Campus Currents

October 13th, 2015

Chorus Performance

Chorus Sings at Civil War Encampment

The Framingham University Chorus was joined by the Framingham High School Chorus and the Greater Framingham Community Church Choir under the direction of Dr. Paul Cienniwa on Saturday, October 3 to perform at the Civil War Living History and Encampment Weekend on the Framingham Green.

Nathaniel Philbrick Fills DPAC

By Scott Calzolaio ’16, publications intern

The story of a whale that capsized a boat 3,000 miles off-shore forcing the surviving crew members to eat the dead is hardly the polished-up fictional version of the tale Moby Dick.

Author Nathaniel Philbrick discussed the research and writing process of his book, and this year’s freshmen common reading, In the Heart of the Sea, during his presentation to a full DPAC on Tuesday.

The brunt of Philbrick’s research shed light on the Essex disaster, a time he called Nantucket’s “dark chapter,” and the subject of In the Heart of the Sea This incident impacted far more than just business, said Philbrick.

“The whole premise of whaling was that God had ordained that the fish of the sea were there for man’s betterment,” he said. “And that it was the whaleman’s duty, to his family, loved ones and to his God to go out there and hunt whales.”

The Quakers of Nantucket saw whaling as a “heroic quest,” as depicted in his book, said Philbrick.

“Quaker whalers going out there, doing a whale, and bringing light to the world,” he said. “It was Nantucket whale oil that was lighting the streets of London and Paris.”

The Essex disaster forced the massive, and in many cases monopolized, whaling industry in 1890’s Nantucket to take a step back question whether this was an incident of divine intervention.

 “To have a whale turn the tables on a Nantucketer, and to make the Nantucketer into prey, this completely rocked their world,” said Philbrick. “What Chase said in his narrative, is that they began to wonder, ‘was this a judgement of the gods?’”

Philbrick was proud to discuss the upcoming release of the Hollywood film adaptation of In the Heart of the Sea featuring Chris Hemsworth as Owen Chase, first mate on the Essex, in theatres Dec 11.

First Generation Film Screening

Thursday, Oct. 15, 4:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

An award-winning documentary narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, First Generation tells the story of four high school students - an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers - who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. Join us for this film screening, followed by a discussion with first generation students at FSU facilitated by Sociology Professor Ira Silver.

Activist Naomi Tutu Comes to FSU

Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. DPAC

Human rights activist Nontombi Naomi Tutu returns to Framingham State for a special lecture entitled "Black Truths Matter: Lessons from South Africa's TRC for the U.S. Today." 

Using South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as a starting place and model, race and gender justice activist, Naomi Tutu, argues that it takes courage to speak and hear the truth.  It is especially difficult to hear truths that challenge our image of ourselves as a community, and as a nation.  However, it is only in taking this first hard step, that healing becomes possible.

Tutu is the third child of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, and Brevard College in North Carolina. Tutu is a candidate for ordination in the Episcopal diocese of Tennessee.

Working Group for Parents of Young Children

Dear faculty and staff,

We would like to invite all parents of young children to join a group that we hope will serve as a source of support as we seek to balance the demands of career and family.  We have chosen two possible dates to meet to begin to share experiences, advice, and resources and to brainstorm ideas concerning how we might work together to tackle the issues many of us are facing.

Thursday, October 15, 12:30-1:20, PCRII

Monday, October 19, 1:30-2:20, Archives Room, Whittemore Library (LM01)

We look forward to sharing experiences and resources with you!

Lissa Bollettino, History
May Hara, Education
Patricia Sanchez-Connally, Sociology
Emily Abel, CASA

The Color of Wealth

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Greater Framingham Community Church
44 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA 01702

Please join us for a special presentation of the report produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston entitled “The Color of Wealth in Boston.”  This report reveals a staggering disparity between the net worth of whites as compared with nonwhites in the greater Boston area.

Findings from the report will be presented by Ana Patricia Munoz, Community Development Research Director with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by State Rep. Chris Walsh.  This event is being hosted by Framingham State University in collaboration with the Greater Framingham Community Church.  (Attached please find the event poster, and a copy of the official report).

Event panelists include:
Reverend J. Anthony Lloyd, Senior Pastor, Greater Framingham Community Church
State Sen. Jamie Eldridge
Yves Salomon-Fernandez, Interim President MassBay Community College
Marc Jacobs, CEO Jewish Family Service of MetroWest
Paul Mina, President & CEO United Way of Tri-County
Renee Harper, Asst. Vice President and Controller Liberty Mutual
Lori Anderson, Representative from MetroWest Economic Research Center

Upcoming Wellness Events

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Speak About It
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Location: DPAC
Organized by:  First Year Programs, Health Center and Dean’s Office

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Alcohol Awareness Week
12 pm-2 :00 pm
McCarthy Center Lobby
Organized by: SEALS

Notable Accomplishments

-Sociology Professor Ira Silver wrote a letter that appeared in the October 4th New York Times about an assignment he gives students in his Society, Technology & the Future course. The letter was in response to an article by MIT Professor Sherry Turkle about how our attachment to mobile devices weakens social interactions. Dr. Silver describes how the “solo challenge” he asks his students to undertake (no texting, emailing, social media, or web surfing for 48 continuous hours) enables them to taste the joys of spontaneous face-to-face communication and spending time alone. This shows that despite what we might hear about ‘kids these days,’ young people now – as in generations past – have a deep yearning for unmediated engagement with the world.

-Associate Professor in the Communication Arts Department, Laura Osterweis, has had a proposal for a paper presentation, "Designing a Logo for the Human Race: A Case Study," accepted into the 10th Annual Design Principles and Practices 2016 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 25-27, 2016. Osterweis developed the project on which the paper is based while participating in the CDI Faculty Institute last year.

-Dr. Thomas Koshy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, has two articles published in The Fibonacci Quarterly:
1) Graph-theoretic Models for the Univariate Fibonacci Family, Vol. 53 (2015), 135-146.
2) Differences of Gibonacci Products with the same Order, Vol. 53 (2015),  241-246.

Upcoming events

"A Piece of My Heart" Show

Saturday, November 18, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dwight Hall Auditorium 206 (DPAC), Dwight Hall Foyer

Organized by: Dept of Communications Arts

Manisha Sinha, The Slave's Cause: A New History of Abolition

Monday, November 20, 2017

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Heineman Ecumenical Center

Organized by: Arts & Ideas

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