Campus Currents

October 17, 2016

Reginald Dwayne Betts

Two Events with Reginald Dwayne Betts

Prison, Poetry, and Justice: An Afternoon with Reginald Dwayne Betts
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, 2:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Award-winning poet Reginald Dwayne Betts explores a range of topics through his poetry, including abandonment (by both father figures and society at large), poverty, juvenile incarceration, solitary confinement, and prison culture. In this event, Betts will read from his two critically-acclaimed collections of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era and Shahid Reads His Own Palm, and will discuss the inspiration behind his work.

The Circumference of a Prison: Youth, Race, and the Failures of the American Justice System
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at 4:30 p.m., Dwight Performing Arts Center

At age 16, Reginald Dwayne Betts participated in a carjacking. For this, he was sentenced as an adult, serving eight years in prison. Now a critically-acclaimed poet, justice advocate, and Yale University law student, Betts provides a window into the world of prison culture. In so doing, he shakes up the conversation concerning race, inequality, and power by asking us to confront structural powers and criminal justice practices as they stand in the United States.

These Arts & Ideas Events are part of the Change the Conversation, Change the World Series.

Other People's Footage: Copyright and Fair Use

Other People's Footage: Copyright & Fair Use
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at 7 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Framingham State University’s own Robert Johnson, Jr. and his co-producer/co-director, Dr. Diane Carson, will screen their documentary, Other People’s Footage: Copyright & Fair Use, which explores the three questions crucial to determining fair use exemptions. The film presents illustrative examples from nonfiction, fiction, and experimental films that use footage, voice, music and sound from other individuals' creations—without permission or paying fees. Featuring 19 on-camera interviews with noteworthy filmmakers and legal experts, the film also clarifies legal issues regarding trademark, parody, shooting on location or in a controlled setting and reviews relevant court cases.

A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring the filmmakers Diane E. Carson and Robert Johnson, Jr. along with Dr. Deborah Geisler, Associate Professor of Law at Suffolk University, and Dr. Janet Elie Faulkner, principal/owner of Faulkner Legal Consulting in Reading, Massachusetts.

This Arts & Ideas Event is part of the Change the Conversation, Change the World Series.

Comedian Jimmy Tingle Comes to FSU!

Jimmy Tingle for President: Humor for Humanity - Register Here
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Dwight Performing Arts Center

As the election draws near, it’s time to hear from Jimmy Tingle, the founder of Humor for Humanity, in his 2016 bid for presidency of the United States. On every issue confronting the next president, Tingle provides both comedic and serious solutions. Whether it’s money in politics, free speech, climate change, immigration, gun safety, or technology, Jimmy Tingle has the matter under control in his hilarious thought-provoking show.

Learn more about Jimmy Tingle at

This Arts & Ideas Event is part of the Change the Conversation, Change the World Series.

Careers, Technology and You!

Friday, Oct. 21st, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in DPAC

Come and hear industry experts share their take on current and future trends in technology in local and global industries! All are welcome! (IBM, Microsoft, BOSE, TJX, Mathworks,and more...)

Fall Lyceum Lecture: Dr. Kelly Matthews

The Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS) is proud to present the Fall Lyceum Lecture: "How Radio Made Brian Friel a Playwright."

Come here this fascinating lecture by English Professor Kelly Matthews.

Monday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m., in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Midday Performance Series: Pianist Jihye Chang

Don't miss the second event in this year's Midday Performance Series: Pianist Jihye Chang

Monday, Oct. 24, at 1:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center.

Pianist Jihye Chang has appeared as soloist and collaborative artist in venues throughout the United States, Canada, Korea, France, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Honduras. Her performances and recordings have been broadcast on KBS TV and KBS FM Radio Korea, PBC TV Korea, Yedang TV Korea, and Costa Rica Classical Radio, and she has appeared as a soloist with ensembles all over the world.

Authors and Artists: Paul Yalowitz and Kate Caffrey

The Fall Authors and Artists Event will feature talks from Framingham State Professors Paul Yalowitz and Kate Caffrey. Come learn about their writing process and the inspiration for their books. Refreshments will be served.

Wed, Oct. 26, 2016, 1:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Paul Yalowitz: The Admiral and the Penguin
Art and Music Professor Paul Yalowitz will discuss the creative process behind his new self-published picture book, The Admiral and the Penguin. Yalowitz is the author and illustrator of the book.

Kate Caffrey: Celebrating Live Theatre
Communication Arts Professor Kate Caffrey will talk about her textbook Celebrating Live Theatre, including what prompted her to write it, the process, and a short reading.

Literacy Honor Society Hosts Pam Allyn

Framingham State's Alphi Pi Chapter of Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the Honor Society of the International Literacy Association, will host Pam Allyn for a special event on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Allyn is the Founding Director of LitWorld, a global literacy initiative serving children across the United States and in more than 60 countries. She is also the Executive Director and Founder of LitLife, a consulting group working with schools to enrich best practice teaching methods and building curriculum for reading and writing. Allyn is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow working with a team of people to explore and develop methods for promoting racial harmony in the United States.

For questions or to RSVP, e-mail Dr. Diane Lowe at

Meet Award-Winning Film Director Kyoko Gasha

Don't miss out on a unique opportunity to meet the Award Winning Documentary Film Director Kyoko Gasha on Monday, November 7, in DPAC at 12:30 p.m.

The University will be screening her film, Mothers' Way, Daughers' Choice, on four occasions prior to her visit. Each screening will take place at 7 p.m. in Dwight 307:

-Monday, Oct. 24
-Thursday, Oct. 27
-Wednesday, Nov. 2
-Thursday, Nov. 3

Film Description: Why would successful women from the world’s second largest economic power choose to start their lives over in New York City? Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice explores how several Japanese women struggle to reconcile their traditional upbringing with their desire to create independent lives.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development in partnership with Showa University Boston. For more information, contact Maureen Cupoli at

3rd Annual Phi Alpha Theta Lecture

Join us for the 3rd Annual Phi Alpha Theta Lecture:

Magnus Bernhardsson: "What is ISIS? And What Does it Want? A Historical Perspective"

Wednesday, October 26, 4:30 p.m.
North Hall Commons

Prof. Bernhardsson will offer a historical perspective on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS - sometimes also called ISIL or DAESH): their historical background, their level of operations, and the underpinnings of their ideology. The lecture will highlight how they are driven by a commitment to purify their lands of undesirable elements, especially how they have destroyed and plundered historical sites, art, and artifacts and how they thrive in anarchic, war-like conditions.

Magnus T. Bernhardsson is Professor of History and Faculty Affiliate in Leadership Studies and Religion at Williams College. He is the author of Reclaiming a Plundered Past: Archaeology and Nationalism in Modern Iraq. His research is concerned with modern Iraqi history, U.S.-Iraqi relations 1900-2000, archaeology, and nationalism in the modern Middle East.

Upcoming Career Services Events

Employer Showcase Series:
See dates and times below:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday in the McCarthy Center Lobby:

Noon to 3 p.m.: Lighthouse Schoos, Inc.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: MetroWest YMCA Career Day

Noon to 3 p.m.: Federal Bureau of Prisons

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Kforce Careers Information Day

Noon to 3 p.m.: Transportation Security Administration

CHOICE Internship Program  DROP IN-HOURS

The CSER Office will host drop in hours for students to ask questions about the CHOICE Internship program: monetary funding for internships.  Drop in to the CSER Office, 412 McCarthy Campus Center, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the following Thursdays:
October 20
October 27

Bose Career Day Information Session
Monday, October 17, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.,  HA 423
Come learn about career opportunities with BOSE.

Diversity Virtual Career Fair
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Looking for a job, internship or co-op? Save valuable time and meet
recruiters live online! Diverse job seekers are invited to join this Virtual Event to meet top-notch employers recruiting sought after talent! Attend the fair from anywhere! Online access is needed.

Careers, Technology & You
Friday, October 21,  9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m., DPAC

Human Services and Non Profit Fair
Wednesday, October 26, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum
Explore internship and full-time opportunities available in human services and non-profits.  Dress professionally, bring your resume, and network with up to 30 employers. Event is for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Career Advice Roundtables (CARS) Networking Event
Wednesday, October 26, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., MC Alumni Room
The CARS Program is designed to provide a dialog between professionals (including many FSU alumni) and students seeking real answers to their career related questions. Each employer will moderate one table while students rotate from table to table seeking advice from all participating professionals.

COMMCREATIVE  Career Day & Tour
Thursday, October 27, 12:30 p.m.—2:00 p.m.,  Framingham
Operations overview, tour and Q & A. Dress professionally—networking opportunity. Preregistration is required. Transportation provided.

TJX Corporation Career Day & Tour
Friday, October 28, 12:30 p.m.—3:00 p.m. , TJX Headquarters
Operations overview, learn recruitment perspectives in their hiring, lunch & networking. Preregistration is required. Transportation provided.
The 11th Annual Major/Minor Fair
Tuesday, November 1, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 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.

Business Etiquette Dinner
Thursday, December 1, 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m., MC Forum
Bread plate, dinner plate, water glass...what are all of these do I use them and when? Come find out at the new Etiquette Dinner.  Enjoy a great meal and learn the proper etiquette for business dining. Space is limited. Must sign up in the CSER office.  Seniors will be given first preference.


Notable Accomplishments

-Professor Laura Osterweis from the Communication Arts Department created a custom lipstick painting for L'Oréal Paris in conjunction with Paris Fashion Week 2016. The artwork was featured at an event on September 30th hosted by L’Oréal Paris. View more of her work at and follow her on Instagram at

-English Professor Emeritus Dr. Alan Feldman’s book, Immortality, is the recipient of the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry. The Massachusetts Book Awards program, administered by the Massachusetts Center for the Book in association with the Massachusetts Library Association, recognizes significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's/young adult literature written by Commonwealth authors or about Commonwealth topics.  
Each year, a panel of judges selects an award winner and three honors titles in each of these categories.  The books become part of the permanent collection of the Massachusetts State Library, are promoted in libraries throughout the Commonwealth. An Awards Celebration will take place at the Massachusetts State House on December 6 at 3 p.m.

-Dr. Kelly Matthews organized an all-day field trip for 19 FSU students to see the Abbey Theatre's performance of The Plough and the Stars at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge on September 30.  In cooperation with the Irish consulate, Dr. Matthews organized and introduced the pre-performance lecture by Clair Wills on "Sean O'Casey, the Rising, and Dublin's Poor," which was attended by over 130 people.  Lecture attendees then celebrated with a reception at Grafton Street restaurant in Harvard Square, sponsored by Irish Network Boston, before the evening performance of the play.  Students were chaperoned by Dr. Eamonn Ó Ciardha and Dr. Paul Bruno, and Helen Carmichael did a stellar job of making the arrangements.

-Last Wednesday, 22 English majors participated in a tour of the Old Manse, Orchard House, and Walden Pond.  Thanks to Rachel Trousdale and Lorianne DiSabato, who accompanied the students on the trip, and to Helen Carmichael for all of her assistance setting it up!

Upcoming events

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

Suit Jacket Posse November Show

Monday, November 20, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

Organized by: Hilltop Players Club

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