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October 14, 2019

The Future of Space Exploration

The Future of Space Exploration: An Ethical Perspective

Wednesday, October 16, 7 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
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The Space Age made clear the consequences of living in an interdependent world and gave us new perspectives on planet Earth. One was to address the legacy of colonialism as decolonization. The other was the role of human activity in changing the physical system of the Earth, altering our climate.

Dr. Martin Collins from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum invites us to examine how we might make choices as individuals, communities, and nations to resolve the issues before us.

This event is part of the Moon Landing in Context Series.

The Linda Vaden-Goad Authors and Artists Series, Fall 2019

October 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Heineman Ecumenical Center

Dr. Joseph Adelman (History) will discuss his new book, Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763-1789, and Professor David Blair (English) will read selections from Walk Around: Essays on Poetry & Place.

Fall Lyceum Lecture: Shin Freedman

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - Alumni Room, 5-7pm

Be Like Water (就像水一样): Inside Stories from Fulbright Scholars in China

Shin Freedman, a Fulbright Scholar to China, examines how she balanced her teaching responsibilities with students, time with fellow Chinese colleagues, and cultural expectations in daily life in China. She analyzes and reflects her expectations against her actual experiences to offer insights for scholars, higher education administrators and students of study abroad programming. Her 2019 book, Narrative Inquiries from Fulbright Lecturers in China: Cross-Cultural Connections to Higher Education, is a road map for negotiating China's higher education network and cross-cultural education environment.

LatinX Heritage Month Events

Week of Oct. 13th

Film Discussion: El Canto del Colibrí (The Hummingbird Song)
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 4:30 pm
Location: Center for Inclusive Excellence
"El Canto del Colibrí empowers... and magnifies voices often not heard in the LGBTIQA+ community...the documentary permits some of the challenging and complex issues around queer Latin American family members

LatinX in Higher Education: The Road Less Traveled
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Location: Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE)
Panel discussion with Dr. Patricia Sánchez-Connally, Dr. Lina Rincon, and Dr. Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz

Me Gusta Quien Soy (I Like Who I Am)
Friday October 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Location: DPAC
Grow your knowledge in the Drag Queen history and how the art is alive and well in the LatinX Culture.

Week of Oct. 20th

Deaf Awareness and the LatinX community
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Location: Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE)
The nation's deaf Latino (or Hispanic) community is continuing to grow, with more conferences, organizations, and websites about deaf Latinos. A good portion of future growth in deaf and hard of hearing organization membership may come from the Latino community (retrieved from Join us as we share resources and best practices that are occurring around the US here at Framingham State University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Gallaudet University

Blind Spots
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE)
Challenges participants to examine their background, beliefs and biases while identifying areas where they can do the work and grow (retrieved from
Dr. Raul Fernandez conduct his presentation on and share a bit about his professional journey.

LatinX Closing Ceremony
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5 p.m.
Location: DPAC
Family and Community Day: LatinX in the community and politics

The Alan Feldman Week of Poetry

Poetry Reading with Martín Espada
October 22, 2019 at 7 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

The 2nd annual Alan Feldman Week of Poetry is headlined this year by Martín Espada, a professor of English at UMass-Amherst. As a poet, essayist, translator, editor, and attorney, Espada has dedicated much of his career to the pursuit of social justice, including fighting for human rights and reclaiming the historical record. His critically acclaimed collections of poetry celebrate—and lament—the working class experience.

Faculty Poetry Reading
October 24, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Heineman Ecumenical Center

Student Poetry Slam
October 25, 2019 at 7 p.m., Sandellas

Whittemore Library: 50th Anniversary

Please Join Us As We Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of the Henry Whittemore Library at Framingham State University!

Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 4 p.m., Library Entrance
Refreshments to follow

Presentation: Professor Robert Alter, “Henry Whittemore Library in the Context of Heroic Concrete Architecture”

Closing Remarks: Colleen Previte, Archivist

Mass STEM Week: McAuliffe Center Open House

Don't miss the McAuliffe Center Open House during Mass STEM Week (Oct. 21-15). This great family event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn Science Together: Engage in hands-on activities for youth - adults pairs

Explore the universe together: Participate in team discoveries in the FSU planetarium

Take selfies together: Strike a pose next to the life-size 3D replica of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.

For more information, visit and click on STEM Week.

FSU Cooks: English Muffin Toasting Bread and Quick Apple Butter!

Friday, Oct. 18th, 2:30-5:30 p.m., HH209

Follow the fall aromas to the FSU Cooks kitchen as we mix and bake two favorites: bread and apples. Who knew breakfast toast could be so easy! To top it off while the bread is rising we’ll make some quick and easy apple butter. Be sure to bring a container to take your apple butter home!

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Coffee and Conversations with Dr. Anita Danker

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Alumni House, 42 Adams Road

The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA) will be hosting a series of Coffee and Conversations.

The Coffee and Conversations monthly Tuesday morning series will create a forum for fellowship among FSU alumni, showcasing the accomplishments of one FSU alumni who will provide an overview of their work since graduating.

This series will commence on October 15th, when Dr. Anita Danker will join us to discuss Framingham and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage Movement. Come join us to engage in this timely discussion as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Coffee/tea and pastries will be provided.

Save the Date: Professional Development Days

Save the Date: Professional Development Days

Pre-Event BAKE-OFF, Wednesday, January 8, 2020 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Two Full days: Thursday, January 9 and Friday, January 10, 2020.

Spanish Language Table

An informal meeting during dinnertime to practice Spanish, meet special guests, and try different flavors. Presented by the Department of World Languages and Dining Services.

October 24, November 7, November 21, and December 5
McCarthy Center, Dining Commons
5:30-6:30 p .m.

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!

Oct 16
9am-12pm: Essex County Sheriff’s Dept. & Centria Autism Services
12pm-3pm: EverQuote & Social Security Administration
3pm – 6pm: Department of Children and Families

Oct 23
9am – 12 pm: LYTX, Inc.
12pm-3pm: AAFCPA’s & The Moore Agencies

Oct 30
9am – 12pm: ABS Behavioral Health
12pm-3pm: First Help Financial & The Kennedy Day School

Nov 6
Noon-3 pm: City Year

Nov 13
12pm-3pm: The Leap School

Dec 4
12pm-3pm: The Learning Center For The Deaf

Majors Going Mobile, Every Tuesday, through December 10, 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.

TJX Corporation Career Day and Tour, Friday, 10/18, 12:30 p.m.—3:00 p.m. ,TJX Corporate Headquarters- Pre-registration required—Call CSER at 508-626-46245
Get a rare, behind the scenes look at a major corporation. Learn about career opportunities, and enjoy a wonderful presentation and lunch. Limited transportation will be provided.

CHOICE Internship Info Table,  10/21, 10/28, 12 p.m.—2:00 p.m., MC Lobby
IGNITE Professionalism Program, Monday, October 21, 7:30 p.m., MC Alumni Room
This is an interactive workshop where students will gain insight into soft skills that employers say are important for emerging professionals. This program is sponsored by the IGNITE Club, and is open to all majors and all classes. ( IGNITE is a chapter of college students who are ready and eager to support the next generation of female political leaders. IGNITE'S goal is to increase the political ambition, civic engagement and leadership skills of its members in order to build the next generation of women leaders).

The 14th Annual Major/Minor Fair, October 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., MC Forum
Having difficulty choosing a major or a minor? Learn more about which careers would correlate to your choice. Visit academic tables, Career Services, and International
Education (Study Abroad). Ask questions about classes and skills needed for the major/minor you are considering, and how graduate school and internships play a role.

IGNITE Professionalism Program, Thursday, October 24, 1:30 p.m., CIE
This is an interactive workshop where students will gain insight into soft skills that employers say are important for emerging professionals. This program is sponsored by the IGNITE Club, and is open to all majors and all classes. (IGNITE is a chapter of college students who are ready and eager to support the next generation of female political leaders. IGNITE'S goal is to increase the political ambition, civic engagement and leadership skills of its members in order to build the next generation of women leaders).

Careers, Technology and You, Friday, October 25, 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. , DPAC
Panel of industry professionals share what is happening in their fields.

Suitable Solutions Mock Interview and Networking Day, Friday, October 25, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., MC Forum
Practice interviewing with MetroWest employer partners, and receive helpful feedback from professionals in a variety of fields. Open to a limited number of students. Pre-registration required by calling the CSER Office at 508-626-4625.

Polished Professionals Workshop with MindsetGo, Tuesday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., MC Forum
Participants will enhance their abilities to grow their professional network, acquire more business opportunities via referrals, and build their personal brand. During this workshop, attendees will get the tools to develop a personal elevator pitch. Please pre-register via HANDSHAKE.

Avidia Bank Site Visit and Career Day, Nov. 20, 12:30 p.m. –2:30 p.m., Framingham Branch
All majors welcome. Pre-registration required. Transportation to Avidia Bank available. Call the CSER office at 508-626-4625 for details and to register.

How to Find an Internship Workshop, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., MC 1839 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.

Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Graduation and Networking Event, December 5, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., MC Forum
Network with employer partners while learning about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying food and “mock” tails!
Pre-registration is required. Register on HANDSHAKE. Contact the CSER office for more information at 508-626-4625.

On-Campus Interviews Week, December 9 – December 13, Foster 102, Employers and Times To Be Determined
Contact CSER at 508-626-4625 for more information.

Notable Accomplishments

-The MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC) has been invited by the Framingham Business Association to serve as featured speakers for its monthly meeting on October 16, 2019 and asked to provide an economic update of the Greater MetroWest region. Drs. Luis Rosero and Fahlino Sjuib, the Co-Directors of MERC, will present the update to members of the Association with the assistance of MERC Senior Intern Valeria Arauz, a junior at FSU majoring in International Business with a minor in Economics. MERC’s study finds that Greater MetroWest’s economy continues to grow with a low unemployment rate and a record number of jobs despite the high and rising cost of living, especially housing.

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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