Campus Currents

October 29, 2018

Historical Image from the Gay Liberation Front

Free Ourselves - Come Out Everywhere: The Radical Visions of the Gay Liberation Movement

Speaker Michael Bronski, Harvard University

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

1969: revolution was stirring around the world. In the United States, spurred on by the Anti-war, Women’s, and Black Power Movements, the Gay Liberation Movement was born. Half a century later, the LGBTQ Movement is very different. Come hear activist, author, and Harvard Professor Michael Bronski discuss the forgotten history of Gay Liberation and what it means for us today.

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

Midday Performances: Joseph Van Hassel

October 29, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

North Carolina percussionist Joseph Van Hassel performs a concert of cutting edge works for solo vibraphone and electronics, including the world premiere of Fractured Utopia by Boston composer Dan VanHassel. This program will also include world premieres of newly commissioned works by Ohio composer Mara Helmuth, and New York-based Drew Krause.

The Destruction of Memory: The War Against Culture, and the Battle to Save It

October 29, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe. This war against culture is not over - it's been steadily increasing. Based on the book by Robert Bevan, the film The Destruction of Memory tells the story of how heroic individuals have fought back, risking and losing their lives to protect not just other human beings, but our cultural identity – to save the record of who we are.

Swiacki Children's Literature Festival

November 1, 2018 at 3 p.m.
McCarthy Center
Register at:

Celebrate children’s literature at our annual festival recognizing the best in children’s and young adult literature. This year we welcome Matt de la Peña and Wendell Minor. Matt de la Peña is the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Medal winning author of six young adult novels and four picture books. Celebrated artist, Wendell Minor, is nationally known for the artwork he has created as the cover artist and designer for more than two thousand books.

10 Years of CDI

The Council on Diversity & Inclusion is celebrating 10 years!

Monday, October 29th 1:30 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence, O'Connor Hall

Please join us for food, activities and a walk down memory lane. Come, share, and listen to the stories of impact that CDI has made in the life and work of Framingham State University.

For more information, please contact Emmanuella Gibson via email at

FSU and City of Framingham Seek Cultural District Designation

By Thomas Duda, publications intern

With the relocation of the Danforth Museum to the Jonathan Maynard Building in the coming year, Framingham State University and the City of Framingham hope to advance their goal of elevating the Centre Common into a cultural district.

“This Centre Common has the potential to become the cultural mecca of MetroWest,” Annie Murphy, the director of the Framingham History Center, said to a recent gathering of community members.

The primary purpose of the meeting was to not only make the transition from the organizational stage to the “phase for public involvement,” said Erika Oliver Jeraam, Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development for the City Framingham, but also to establish the main hopes for the district.

“The vision to establish the Framingham Centre Common Cultural District as a cultural, economic and social hub of MetroWest by promoting the history of the Centre Common and the surrounding art and history museums, educational institutions, churches and businesses," said Debra Petke, Executive Director of the Danforth Museum at Framingham State University.

Petke went through four main goals for the transformation: to increase visitors from MetroWest; to celebrate history, art, and natural resources in Framingham; to help businesses and non-profits; and to establish a sense of pride.

“We are blessed with a bounty, now we have to make an environment to thrive,” said Petke, highlighting the various historical sites, the University, and resources such as the current businesses already present within the city.

In this, Petke introduced the idea of cross-pollination between all the aforementioned elements within the district, particularly the college and already present events to attract tourists.

“In coming together as a formal cultural district; the citizens, the residents, the organizations, the businesses have a much stronger voice," Petke said.

Arthur Nolletti, Jr. Film Series: WALL-E

November 5, 2018 at 7 p.m.
North Hall Commons Room

WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008) is a Pixar Animation Studios masterpiece. A garbage-collecting robot dutifully cleans planet Earth after humans have abandoned it. When a reconnaissance robot named EVE arrives, WALL-E falls in love and follows her into space where the future of humanity hangs in the balance.

Coming Up at the Mazmanian Gallery

Wendell Minor: Illustrator
Mazmanian Gallery,
October 29 – November 2
Opening Reception: November 1, 3 to 5 p.m.

Extravagantly Absurd: A Mixed Media Installation by B. Lynch
Mazmanian Gallery
November 12 - December 14, 2018
Opening Reception: November 13, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm

7th Annual Professional Development Days

The Campus Professional Development Steering Committee is pleased to Announce that the 7th Annual Campus Professional Development Days will be held on Thursday, January 3rd, and Friday, January 4th, 2019.

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 508.626.4530 or

Study Abroad Showcase

The Study Abroad Showcase
Monday November 5th, Alumni Room (3rd floor MC)

Explore poster presentations made by study abroad participants! Vote on your favorite student photo during our Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest!

Questions? Email

Is Law School for You? Info Session

Do you have an interest in attending Law School? Learn about Framingham State University's 3+3 Programs with Suffolk University and UMass Dartmouth Law School during this special information session.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m., 1839 Room, McCarthy Center

Communication Arts Theatre Production: Mother's Bliss, Mother's Woe

Don't miss the annual Communication Arts Theatre Production in November! This year's show, Mother's Bliss, Mother's Woe, is a new play written and directed by FSU Professor Kate Caffrey.

WHEN: November 15, 16 and 17th at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Dwight Performing Arts Center
TICKETS: General Public - $15/Faculty/Staff/Students - $5

Purchase tickets at:

A drama with music set in 1871 about Peg and Mary Horan, young immigrants who create new lives in Buffalo, NY. When Mary is unexpectedly overcome by memories of her childhood and the Irish Famine, she must persuade her sister to help her explore a radical treatment that may save her life.

Killing Orders: The Significance of New Evidence on the Armenian Genocide

Thursday, November 1, 4:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center
Sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta (History) and the Program in Global Studies
Refreshments provided

With his courageous and meticulous search for truth in the face of an international campaign of suppression and state-sponsored denial, award-winning historian Dr. Taner Akcam has come to be recognized as one of the world's leading scholars of the Armenian Genocide. Professor Akcam will discuss the significance of new evidence he has unearthed in confirming the government-directed nature of one of the first genocides of the twentieth century.

For more information, please contact Stefan Papaioannou at

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

What can You Do with a History Major?
Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m., MC 419

Attend this career panel to learn more from FSU Alumni from such fields as: law, politics, teaching, non-profits, publishing and more! Refreshments will be served!

On Campus Interviews TBA, 11/26-11/30, Foster Hall 102

Diverse employers come to campus to interview and recruit for job openings. Call the CSER Office 508-626-4625.

11/30/18—CJ Affiliates 2PM—4PM

Networking & Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Graduation Event
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 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. Contact the CSER office at 508-626-4625.

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 6:00PM:

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. (Featuring up to six different employers weekly).


9:00 AM—Noon: Bridges by Epoch & Immaculate Conception School
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Noon to 3 PM: Ambit Energy


Noon—3:00 PM: Salmon Health Care and Retirement


Noon to 3 PM: Town of Littleton Parks and Recreation Department

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