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August 18, 2014

Framingham State University is pleased to announce its 2014-15 Arts & Ideas Program lineup, which kicks off with a special Arts & Ideas Week September 15-19.

The program is highlighted this year by the “And Justice for All” series, which will feature lectures, film screenings and performances examining justice in America and around the world. Highlights include a discussion with Julie Otsuka on October 9th about her book When the Emperor was Divine, which is FSU’s Common Reading Selection and details life in Japanese Internment camps in the U.S. during World War II. FSU will also host former Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi on November 20th, who will discuss his new book The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap.

The theme of this year’s President’s Distinguished Lecture Series is “A Republic of Learners: Education as the Equalizer of the Human Condition,” and ties into the University’s 175th Anniversary. The four speakers are:

-Internationally renowned author and winner of the National Humanities Medal Richard Rodriguez (September 15th)

-Yale University Professor and author of The Heathen School John Demos (September 24th)

-National Book Award Winner and Author of Savage Inequalities Jonathan Kozol (October 14th)

-President of Southern New Hampshire University and member of FSU’s Class of 1980 Paul LeBlanc (February 10)

The University is kicking off the series with a special Arts & Ideas Week September 15-19, which will feature six events, highlighted by a lecture from Richard Rodriguez on September 15th, a Sufi music performance by Chaar Yaar on September 16th, and a film screening by Irish filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick on September 17th.

Other highlights of the series include the Lifelong Learning Series, run in partnership with Framingham Public Library, the International Film Series, Diversity and Inclusion Events, Mazmanian Gallery Exhibitions and the Authors and Artists Series.

Nearly every event in the Arts & Ideas Program is free and open to the public. For complete information on the entire 2014-15 Arts & Ideas Program, visit

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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