alumnae, Mary Miles and Chloe Lee, as well as Olivia Davidson, who helped run the Tuskegee Institute with her husband, Booker T. Washington, and a number of our graduates who taught in the South during Reconstruction.

Ann Johnson and Janet Schwartz: Food and Nutrition at FSU, Then and Now - 1839 and 2014
Monday, 9.22.14, 1:00pm-1:45pm, Dwight Hall lobby (in front of DPAC)
Students will distribute food samples to the audience of a presentation on the FSU Food Study that they have researched and prepared from early 1850's New England recipes.   

Lisa Burke: American Minstrelsy
Monday, 9.22.14, 2:30pm-4:00pm, WL201
This presentation will center on the complex legacy of minstrelsy, which originated in the 1830s. While overtly racist, as the nation’s first indigenous theatrical form, the minstrel show made important contributions to the development of uniquely American aspects of popular culture, especially music.

Joseph Adelman: The Myth of the Vanishing Indian
Wednesday, 09.24.14, 8:30am-10:20am & 2:30pm-4:20pm, May Hall 112B
Students will read and discuss an 1829 play by John Augustus Stone about King Philip called Metamora; or, the Last of the Wampanoags. Students will just have completed a discussion of King Philip’s War (1675-1676), led by Metacom, or King Philip, which devastated New England. King Philip surfaced in 1820-1830s literature, when American justified their conquest of North America by creating the figure of the “vanishing Indian,” who by necessity disappeared in order to clear the land for American Christians.

Lori Bihler: 1839 - Horace Mann and the King of Prussia
Thursday, 09.25.14, 8:30am-10:20am, May Hall
In 1839 the Prussian school system was world-renowned. Horace Mann traveled to the Kingdom of Prussia, visiting dozens of schools. Subsequently, Mann established a Massachusetts educational system that emulated what he saw in Prussia. For this class, students will read excerpts of Mann's writings on his travels there, and we will discuss why and how Prussia developed such a modern form of schooling at this time. 

Susan Mullins, Pam Sebor-Cable, Virginia Noon: Fabrics, Fashions, and the Mill Girls in the Early 19th Century
Time & Location: Thursday, 09.25.14, 8:30am-10:20am, HH107
This class will provide an overview of the textiles and fashions worn in the early 19th Century and provide a glimpse into the life of the Yankee mill girls who toiled in the factories producing the cloth. 

Rebecca Shearman: Evolution: A roaring debate in 1839 continues in 2014.
Time & Location: Friday, 09.26.14, 11:30am-12:20pm, HH 410
Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which built the foundations for our modern understanding of life on Earth, was strongly influence by the naturalists, economists, and clergymen of the mid 1800’s. Following a week of researching the works of Darwin’s intellectual contemporaries and their influence on his thinking, students will engage in a class discussion of the scientific and social climate of Darwin’s day and the parallels we see in today’s society.

Irene Porro: Grand Opening of NASA Exhibit: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Time & Location: Friday, 09.26.14, 4:00pm-6:00pm, McAuliffe Center

This exhibit celebrates the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Chandra Observatory. The exhibit includes beautiful astronomical images taken by one of the world’s most modern satellites, along with the very first photographic image of the moon, which was taken in 1839.

CELTSS: (More) FSU 175th Anniversary Events

175 Years of Public Schooling in the United States: Trends, Changes and Future Directions
Presented by Members of the Education Department
Wednesday, September 24, 1:30 – 2:20 pm CELTSS Room, HH 108

Horace Mann in Greater Boston’s Era of Innovation: Framingham State as a Breakthrough, which Changed the Nation
Presented by Dr. Robert Krim, Department of Business
Wednesday, October 1, 1:30 – 2:20 pm Ecumenical Center

Engineering Education and the Engineering Profession since 1839
Presented by Prof. Doug Leaffer, Physics and Earth Science Department
Wednesday, October 1, 1:30 – 2:20 pm Ecumenical Center

Changes in Teaching Styles and the Use of Technology
Presented by Dr. Silvy Brookby, Education Department and Robin Robinson, Education Technology Office
Wednesday, October 8,1:30 – 2:20 pm CELTSS Room, HH 108

Evolution of Food Production Technology
Presented by Dr. Emmanouil Apostolidis, Chemistry and Food Science Department
Wednesday, October 15, 1:30 – 2:20 pm, CELTSS Room, HH 108

Poetic Justice: The Literary Activist Life of Charlotte Champe Stearns Eliot
Presented by Dr. Bart Brinkman, English Department
Wednesday, October 29, 1:30 – 2:20 pm, CELTSS Room, HH 108

Teaching Climate since 1839: (Horace) Mann is it Hot in Here
Presented by Dr. Larry McKenna, Physics and Earth Science Department
Wednesday, October 29, 1:30 – 2:20 pm, CELTSS Room, HH 108

FSU Pioneers Exhibit Opens - September 2014

An FSU Pioneers exhibit featuring educational pioneers from through Framingham State's history will open at the Whittemore Library. The Then and Now exhibit will move from the Whittemore Library to Framingham Public Library.

State House Gala - October 2014

The FSU community is invited to an evening of dinner and dancing at the beautiful and historic Massachusetts State House on October 25, 2014. We'll celebrate the University's 175th anniversary while raising money for student scholarships. More details to come...

Time Capsule Ceremony - December 2014

A time capsule will be filled with present-day artifacts from FSU and sealed for future generations. The capsule will be placed in the new science center addition once it is completed.

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