Campus Currents

October 26th, 2015

Naomi Tutu: Thursday, Oct. 29th, 7 p.m.

Naomi Tutu Comes to FSU This Thursday

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.

Special Talk with George Hardy of Tuskegee Airmen

The FSU community is invited to attend a special talk with World War II veteran Lt. Col. George E. Hardy, who was a member of the famous Tuskegee Airmen.

The talk will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27th, in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center.

In 1925, the Army War College concluded that African Americans could never be pilots because they lacked intelligence and courage. In 1941, The Tuskegee Institute, an experimental training center, opened to train African American pilots. George Hardy was one of roughly 1,000 Airmen who would later become known as The Tuskegee Airmen. The group would produce the first U.S. Air Force African American general and four-star general, Benjamin O. Davis and Chappie James.

By demonstrating their competence and bravery as combat aviators, The Tuskegee Airmen paved the way to end Jim Crow Segregation in all branches of the U.S. military. Please join us at Framingham State University to hear George Hardy’s story.

The event is sponsored by the University’s Veterans Services Office and the Office of the Dean of Students.

Burial of the FSU Time Capsule - Today!

For the 175th anniversary of Framingham State, the class of 2014 decided to create a time capsule; however, burying the capsule was delayed because of construction needs.

We can now bury the time capsule! Come be a part of Framingham State history and witness the burial of the FSU Time Capsule on Monday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. The time capsule will be buried in the Time Capsule Triangle, which is located where the path splits between the library and the new Hemenway Labs building.

Senior Dietitian Students Nutrition Fair

The next Nutrition Fair put on by our Senior Dietitian Students in the Coordinated Program is Tuesday, November 10th.  This Fall's theme is:   "Fall" into Nutrition on a College Budget. 

The students will have healthy recipes/ideas and information to get you through breakfast (especially on the "go"), lunch/dinner and snacks!   All recipes are easy to prepare, not many ingredients and inexpensive! There will be raffles and foods to sample!  

The fair will take place in the McCarthy Center Dining Commons and Marketplace from 11:30-1:30 p.m.  The event is sponsored by FSU Dining Services and the Food and Nutrition Department.  Any questions please email Karen White:

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

Kickstarter Campaign for Faculty Film

Dr. Audrey E. Kali, Associate Professor in Communication Arts, has announced the launch of her Kickstarter Campaign for completing her documentary film, Farm and Red Moon. The campaign will run until November 18th. This film provides an unflinching examination of the personal quandaries and political quagmire surrounding the killing of animals to become our food. It is the poignant tale of how she transitions from being a passionate vegan to a conflicted omnivore while investigating the humane slaughter of farm animals.

Coming to terms with slaughter and meat consumption takes her on encounters with consumers, farmers, animal scientists, philosophers, religious leaders, and activists. Animated scenes recount her childhood and young adult experiences with animals to paint a picture of what it really means to understand where your food comes from.

Audrey and her co-director, David Tames (of Northeastern University) currently have their first rough cut and are are now raising funds to cover the cost of completing the film which includes: animation, final editing, sound mixing, color grading, music scoring, and festival entry fees. They look forward to releasing a film that will serve as a catalyst for discussion and debate around a very important and timely topic.

Here is the link to the Kickstarter Campaign:

Audrey and David thank you for helping to promote the film.

First Generation Film Screening

By Scott Calzolaio ’16, publications intern

Imagine believing the cost of college was one lump sum and not knowing there is a world of financial help available. This misrepresentation and absence of information is shockingly present in those who are first in their families to attend college.

This was the topic of last Thursday’s film screening and panel discussion entitled, “A Walk in my Shoes: First Generation College Students.”

The award-winning film, “First Generation,” directed by Blair Underwood, follows four low-income high school students on their journey through the college application process. All four of them are the first in their families to attempt going to college. The issues that surface in the film include a lack of education about pertinent info such as where and how to get scholarships, how to apply for loans and financial aid and how to utilize the help that is available.

After a screening of the film in the forum, students and staff had the chance to talk about their own experiences being the first in their families to attend college. The discussion was led by a panel of FSU community members.

The event was sponsored by GenerationOne and the Center for Inclusive Excellence. For more information about the film visit, or to see it in its entirety type ‘First Generation Documentary’ into YouTube.

Jeans Day: Dress Casual. Be Impactful.

SILD invites FSU staff to wear jeans to work on Friday, October 30th, in support of the Giving Tree program.  Purchase a Jean's Day sticker in SILD (MC 510) and wear your jeans to help provide holiday presents to children in need this holiday season.

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Lori Gemeiner Bihler of the History Department will give a talk at the Danforth Museum in Framingham on "Material Culture in Wartime: The Things We Keep." The talk will take place on Sunday, Nov. 15th, at 3 p.m., and is connected to Communication Arts Professor Leslie Starobin's special exhibit on display through January 3rd at the museum entitled "Dear Dearest Mother: Leslie Starobin's Wartime Still Life Montages."

-Professor John Anderson, Art Department, recently had one of his large sculptures acquired by the Art Complex in Duxbury. The wood and steel sculpture was purchased through a local collector and donated to the museum for their permanent collection.

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