Campus Currents

October 31, 2016

Gravity by Jason Chin

Swiacki Children's Literature Festival

Swiacki Children's Literature Festival
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, 4 p.m., McCarthy Center

This year’s Children’s Literature Festival features award-winning authors Steve Sheinkin and Jason Chin, as well as a special dinner talk by journalist Matt Carroll, one of the Boston Globe reporters featured in the movie Spotlight.

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Jason Chin:

Jason Chin creates picture books about science and nature that both enchant and educate. His books explain fascinating and often challenging subjects through creative and inventive storytelling. He is the author of the award-winning books Redwoods (winner of the 2010 FOCAL award); Island: A Story of the Galápagos (winner of the 2013 Gryphon Award); and Gravity (a Gryphon Honor book). His most recent work, Water Is Water by Miranda Paul, is a 2016 ALA Notable Book. His next book, Grand Canyon, is scheduled for Spring 2017.

Steve Sheinkin:

Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic histories for young readers. His work is widely acclaimed. The Notorious Benedict Arnold won the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights received the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and was a National Book Award Finalist. His exploration of the atomic bomb, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award Finalist, and winner of the 2013 Sibert Medal as well as the 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Sheinkin’s most recent work, Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, which delves into the political intrigue of the Pentagon Papers, received the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. Sheinkin lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Matt Carroll (Dinner address):

Nonfiction writers by their very nature are driven by curiosity to delve into facts. Persistence beyond the surface yields the most in-depth investigative results as well as its most complimentary reward – believability. In the SPOTLIGHT at dinner will be a Pulitzer Prize winner who became part of the story behind the 2016 Oscar-winning movie. Former Boston Globe reporter Matt Carroll will focus on the value of integrity in primary research and its impact upon history.


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 the Heineman Ecumenical Center at 12:30 p.m.

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

-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

Election Night Viewing

Join members of the Political Science, History and Sociology departments in the McCarthy Center Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 8th, as results of the Presidential Election come in starting at 7 p.m. Pizza and soda will be served.

Sponsored by the Political Science, History and Sociology departments, as well as the Student Government Association.

Chinese Character Logo Design Contest

The Chinese Studies Program of the Department of World Languages at Framingham State University is looking for a new logo with Chinese characters to be used for program T-shirts, web pages, printed matter, and so on.

Got an idea for a new logo? Design, show us, and win!!

To learn more, or to enter, click here.

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:

9 a.m. to noon: KNACK
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
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Justice Resource Institute

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: The Enterprise Holdings Company

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Prudential Advisors

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: CVS

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Staples
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.

CHOICE Internship Drop In Hours
Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., MC 412
Drop in hours are for students to ask quick questions about the Choice Program: monetary funding for internships.

November 3
November 10
November 17


SAVE THE DATE - Professional Development Days

The Professional Development Steering Committee is pleased to announce the 5th annual Professional Development Series: January 4, 5, & 6th.

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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