President's Distinguished Lecture Series

Framingham State is proud to present the 2016-17 President’s Distinguished Lecture Series. The theme of this year’s series is "Communities and Change: Looking Backward, Looking Forward.”

Parking for guests from the community will be available in the Maynard Street or Salem End parking lot. You can then follow the walkway from the parking lots to upper campus.

Clair Wills: Crossing Borders in Post-War Europe: Literature and Migration to Britain
Thursday, September 29, 2016
4:30 p.m., McCarthy Center, Forum

What would the history of post-war Britain look like told from the point of view of immigrants? The Second World War and its aftermath initiated a vast displacement of peoples, which continues to this day. Clair Wills, the Leonard L. Milberg Professor of Irish Letters at Princeton University, is a scholar of Irish and British literature and culture. She has written and reviewed for the Irish Times, the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and London Review of Books. Her latest book is a study of Irish migration to post-war Britain, The Best Are Leaving: Emigration and Post-War Irish Culture (2015).


N.D.B. Connolly: The Caribbean History of an American City: Greater Miami and the History of the Rest of Us
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
4:30 p.m., McCarthy Center, Forum

Drawing on his award-winning book, A World More Concrete, N. D. B. Connolly, Professor of History at John Hopkins University, explores the workings of capital in the urban Atlantic World. Through a history of Greater Miami, he argues for understanding racial segregation as a process of colonial extraction. He also asks us to  consider the development of American politics as a consequence of land deals and rent-seeking practices that were at once transnational, regional, and interpersonal.


Jawaad Abdul Rahman: Stories over Stereotypes - Changing the Narrative of Muslims through
Film & TV
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
4:30 p.m., McCarthy Center, Forum

TV and film has always influenced the way America sees itself. The success of Roots, Good Times and The Cosby Show introduced entirely new stories of African-Americans. Other minority groups have had their landmark shows as well, with the exception of Muslims. This lecture will describe an effort to provide new narratives of this growing minority, through films and popular tv shows, and relate their stories to a broader audience. Jawaad Abdul Rahman is a Producer and Development Director at Unity Productions (UPF) Foundation, a non-profit filmmaker.


Frances Moore Lappé: Food, Democracy and Justice - Why What We Eat Matters
Thursday, February 23, 2017
TIME CHANGE: 4:30 p.m., McCarthy Center, Forum
From her 1971 book Diet for a Small Planet to her most recent work World Hunger: 10 Myths in 2015, Frances Moore Lappé has exposed the root causes of hunger. Focusing on solutions, Lappé will highlight stories from around the world where people are creating what she calls “living democracies” in which people gain power over their lives. She will tie our daily food choices - reflecting U.S. public policies - to vast waste and injustice, while stressing the power we each have to contribute to solutions.