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January 21, 2020

Clint Smith visits FSU in February

Arts & Ideas: Spring 2020

Arts & Ideas is back for the spring semester, with several exciting events on tap! Some of the schedule has changed, with new events being added, and previously scheduled events being moved, so be sure to check out the very latest lineup!

Things kickoff in February with four exciting events:

Sugar and Slavery: An Interdisciplinary Panel
February 11, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

The routes by which sugar moved from production to consumption were the root of slavery from the 17th to the 19th century. A panel of FSU faculty will explore how history, geography and astronomy colluded to induce, re-inforce, and re-invent the bitter industry of slavery, all in pursuit of the sweetness of sugar.

Heads and Tails: A Documentary of Traveling Hair
February 12, 2020, at 5:00 p.m , Forum, McCarthy Center

Heads and Tails is a documentary film that chronicles the curious hair trade between Turkey and Israel. The directors of the film, AylinKuryel and Firat Yucel, will offer a talk and Q & A after the film screening.

Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture Series: Clint Smith, “History Reconsidered”
February 19, 2020, at 4:30 p.m., Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center

The United States is a country of great opportunity, but we must wrestle with how certain opportunities are contingent on different facets of one’s identity. The United States has provided economic mobility for millions of people, but we must wrestle with the history of violence and exploitation that helped to generate its economic foundation. The United States has freed millions around the world from despots and genocide, and we must wrestle with this same country’s pervasive history of barbarous imperialism. These are all parts of what make this country what it is. In this talk, combining poetry and history, Clint Smith pushes the audience to wrestle with the complicated truths about the country we live in and helps crystallize how this history has shaped the contemporary social, political, and cultural landscape of our world today.

Weight Stigma in American Society: Public Health Consequences and Structural Solutions
February 24, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Weight-based bullying, stigma, and discrimination are commonplace in our society. What impact does this have on children and adults, and what should we do about it? Dr. Rebecca Puhl will present research evidence highlighting the nature and health consequences of weight stigma, and discuss broad-level strategies to address this problem, including actions from parents, educators, health care providers, and policy-makers.

Black History Month Celebrations

February is Black History Month and several events are being planned by the Division of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement to celebrate.

2/18: Black Faculty Panel Discussion: Rare or not rare? A question and answer session about the rarity of black tenured professors in higher education. The Center for Inclusive Excellence at 4:30 p.m.

2/19: The Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture Series: Clint Smith, "History Reconsidered." Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center at 4:30 p.m.

2/25: Black Professionals in Lead Roles: A panel discussion on diversity & inclusion compliance and diversifying the talent pipeline. McCarthy Center Forum at 4:30 p.m.

2/27: Film Discussion on the Intersection of Gender & Bias: Facilitated by Justice Resource Institute (JRI) GLASS Framingham. Center for Inclusive Excellence at 4:30 p.m.

2/29 Black Excellence in Achievement Panel & African Student Union Closing Gala: Awards, food, dance, and music to celebrate black culture. McCarthy Center Forum at 5 p.m.

Free Concert: A Celebration of Diversity

Join us for a free concert on Tuesday, February 4, at 7 p.m. in DPAC:

From Argentina: Lerner & Moguilevsky

The Michael B. Rukin Artist-In-Residency

Imagine that klezmer takes a trip to Buenos Aires and falls in love with tango, jazz, and Latin American folk music. That gives you some idea of the unique sound of Argentinian virtuosos, Cesar Lerner and Marcelo Moguilevsky. They have performed in concert halls and music festivals world-wide and in 2015, they accompanied fellow Argentinian, Pope Francis, on his visit to Israel. Naturals on a wide range of instruments from accordion to whistles to their own vocals, their concerts are irresistible celebrations of how new music can be shaped by so many diverse traditions.

Sponsored by: Framingham State University, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, JFS of MetroWest, Wayside Youth and Family Support Network.

Midday Performance Series: Swaari Performance and Workshop

McCarthy Center Forum
Monday, Feb. 10
Workshop at 1:30 p.m.; Performance at 4:30 p.m.

Sawaari explores the nexus of Indian taals, Arabic maqams, and trance music from North Africa and Italy, fully encompassing the varied interests and backgrounds of its band members: Fabio Pirozzolo (vocals and percussion), Jussi Reijonen (oud), Mike Rivard (sintir and double bass), Andy Bergman (sax, clarinet) and Amit Kavthekar (tabla). With an emphasis on rhythm, the music they create together has a searching, exploratory quality that brings together the meditative with the energetic, taking the listener from sparse tranquility to complex syncopations in a moment. Named for a word that means "to ride" in Urdu, Sawaari invites audiences to be transported into a world of rhythm and sound that knows no borders, no limitations.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Guest Juror Sam Toabe
January 23 – February 17, 2020
Reception Tuesday, January 28, 4:30-6:30pm

Mazmanian Gallery presents a juried exhibition of Framingham State University student work. This year the works will be selected through an open call process by guest juror, Sam Toabe, curator from UMass Boston’s University Hall Gallery.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 5:45PM:

Employers showcase their organization every Wednesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the Welcome Desk. Their goal is to network with FSU students and recruit students for full time or internship opportunities. Stop by their table in order to learn about new internships and job opportunities!

Jan 22
9am - 12pm: Boston Heart Diagnostics & ReMax
12pm- 3pm: Best Buy & Travelers Insurance
3pm-6pm: Neighborhood Assistance Corporation America & TeamBonding

Jan 29
9am-12pm: Walker, Inc. & US Army
12pm-3pm: ABS Behavioral Health Services & Lytx, Inc.

Feb 5
12pm-3pm: Centria Autism Services

Feb 12
11am-1pm: New England Center for Children Career Day
1pm-4pm: Accept Education Collaborative

Feb 19
12pm-3pm: Department of Youth Services &T.S.A.

Feb 20 (Thursday Employer Showcase) 
10am – 4pm: Davey Resource Group

Feb 26
12pm-3pm: The Key Program & BU Advising Corps.

Mar 11
12pm-3pm: Cloud International

Mar 25
12pm-3pm: RCS Learning Center

Apr 1
9am-12pm: Ashland Public Schools

Majors Going Mobile, Every Tuesday, through May 6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., MC Lobby

The Career Services office showcases different majors and minors every Tuesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the Welcome Desk. The goal is to be available to FSU students who may have questions about their major and/or would like to have more information about which careers and internships might be available to them in their major. Stop by the table in order to learn about the many majors and minors available at FSU.

SGA Professionalism Workshop, Tuesday, January 21, 7:30 p.m., MC Alumni Room

This interactive workshop will assist students gain insight into the soft skills that employers say are important for their careers. Focus will be on career readiness competencies through case studies and more. Open to all majors.

Spring 2020 Suitable Solutions Program Kickoff, Thursday, January 30, 1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m., Foster Hall 102

All majors invited to attend to learn about this professionalism initiative, meet key employer partners and register for the program.

How to Find an Internship Workshops, Wednesday 2/12, 3/11, 4/8 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., MC Alumni Room

This is an interactive workshop where students gain insight into the process of internship search strategies including: self-inventory, preparation process, resume reviews, professional attire, mock interviewing, professional references, the search process, HANDSHAKE, CSER events, networking, and how to apply.

STEM Career & Internship Fair, Thursday, February 20, 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., MC Forum

Career Fair—Students will explore internship and full time opportunities that meet their career goals.

Speed Networking—Students will meet diverse employers to discuss their STEM career interests.

Resume Critique—Employers will do a quick resume critique of students’ resumes to help them understand how to best highlight their skills and experience in the highly competitive STEM job market.

MathWorks Career Day, Wednesday, February 26

1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m. Career Day Presentation, MC Alumni Room

2:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m. Discussion & Questions, MC Alumni Room

Hear about the many opportunities at MathWorks. All majors are welcome! Please call the CSER office to find out more information at 508-626-4625.

CHOICE Internship Info Table, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 12 p.m.—2:00 p.m., MC Lobby

Spring Job and Internship Fair, Wednesday, March 25, 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m., MC Forum

Come to this great networking event! Full-time and Internship positions available. Over 55 employers from the business, human services, non-profit, and STEM field’s will be featured. Bring your resume. Dress professionally. Log onto your HANDSHAKE account to view full list of organizations.

MERC Education Fair, Thursday, April 23, 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., at Boston University

Come to the largest education fair in New England - Over 100 school systems and agencies attend! Save the date for this annual recruiting event that brings together teaching candidates and school systems across the country for networking and job opportunities in public/private schools. Must register at: Limited transportation will be provided. Must pre-register for the van by calling the CSER Office at 508-626-4625.

Notable Accomplishments

-Emeritus Professor John Anderson, Art Department, recently was the subject of a review in the Arts Section of The Boston Globe. The review discussed his work currently on exhibit at The Boston Sculptors Gallery, which closes on January 26th. He was also interviewed on Fox 25 News regarding his sculpture pertaining to the opioid crisis, which is currently on exhibit through May 3rd at the Fuller Craft Museum.

Upcoming events

Habitat Earth Screening for Young Learners with Dr. Margaret Carroll

Monday, April 12, 2021

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

The Unraveling of the World: What Climate Change Has to Teach Us by Dr. Vandana Singh

Monday, April 12, 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C, Dept of Physics & Earth Science

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