Campus Currents

February 1st, 2021

Celebrated Poet Porsha Olayiwola

Poetry Workshop and Performance with Porsha Olayiwola

I Shimmer Sometimes, Too: A Poetry Performance and workshop by Porsha Olayiwola
February 4, 2021

Workshop: 12:30-1:30 - Register Here

Oftentimes, the world feels like a dark place, scarier than we could have ever imagined, tougher than we know to navigate. More often than not, however, conquering requires us to take a route contrasting our horror. For example, in order to slay Medusa, Perseus did not look directly into the monster’s eyes, but instead, used a mirror and reflection to map his triumph. As writers, we often engage traumatic or troubling experiences that require us to dig close to the bone, dive directly into the dark. In this writing workshop, participants will explore lightness as a tool, framework and pedagogy. Inspired by a lecture from Italo Calvino and using the work of Natalie Diaz and Chrysanthemum Tran, participants in this generative workshop will write poems that use lightness as an imaginative tool to enter and exit the poem. In doing so, we’ll discover what happens when we reconfigure lightness as a lens into our dystopia.

Poetry Reading: 4:30-6 p.m. - Register Here

Porsha Olayiwola, is a writer, performer, educator and curator who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diaspora. Her poetry and performances as well as her activist work around poetry and art has earned her position as the poet laureate of Boston. She will be performing poetry from her book, I Shimmer Sometimes, Too.

FSU's Careers in Health and Wellness: February 2021

February 3, 2021
5-6:30 p.m.

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Deanna Belleny is the co-founder and Director of Programs at Diversify Dietetics. She was inspired to found Diversify Dietetics after several thought-provoking personal experiences as a student and a dietetics professional of color. Deanna's practice background is in public health and healthcare quality improvement. She has worked for close to 10 years planning, implementing and evaluating programs that impact underrepresented minority groups. Additionally, she has trained numerous allied health teams and leaders in both professional and interpersonal skill development. She is passionate about equity and supporting students and professionals of color who wish to pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics. Deanna is also a founding member and co-organizer for the Boston Alliance for Diversity in Dietetics (BADD), a program designed to organize social justice-minded students, interns, and professionals in dietetics in the Boston area towards achieving diversity in the field of dietetics.

Study Abroad Events

Check out the following Study Abroad Events: #ramsabroad

Study Abroad Fair: Partner Schools in Europe and the UK
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.
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Study Abroad Fair: Programs Around the World
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1:30 p.m.
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Drop in Study Abroad Advising
Wednesday at 1:30 throughout the semester
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Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture: Eddie Moore, "America is Changing, Are You Ready?

February 17, 2021, 4:30-6 p.m.

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The keynote will challenge the audience to examine and explore issues related to bias, privilege, supremacy and belief systems. Additionally, we learn how to take action against individual and systemic bigotry, privilege and oppression. We need #MooreLeaders committed to justice, equity and change across America. Are you ready? Now Is The Time for us to be #MooreWoke and #MooreFocused on inspiring #MooreGoodTrouble

Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege, leadership and #BecomingAntiRacist training/workshops. Dr. Moore is recognized as one of the nation’s top speakers and educators. His interview with Wisconsin Public Radio won the 2015 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's Best Interview in Medium Market Radio, 1st Place, he is featured in the film “I’m not Racist….Am I?” and in the article "5 Clear Ways to Tell Whether You'll Be a Good Leader in 2021." Dr. Moore was recently named one of Wisconsin's 51 Most Influential Black Leaders and he is also the Founder/Program Director for the national/international White Privilege Conference (WPC). In 2014, Dr. Moore founded The Privilege Institute (TPI) which engages people in research, education, action and leadership through workshops, conferences, publications and strategic partnerships and relationships.

This event is co-sponsored by Arts & Ideas and the Center for Inclusive Excellence.

Black Boys Beyond Stereotypes: A Call to Action

Thursday, Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m.
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As part of our commitment toward becoming an anti-racist institution, in recent months members of the FSU community have been encouraged to watch the documentary film Black Boys. The film takes a powerful look at the dehumanization of black males in the United States through "an intimate, intergenerational conversation at the intersection of sports, education, and criminal justice." We now have an opportunity to have an important discussion about the film with students, faculty, and staff in the FSU community, as well as members of the public. This panel discussion will include two of the film's commentators: Dr. Travis Bristol, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and Mr. Conan Harris, former Executive Director of My Brother's Keeper Boston. Also speaking as a panelist will be FSU Mathematics and Secondary Education student Dan Karanja '21.

Prior to the event, be sure to watch the film, free of charge at:

This event will take place over Zoom. You will receive the Zoom link after registering.

(Un)Documents: A Solo Theater Performance by Jesús Valles

February 24th at 4:30 p.m.

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In their acclaimed solo show, (Un)Documents, award-winning actor and poet Jesús I. Valles journeys across both sides of a river with two names, moving between languages to find their place in a nation that demands sacrifice at the altar of citizenship. In doing so, they create a new kind of documentation written with anger and fierce love.

Socioscientific Issues-Based Instruction for Scientific Literacy Development

The Scholars in Action Series: Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

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A presentation of cutting-edge studies by researchers who collectively implement socioscientific issues practices with students at the elementary, secondary, tertiary, and pre-service science teachers in the United States, South Korea, and Turkey. The findings and implications discussed will provide a blueprint on how pre-service teacher educators and researchers can further science literacy by focusing on contemporary, issues-based approaches to teaching and learning in the science classrooms.

The McAuliffe Center: AstroNights Live

Friday, Feb. 19th, at 7 p.m.

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AstroNights is a live, family-friendly exploration of your night sky that you can join from the comfort of your home. View live on YouTube or join the Zoom Webinar for extra interactive features! Our educators leave audiences with simple advice for observing your real night sky when the program is over. From the colorful characters in our own solar system to the weird and wonderful things far beyond, each program is sure to contain something of interest to armchair astronomers of all ages.

Collegiality: So you think you’re collegial?

February 10th and February 24th, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

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FSU is committed to the development of a collaborative community, so how should university members go about creating an environment in which behavior like collegiality is both expected and developed in the classroom, in the library, and in the office?

Please join us in a lunchtime discussion series about collegiality: Feb. 10 and Feb. 24, on Zoom. Discussion facilitated by Shin Freedman, Jim Freedman, and Joe D’Andrea.

Career Services Virtual Events

Visit Career Services at the Virtual Engagement Fair on Wednesday, February 10, from 4:30PM to 6:30PM on Ramlink:

(Zoom link will be provided when you log into Ramlink).
Come visit the CSER Booth and stop by to learn about how the CSER office assists with: job/internship search strategies, resumes & cover letters, mock interviews, advising majors/minors, soft skills, networking & career connections, career readiness skills, and more.
For one afternoon you will have the opportunity to engage with members of the myriad of organizations, departments, and other groups we have on campus. There will be many representative from these groups present, and they will be prepared to answer any questions about what their group does and how to get involved with their group.