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January 30, 2017

Jawaad Abdul Rahman

PDLS - Jawaad Abdul Rahman: Stories over Stereotypes

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.

Upcoming Arts & Ideas Events

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.

GenerationOne Week

During the week of Monday, February 13 through Thursday, February 16, the affinity group on campus, GenerationOne, will be hosting a G1 Week. This week-long event will be a time for our campus community to learn more about what it means to be a first-generation college student at FSU as well as to celebrate the many community members – including students, faculty and staff – who identify as first-generation at FSU.

Schedule of Events:

Monday, February 13:
G1 Kick-Off event, 1:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Alumni Room
G1 Film Screening & panel discussion, 4:30 p.m., Dwight Performing Arts Center (DPAC)

Tuesday, February 14:
Faculty/Staff Discussion, noon, Center for Inclusive Excellence
Scholarships 101, 4:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum

Wednesday, February 15:
Graduate School Panel, 4:30 p.m., Center for Inclusive Excellence
Career Services Roundtables, 4:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum **prior sign-up required, email mmcgonagle1@framingham.eduto sign-up**

Thursday, February 16:
G1 Ice Cream Social, 1 p.m., Forum
Generation One Relay for Life Team Prep, 4 p.m., Paul T. Murphy Club Room

CASA • Center for Inclusive Excellence •M.I.S.S •First Year Programs •CELTSS • Financial Aid Office •Development & Alumni Relations •The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni •Career Services & Employer Relations •Student Government Association • Office of Graduate Admissions

Upcoming Events Sponsored by CIE

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

Hope-In-Action: Know Your Rights/Active Bystander, 2/8, 4:30pm-6pm in the MC Alumni Room – Discussion Led by ACLU sponsored by Professor Patricia Sanchez-Connally, Arts and Ideas, and the Council on Diversity and Inclusion.

Brave Space Series: LGBT+ 101 Workshop Wednesday, 2/15, 1:30pm-2:20pm, Center for Inclusive Excellence – Discussion led by Jace Williams. Sponsored by CIE.

Self-Defense Class, Wednesday, 2/15, 7pm-8:30pm in the Forum- Please Register by contacting Sgt. Nicholas at Sponsored by University Police.

Unafraid: A Discussion on race, Immigration, and LGBTQ Equality, Thursday, 2/23, 6:30-8pm, Ecumenical Center - Through storytelling Julián Cancino will discuss the intersections of racial justice and LGTQ equality. Sponsored by Professor Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz.

Self-Defense Class, Wednesday, 3/1, 7pm-8:30pm in the Forum- Please Register by contacting Sgt. Nicholas at Sponsored by University Police.

Brave Space Series: LGBT+ 101 Workshop Wednesday, 3/8, 1:30pm-2:20pm, Center for Inclusive Excellence – Discussion led by Jace Williams. Sponsored by CIE.

Hope-in-Action: Becoming an Active Bystander, Thursday 3/9, 4:30pm-6pm in the MC Alumni Room- Discussion led by Muslim Justice League. Sponsored by Professor Patricia Sanchez-Connally, Arts and Ideas and the Council on Diversity and Inclusion.

Being a Good Sport: Educators’ Roles in Promoting Safe Athletic Environments for LGBTQ Youth, Monday, 3/20, 1:30 - 2:30 PM, Center for Inclusive Excellence- Discussion led by Scott Greenspan, M.S., Doctoral Student in School Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Sponsor by Professor James Cressey.

Brave Space Series: LGBT+ 101 Workshop Wednesday, 4/12, 1:30pm-2:20pm, Center for Inclusive Excellence – Discussion led by Jace Williams. Sponsored by CIE. 


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!

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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 -

Save the Date: Accepted Student Receptions

This year’s Accepted Student Receptions are scheduled for Saturday, April 1, 2017 and Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Planetarium Show: Phantom of the Universe

Phantom of the Universe + Remembering Vera Rubin
Friday February 10th, 5:30pm & 6:30pm, Framingham State Planetarium located in the McAuliffe Center. 

Register Here

Giant telescopes opened humanity’s eyes to a vast universe of glowing stars and galaxies. But as these instruments became more advanced, astronomers began to suspect there was something else out there that even their telescopes couldn’t see: dark matter. In this month’s special event, we will be screening Phantom of the Universe, a brand-new fulldome film produced in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider. We will have our staff on hand to guide discussion of this complex and unfamiliar topic, and after the film we will pay tribute to the late Vera Rubin whose work was influential in shaping our modern understanding of dark matter. This film is a great introduction to this topic and does not require a specific science background. However, its content is intended for those in high school and above.

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Thomas Koshy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, has two articles published: They are
1) "Combinatorial Models for Tribonacci Polynomials," The Mathematical Scientist, Vol. 41 (2016), pp. 101-107.
2) "A Combinatorial Model for Fibonacci Polynomials," Journal of the Indian Academy of Mathematics, Vol. 38 (2016), pp. 1-11.

-English Professor Colleen Coyne's poem, "Tricks for the Camera Owner," will appear in LUMINA Vol. XVI: Borders and Boundaries.

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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