Campus Currents

October 5th, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea

Nathaniel Philbrick Visits FSU

Author Nathaniel Philbrick will give a special lecture at Framingham State University on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in DPAC!

Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, a true story about the tragedy of the whaleship Essex.  During the height of the whaling industry in 1819, the Nantucket-based crew set sail for an extended effort to collect oil from sperm whales.  The story details the voyage as they hunt sperm whales and the adventures that ensue when the ship is sunk, leaving the crew to fend for themselves in life boats—and in a fight for survival.  Mr. Philbrick will be here to discuss the book, the history and his inspirations for telling this story. In the Heart of the Sea is the 2015 Common Reading selection at Framingham State University. 

Ellen Oh Discusses Lack of Diversity In Children’s Lit

By Scott Calzolaio ’16, publications intern

When society’s lack of diverse children’s and young adult literature hit home, Ellen Oh, author and proud Korean-American mother of three daughters, took the matter into her own hands.

“I couldn’t find a book for my daughters to relate to, so I wrote one myself,” she said during her presentation, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, in the McCarthy forum on Monday.

Oh’s first novel, Prophecy published in 2013, turned into the Prophecy Trilogy by 2015. The novels follow the adventure of an Asian, female protagonist named Kira, whose special ability is the only hope for the fictional city of Hansong against the onslaught of demons. “I wanted to give my children their own Katniss to look up to,” she said.

Oh’s presentation was focused heavily on the importance of fictional role models such as superheroes, in the lives of children. She said that minorities lack proper representation in popular culture and that children of minority groups do not have the same sort of figures as white children do to look up to and relate with.

“I think that systemic racism, like sexism, is built into our society,” she said, flashing the images of numerous white superheroes and princesses on the screen behind her. “We’re not even aware that we have these beliefs.”

Oh used the Justine Larbalestier’s novel Liar as a prime example of a racial phenomenon she called “whitewashing.” While the main character in Liar, Micah, is described as being a black girl who wears her hair naturally, the original cover shows a white girl with straightened hair.

“When they don’t put a person of color on a book cover, they’re making a business decision,” she said. “Whitewashing is the most offensive way, I know, to make a minority feel rejected by their own society.”

Carlos A. Chadron - Oct. 5th

Framingham State University will host former Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Education Carlos A. Chardon on campus for a special lecture on Monday, Oct. 5, at 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Carlos E. Chardon is a former professor at the University of Puerto Rico and a former Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Education. In the latter role, he was charged with developing an educational philosophy for Puerto Rico. During this time, he restructured the Department of Education from 100 districts to 28 and worked with the Inspector General to weed out corruption taking places throughout regional offices. His fast action helped prevent the U.S Department of Education from suspending federal funding to the region.  

Dr. Chardon has served in many other roles throughout his distinguished career, including, a civil service position at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and as President of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He holds a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from Syracuse University. Dr. Chardon has wide public speaking experience in the U.S. and Puerto Rico at community, professional and scholarly levels.

This special event will be held in the Center for Inclusive Excellence. A buffet lunch will be available and all are welcomed to attend.

2015-16 Midday Performance Series

The FSU Midday Performance Series kicks off on Monday, Oct. 5th, with a free Celtic Performance by the Jolly Rogues at 1:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center!

Other artists lined up for this year include:

Guitarist and composer Trevor Babb - November 2

Singer and Guitarist Willie J. Laws - December 7

Trombone Collective the Guidonian Hand - February 1

Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers - March 7

Doo-Wop vocalists Doo-Wop DeVille - April 4

Bringing Montessori to America

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, 4:30 p.m., Alumni Room

Dr. Gerald Lee Gutek is Professor Emeritus, Education, from Loyola University Chicago where he also served as the Dean of Education. Dr. Gutek writes in the areas of history of education, philosophy of education, and educational biography. His most recent book, co-authored with Patricia Gutek, Bringing Montessori to America, is in press at the University of Alabama Press. 

First Generation Film Screening

Thursday, Oct. 15, 4:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

An award-winning documentary narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, First Generation tells the story of four high school students - an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers - who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. Join us for this film screening, followed by a discussion with first generation students at FSU facilitated by Sociology Professor Ira Silver.

Women in STEM Summit

Thursday, October 22 | Bentley University

Full Conference: 8:00-4:30pm | STEM Exchange: 2:30-4:30PM

STEM Exchange Reception: STEM companies will make short presentations about their corporate culture, diversity, inclusion programs, and types of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs available. FSU Students will then have the opportunity to meet with company employees, ask questions and share their thoughts on the ideal corporate environment. These exchanges are designed to help students evaluate career options and assist companies in identifying local emerging talents for mentoring, internship, and recruitment programs.
Current FSU Students get Free Admission by using code is WISFRAM. Register at

Careers, Technology and You

Don’t miss the annual Careers, Technology and You event on Friday, Oct. 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in DPAC. This is your opportunity to hear IT professionals from Microsoft, IBM, Mathworks, MediTech, CA Technologies, TJX and more share their experiences and what's new in IT/CS.

New International Exhibit at McAuliffe Center

To celebrate IYL 2015, the McAuliffe Center has brought to FSU "Light: Beyond the Bulb," an international exhibition to showcase the incredible variety of light-based science being researched today across the electromagnetic spectrum, across scientific disciplines, and across technological platforms. The exhibition is hosted in the Atrium and across several floors of the new addition to Hemenway Hall. FSU is the only site in Massachusetts to hosts the exhibition that will be on campus until the end of October.

In proclaiming 2015 the International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.

The Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) are the leading organizers of “Light: Beyond the Bulb” for the International Year of Light 2015.

Notable Accomplishments

-Joseph M. Adelman of the History Department was the keynote speaker on October 3rd at the Annual Members Dinner of the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, MA.

-Dr. Thomas Koshy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, has three articles published. They are:

1) "Lobb Numbers and Forder's Catalan Triangle," Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, Vo. 71 (2014), 57 - 69.
    [This special volume of the BICA was published to mark the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of the Belgian mathematician Eugene C. Catalan
    (1814-1894), after whom the well-known Catalan numbers are named.]
2) "Fibonacci Polynomials, Lucas Polynomials, and Operators," Mathematical Spectrum,  Vol. 47 (2015), 122 - 124.
3) "Catalan Identities Revisited," Journal of the Indian Academy of Mathematics, Vol. 37 (2015), 137 - 142.

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