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January 23, 2017

Arts & Ideas - Spring 2017

Arts & Ideas – Spring 2017

Several interesting events have been added to the Arts & Ideas Series for Spring 2017! Below is a summary of the main lineup!

Know Your Rights with ACLU Massachusetts
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

Join us for a “Know Your Rights” discussion with the ACLU to learn more about citizens’ rights at school, when questioned by the police, at demonstrations or protests and during other police encounters (i.e. at airports, public spaces). This event is part of Hope in Action. 

An Evening with Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of Concussion
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7 PM, Dwight Performing Arts Center

Award-winning writer Jeanne Marie Laskas has been called “a reporting and writing powerhouse” (Rebecca Skloot).  Laskas proves it once again in the bestselling Concussion, based on her groundbreaking 2009 GQ article about the NFL concussion scandal, which became the inspiration for the feature film starring Will Smith.  Her long form journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Allure, and many others.  Laskas is the Director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

An Evening with Dr. John Carlos, Olympian and activist
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM, Dwight Performing Arts Center

Dr. John Carlos is a famous Olympic medalist from the 1968 games.  He is also well known for his humanitarian efforts.  He is the founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights and pushes for more representation for people of color in the Olympic Games.  He will demonstrate how athletes can use their recognition to accomplish real social change. This lecture will talk about human rights issues (especially during the 1960s when Dr. John Carlos won his medal) in conjunction with athleticism.

World in Flicks screening and discussion – Mountains May Depart (Chinese language film)
Wednesday, March 8 at 7 PM, Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, This film is an intensely moving study of how China's economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love.

Presentation by the Muslim Justice League
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

Part of Hope in Action, this presentation with the Muslim Justice League will focus on sharing policy expertise on the “domestic war on terror” and different violations of human and civil rights.  The MJL will also discuss resistance strategies, which have been developed with the help of social services providers, attorneys and law students; and faith, community and student groups.  The first goal of these discussions is to learn about the struggle against racial, religious and political profiling. The second goal is to allow a space on our campus for those interested, to learn about strategies on how to be an active bystander

Treating Mass Shootings for What They Really Are: Threats to American Security - Dr. Louis Klarevas
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7 PM, Dwight Performing Arts Center

Virginia Tech. Fort Hood. Aurora. Charleston. San Bernardino. Orlando. Mass shootings now pose the single most credible threat to American public safety. And no place is immune, as the New England town of Newtown, Connecticut, learned back in 2012.  Why do people go on such deadly attacks? What makes these acts of violence a security threat? And what can be done to change the conversation and curb the carnage?  On March 30, join us for an evening with Dr. Louis Klarevas, author of Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings, as he answers these pressing questions and offers a way forward.

Changing the Conversation: One Woman at a Time
Thursday,  April 6, 2017 at 5 PM, Forum, McCarthy Center

TAWA (Turkish-Armenian Women’s Alliance), a grassroots effort to bring together a group of Armenian and Turkish women in Boston, embarked on an unusual journey to tackle the subject of the Armenian Genocide: an all-female conversation which rejected dogmatic narratives wrapped within a masculine chauvinistic language.  At this event, Gonca Sonmez-Poole will screen videotaped interviews with the participants of TAWA as their “difficult dialogue” was taking place, followed by an open discussion.

Three Perspectives on Food Conservation During World War I – presentation, exhibition and reception
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 2:30 PM, Whittemore Library

Shortly after the United States entered WWI, President Wilson created the US Food Administration (USFA) with the goal to conserve food and boost agricultural output.  Thus began a concerted national, decentralized community organizing effort to reduce consumption of sugar, wheat, fats, and meat, and increase the use of fish, oats, corn, potatoes, molasses, and home grown vegetables.  

Mass media in was in its infancy in 1917 and the USFA utilized a variety of outreach efforts mostly relying on newspaper, magazine, and poster advertising directed to identifiable segments of the US population.  Immigrant groups, communities of color, businessmen, children, women’s magazines, restaurants owners, home and school gardeners were specifically targeted.

A home pledge card outreach effort elicited 14 million to join the campaign.  The program was informally called ‘Hooverism,’ as Herbert Hoover served as the USFA Director after returning from his self-appointed post in Europe where he organized the delivery of food to starving populations in Belgium and France.  This outreach effort was entirely voluntary and in the end, 33,841,307 pounds of food, equaling $5,234,028,208 was delivered to Europe during the war and reconstruction period. 

April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I.  In recognition of that milestone, this event brings together history, art and nutrition to reflect on that time period.

Georgia and Me – a one-woman play about Georgia O’Keefe
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7 PM, Dwight Performing Arts Center

Georgia O’Keeffe, the American painter who defied the male art world in the New York of the 20’s and 30’s, confronts Sarah in the midst of a spiritual crisis in dreams, challenging her to rekindle her creative fire! From a bistro in New York City, to New Mexico, to a showdown in the Texas Panhandle……….it’s never too late to find out who you thought you were.

World in Flicks screening and discussion – Mustang (Turkish language film)
Wednesday, April 19 at 7 PM, Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

Nominated for 2015 Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.  It's the beginning of the summer. In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them. 

Upcoming Events Sponsored by CIE

Hope-In-Action: Exploring Mental Health, Wednesday, 1/25, 4:30 p.m. in the CIE- Discussion led by Emmanuel Destine ’19 and Chief of Staff and General Counsel, Rita Colucci. Co-Sponsored by the Counseling Center.

CIE Community Conversation: Racial Spotlighting and Microaggressions in the Classroom, Monday 1/30, 1:30 p.m. in the CIE- Discussion led by Professor Folashade Solomon. Sponsored by the CIE.

For questions, please contact Chon’tel Washington at


Need Help filing the 2017-2018 FAFSA? Don't miss out on any Financial Aid. Come to a FAFSA Day and meet with FSU Financial Aid Staff to help you with the process.

Where: Student Lounge, McCarthy Center 308
When: Feb. 6 and 7, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Feb. 15 and 16, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What to Bring: 2015 Tax documents, FSA ID and your laptop. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY

FSU has a priority deadline of March 1st.

Free Desserts and Hot Beverages!

(Now that you are reading this…)

Join the Black and Gold Beginnings team and help welcome the Class of 2021 in the fall. 

Does your office or department have messages or programs they would like to share with the new class? 

RSVP here to join us on February 8 at 1:30pm -

Field Trip Announcement: BIOL 336

BIOL 336 Ornithology will be going on an all-day field trip to Plum Island on Thursday, March 23, from 8 a.m. to 5p.m.  Students will be instructed on the first day of classes to discuss any scheduling conflicts with their instructors.  Please direct any questions to Brandi Van Roo, x4799.

Sad News

Framingham State Professor Emerita Mary Haley passed away in October at the age of 89. Dr. Haley was instrumental in the founding of the nursing program at the University and a vital member of the all-college curriculum committee. Professor Emeritus Nicholas Racheotes described Dr. Haley as "one of the kindest, most professional, and thoroughly dedicated colleagues one could have had the pleasure to work with." Her obituary can be found here.

Notable Accomplishments

-Framingham State History Professor Joseph Adelman published an essay on the origins of press freedom at We're History, a site devoted to bringing history to a broad public audience. The essay was titled "Free from the Government."  

-Former English Department Chair and Professor Emerita Dr. Miriam Levine’s poems, "White Asters at Candlewood" and "Orpheus and Eurydice: Revising the Old Story," appear in the winter 2016 issue of The Southern Review;  Also published  in winter 2016, the additional poems "Golden Cosmos," "Iris Germanica," "The Shave," and "John's Story," in Constellations"; "Star Magnolia," in Valparaiso Poetry Review; "Filthy Pleasure" and "Teens," in Broad Street; and "On the Steps of the Miami Beach Cinematheque,” in South Florida Poetry Journal.

-Dr. Bartholomew Brinkman’s book, Poetic Modernism in the Culture of Mass Print, has just been published by Johns Hopkins University Press.  


Upcoming events

Semester Classes End

Friday, December 14, 2018

8:30 am - 10:00 pm

Campus Wide - No Location

Organized by: University Registrar

Vineyard Metrowest Service

Sunday, December 16, 2018

10:00 am - 11:30 am

McCarthy Campus Center Alumni Room, McCarthy Campus Center 1839 Room, Heineman Ecumenical Center

Organized by: Outside Group / Campus Events

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