Campus Currents

November 20, 2017

Duty and Disobedience: Manisha Sinha

Manisha Sinha, "The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition"

November 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Manisha Sinha, Professor and James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in Early American History, University of Connecticut, reveals that abolition was a radical, interracial social movement. She extends the chronology of the movement from the classical pre-Civil War period to the revolutionary era and argues that slave resistance rather than bourgeois liberalism lay at the heart of abolition. She also situates the movement in a transnational context demonstrating how abolition overlapped and intersected with various progressive movements: feminism, utopian socialism, pacifism, and the fight for workingmen's and Native American rights.

Family Diversity Teach-in Meet up with Students

Monday, Nov. 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence, O'Connor Hall, Room 120 A&B

Students from across campus will come together to share ideas and talk about their experience with the Teach-in. Conversation will be facilitated by FSU students involved in the Teach-in, including Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) interns and Sociology students Tasia Clemons, Eunice Owusu, and Luilly Gonzalez, and #ThisIsHumanities intern Suzanne Wright (History and Museum Studies).


CELTSS 10th Anniversary Celebration

McCarthy Center Forum
Tuesday, Nov. 28
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Celebrate ten years of CELTSS funding for faculty teaching, scholarship, advising, and service, as well as mentoring, book circles, workshops, January Days, and Days in May. Take a look back at faculty accomplishments and forward to new possibilities!

For more information, e-mail

4th Annual Giving Tree

Although the weather may not tell you so, it’s time for the 4th Annual Giving Tree, sponsored by Student Involvement and Leadership Development. This holiday season SILD will again partner with the United Way of Tri-County to sponsor families who are unable to provide holiday gifts for their children. We have received the wish lists from local families that include at least three gifts for each child.

Last year the FSU Community came together and provided gifts for 50 children. This year we have upped our goal to 60 children! If you would like to sponsor a child, or purchase an individual gift from the wish list please email, by Monday, November 13, 2017. All gifts are due to SILD by 12/6/17.

Midday Performances: A Joint Recital of Classical Music

December 4, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a beautiful performance of classical music by three noted musicians on the Boston music scene. This joint recital will feature mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, one of the finest vocal performers in the region; talented pianist, composer and conductor David Owens; and Anne Black, a violist who has toured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops.

Talking Back to Showing (work x family)

December 6, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

As the inaugural activity of FSU’s #ThisisHumanities, the community talks back to Showing (work x family) in several ways. Dr. Virginia Rutter hosts a panel of FSU faculty from science, humanities, and behavioral and social science, followed by a dialogue and town hall meeting. A poster session will share the work of students from over 40 classes and ten disciplines who participated in the FSU family diversity and change teach-in, which will occur in November. The family diversity and change teach-in invites students and faculty to discover unique disciplinary connections to the topic. This builds on FSU’s unique adaptation of the teach-in in recent years.

Showing (work x family) opens at FSU

By Kate Shane, Publications Intern

The Showing (work x family) photography installation made its debut at Framingham State on November 7 and will remain open in the Mazmanian Gallery until December 15.

The exhibit is an ever-changing slideshow of nearly 200 photographs that show the struggles and joys of balancing work and family. It combines landmark commissioned photographs of pregnant women in the workplace, curated work by contemporary photographers, and inspiring imagery by high school photography students who undertook wrkxfmly, the project’s original photography assignment brought to over 50 schools nationally.

The vision for this expansive work comes from Jane Gottesman, the founder of the Working Assumptions arts foundation. In her talk, “Picture Imperfect: Photography of the work x family equation,” Gottesman said that the unconventional birth of her baby was inspiration for this project. She did not make it to the hospital before her baby girl was delivered in her driveway. The photos from this event created a beautiful memory, and sparked the idea of depicting the messy life of Americans.

The installation features six screens accompanied with changing soundscapes. The viewing experience is serene and peaceful. The images are regenerated like a slideshow that is always changing. The photographs rotate on a half-hour loop, ordered chronologically from morning to bedtime.  The sounds in the background include everyday noises, like a piano or a basketball bouncing

Gottesman said that there is “deliberate pacing to shift our perspective.” The images are not just of pregnant women, but also the working class. A diverse group of people is represented, including images of a pregnant mother holding a toddler in the kitchen, a dad and son strolling along a field and a pregnant woman covered with dirt on her forehead working.

Dr. Virginia Rutter and Dr. Bridgett Sheridan used the exhibit as a launching point for the FSU family diversity and change teach-in to discuss the balance of work and family, which took place this month.

On December 6, the FSU community will gather for “Talking Back to Showing (work x family),” which will allow faculty and students to continue the on-going discussion about work and family started by Gottesman. The event is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Food Donations from Kappa Delti Pi and Early Childhood Centers

On Friday, children from the Early Childhood Centers delivered canned food to donate to the Thanksgiving food drive sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education.

FSU students in Kappa Delta Pi have been collecting food to assemble in baskets for local Head Start families for Thanksgiving. They also are giving the families gift cards to a supermarket. The children from the Early Childhood Centers were interested in participating in the food drive because the food will benefit children of their own age attending the Head Start preschool.

Great job everyone!

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

First ever Amazon Career Day & On Campus Interviews
Monday, November 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., MC Forum

Interview with the opportunity to be hired on the spot. No preregistration necessary. Bring your resume and dress professionally.

On-Campus Interviews Week
November 27—December 1, 2017— More Employers TBA
11/27/17: Wayside Youth & Family Support Network 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. 
11/28/17: Enterprise Holdings, Inc. 9:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
11/29/17: Mini Miracles 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
11/30/17: Santander Bank 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Mocktail Mixer Networking Event & Graduation
Thursday, December 7, 2017,  5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., MC Forum

Network with employer partners while learning about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying appetizers and “mock” tails during the final event of the Suitable Solutions Professionalism Program. Pre-registration is required via Ramtrack.

Wednesday Employer Showcase, Campus Center Lobby, 9AM to 6PM


9:00 a.m.—Noon: Salmon Health & Retirement & Next Generation Children’s Center
Noon– 3:00p.m.: RCS Learning/Mini Miracles & Dunkin Donuts
3:00 p.m.—5:45 p.m.: Camp Danbee & Horizons for Homeless Children


9:00 a.m.—Noon: Walgreens & Jordan’s Furniture
Noon— 3:00p.m: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass. & Work Opportunities Unlimited
3:00p.m—5:45p.m.: Scotts Miracle-Gro & Valet Park of America

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Kelly Matthews is the 2017 recipient of the Golden Bridges Award for Irish Literature.  The Irish Echo’s Golden Bridges Awards honor those forging transatlantic partnerships in business, education, or arts and culture initiatives between Ireland and the United States. 

-Members of the Framingham State University Police are participating in No-Shave November to benefit Prevent Cancer Foundation! Officers who donate a minimum of $25 (or more) and are growing their beards for the entire month of November. Officers participating in the effort include: Ofc. Maguire, Ofc. Halacy, Ofc. Young, Ofc. Kemp, Ofc. Kalim, Ofc. Vasquezi, Ofc. Gomes, Ofc. Deleskey Rank as follows Chief Medeiros, Deputy Chief Santoro, Sgt. Cormier, Assistant to the Chief, Steven Wuorio

-Dr. Rachel Trousdale’s edited collection, Humor in Modern American Poetry, has just been released by Bloomsbury Academic. Here’s a link:

-Today, the New England Foundation for the Arts announced that Professor Jennifer De Leon has been awarded a $10,000 Creative City grant for her proposed project, "American Dreamers Write: Reclaiming Our Stories." The NEFA Creative City grants support art projects of all genres that engage directly with Bostonians in their neighborhoods. Here’s a link to the announcement:

Furthermore, Professor De Leon's essay, "Mother Tongue," is included in the anthology, This is the Place: Women Writing About Home, which was published by Seal Press/Hachette on November 14. Here’s a link to the announcement:

Finally, Professor De Leon has just learned that her essay, "Gyms," will appear in the 2018 winter issue of Prairie Schooner.

Upcoming events

Habitat Earth Screening for Young Learners with Dr. Margaret Carroll

Monday, April 12, 2021

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

The Unraveling of the World: What Climate Change Has to Teach Us by Dr. Vandana Singh

Monday, April 12, 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C, Dept of Physics & Earth Science

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