Campus Currents

November 4, 2019

Kevin Flike

Wounded by War: The Story of Kevin Flike

November 4, 2019 at 7 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

The moments of September 25, 2011 could never be forgotten by Kevin Flike, a Staff Sargent in the Green Berets. After being pinned down for 11 hours during a surprise attack on the Taliban, Flike was shot in the stomach. His team risked their lives to carry him through the warzone to safety – and thanks to a bodycam that his teammate had on – these harrowing and heroic events were all captured on film. The documentary, created by FSU alum Mike Neilan ’16, is a story of resilience and recovery – a look into a daring rescue, and a veteran’s battle with PTSD, addiction and the will to live. Join Neilan and Flike for this 30-minutes film screening and discussion.

Midday Performances: Four Corners

November 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
Workshop at 1:30 p.m. Forum, McCarthy Center

Four Corners is comprised of vocalist Zoë Krohne, pianist/vocalist Marlene del Rosario, bassist Doug Rich and alto saxophonist Willie Sordillo. Their music draws from a wide range of genres and influences including jazz, gospel, R&B, North American, Latin American, African American, and Filipino folk traditions, and includes both original compositions and unique interpretations of songs by other composers. The program aspires to uplift, heal, inspire growth and promote positive change.

The Swiacki Children's Literature Festival

Thursday, Nov. 7, McCarthy Center

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Join us at Framingham State University for our annual celebration of the authors and illustrators creating exceptional children’s books.

This year we are joined by Nikki Grimes, a bestselling author and a prolific artist. Nikki has written many award-winning books for children and young adults including the Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade; the Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings; and the popular Dyamonde Daniel chapter book series.

David Wiesner, is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards. Three of the picture books he both wrote and illustrated won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam, making him only the second person in the award's long history to have won three times.

2019 Schedule:

3 – 5 pm: Registration at the McCarthy Student Center
3 – 7 pm: Book Sales, 1839 Room, McCarthy Student Center
3 – 5 pm: Book Signings, Mazmanian Gallery, McCarthy Student Center
4:30 – 5:30 pm: The Pat Keogh Memorial Workshop, “What’s New in Children’s Literature?”, The Forum, McCarthy Student Center
5:45 – 6:45 pm: Buffet Dinner, Dining Annex, McCarthy Student Center
7 – 8:30 pm: The Mary Burns Memorial Lectures: Nikki Grimes and David Wiesner, Dining Annex, McCarthy Student Center

Dr. Sarah Townsend: Multiculturalism and Irish Literature

November 14, 2019 at 12:30 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

Drawing on extensive archival research, University of New Mexico English Professor Sarah Townsend examines the hidden history of transnational white supremacy that undergirds contemporary Irish multiculturalism. Her talk will focus on literature by and about people who have recently migrated to Ireland from other countries.

Elementary Science in Massachusetts: Challenges, Opportunities, and Successes

Join the MetroWest STEM Education Network & Coalition for Elementary Science at EDC for this special event.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
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Elementary Science in Massachusetts: Challenges, Opportunities, and Successes, will introduce attendees to the importance of a strong and early start in science learning and the state of elementary science in Massachusetts; provide opportunities to participants share their perspectives and questions about elementary science learning and teaching; and talk with leaders who play a key role in making sure that our elementary schools give all children the tools to become the science learners the Commonwealth needs.

Speaker: Abigail Jurist Levy, Ph.D, Co-Director, STEM Portfolio, Education Development Center

Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics Symposium

Framingham State University is hosting an Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Admission is free to this unique event, but those interested in attending must register in advance.

Keynote Speakers:
Patrice M. Milos, PhD, Co-Founder/President and CEO, Medley Genomics Inc.
Big Data and Robust Data Analytics to Advance Individualization of Cancer Care

Maria Wendt, PhD, Vice President, Head of Biologics Research USA, Sanofi
Realizing Digitally-Driven Biologics Drug Discovery and Development

Steven Moysey, PhD, Framingham State University
Evolution of Work: Automation, Artificial Intelligence and the New Industrial Age

Panel Discussion: Academic Curriculum for the New Frontier
Moderated by Sunny Tam, PhD
Patricia Thomas, PhD, Business Department, FSU
David Keil, PhD, Computer Science Department, FSU
Stephen Dinkelacker, PhD, Biology Department, FSU
Irene Porro, PhD, McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning, FSU

Register by November 8TH to or 508-626-4963

Moonglow: Project Apollo and U.S. Foreign Relations

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7 p.m.
Alumni Room, McCarthy Center
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Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

What was the political and foreign policy significance of the Apollo program, and what is its enduring legacy? We often remember Project Apollo as a feat of science and engineering but from the very start it was part of a broader geopolitical strategy to build alliances, win “hearts and minds,” and secure superpower status in the Cold War. This presentation traces the politics of Project Apollo, from President John F. Kennedy’s call in 1961 to win the battle “between freedom and tyranny” with lunar exploration, to President Richard Nixon’s “Moonglow” diplomatic tour of southeast Asia in 1969, and considers how Apollo-era space diplomacy should inform space policy today.

Brazil Movie Series: 2 Sons of Francisco

The Brazil Movie Series Presents a Screening of 2 Sons of Francisco.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

A Q&A with Dr. Alan Oliveira, Professor of Anthropology at State University of Paraná - Brazil, will follow the film screening. Brazilian refreshments will be served.

Francisco, a poor tenant farmer in the hinterland of Goias, pursues what appears to be an impossible dream, to turn two of his nine children into a famous music duo. He places his hope in his first-born son, Mirosmar, giving the boy an accordion when he is only eleven. Mirosmar and his brother Emival, who gets a guitar, begin to perform successfully in fairs and festivals, until the early seventies when the family is forced off the land and moves to the state capital of Goiania, where they scrape out a difficult existence.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of World Languages and the Consulate-General of Brazil in Boston. For more information, contact Everton Vargas da Costa:

Transgressed: Q and A with Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz on Transgender Intimate Partner Violience

Monday, Nov. 18, 4:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

Dr. Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz's original research is the focal point of his Transgressed, new from NYU Press. In observation of Transgender Day of Remembrance on 11/20/2019, join us for a brief author's talk and an interview with Dr. Beth Whalley.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Information: Contact Virginia Rutter

Hosted by Sociology / Criminology and History.


Transgender people face some of the highest rates of violence in the US and around the world, particularly within romantic relationships. In Transgressed, Xavier L. Guadalupe-Diaz offers a ground-breaking examination of intimate partner violence in the lives of transgender people.

Drawing on interviews and written accounts from transgender survivors of intimate partner violence, he sheds much-needed light on the dynamics of abuse that entrap trans partners in violent relationships. Transgressed shows how rigidly gendered discussions of violence have served to marginalize and silence stories of abuse. Ultimately, these stories of survival follow their unique journeys as they navigate—and break free—from the cycle of abuse, providing us with a better understanding of their experiences.

An emotionally compelling read, Transgressed offers new ways of understanding the complexities of intimate partner violence through the eyes of transgender survivors.

Comm Arts Theatre Production: Godspell

​Don't miss the Communication Arts Fall Theatre Production: Godspell

November 21,22, 23
7:30 p.m., DPAC

General admission: $15.00
Students: $10.00 (ID at the door)

Tickets at door: cash only.

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden); and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, Day by Day, Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord, Learn Your Lessons Well, All for the Best, All Good Gifts, Turn Back, O Man and By My Side. A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. Boasting a score with chart-topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak) and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences. Because of its small technical demands and minimal cast size, it has become a staple of theatre companies, large and small.

Upcoming Events at Danforth Art


Prints From Campus: Selections from Faculty Teaching in New England
October 26 - December 15, 2019
A selection of work that reflects the diversity of printmaking in New England, this exhibition includes almost sixty pieces by faculty teaching in universities across New England. In affiliation with the Boston Printmakers and the North American Print Biennial, this exhibition will run in conjunction with an installation of prints by students in New England at Framingham State University’s Mazmanian Gallery.

August 31-December 30, 2019

“Trashion” at Danforth
November 5 - 17, 2019
On November 1, The Fashion Club at Framingham State University holds their annual Trashion Show, showcasing garments made from recycled materials and open to students across the university. This year's winning designs will be on view at the Danforth Art Museum, in conversation with the permanent collection, from November 5 - 17. Support The Fashion Club, visit the museum's current exhibition Dressed, and don't miss the winning Trashion Show designs while they are on view.

Highlights from the Permanent Collection
July 2019 - May 2020

In the Studio - The Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller Collection
Permanently on view


Director Talk: The Story Behind “A Village Funeral in Brittany”
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m.

What do photography, closed window shutters, and the placement of a coffin have in common? Find out when Executive Director Debra Petke talks about one of the Museum's most beloved paintings by artist Charles Sprague Pearce. Following the lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to view the painting in the Museum.

Reception for “Prints from Campus”
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2:00 p.m.

Join printmaking faculty and students from across New England to celebrate "Prints from Campus," The reception is free and open to the public.

"A Conversation: Teaching Printmaking," with Rhoda Rosenberg
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m.

The talk is free and open to the public.

To learn more, visit

Spanish Language Table

An informal meeting during dinnertime to practice Spanish, meet special guests, and try different flavors. Presented by the Department of World Languages and Dining Services.

November 7, November 21, and December 5
McCarthy Center, Dining Commons
5:30-6:30 p .m.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Career Services

Wednesday Employer Showcase Series, McCarthy Campus Center Lobby, 9:00AM – 5:45PM:
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. Stop by their table in order to learn about new internships and job opportunities!

Nov 6
9am – 12pm: The Key Program & Casper
Noon-3 pm: City Year & Victoria’s Secret

Nov 13
9am - 12pm: Bright Horizons at Home & US Army
12pm-3pm: Leap School & Benefitscape

Nov 20
9am-12pm: Brandon Residential Treatment & Mass State Police

Dec 4
12pm-3pm: The Learning Center For The Deaf

CHOICE Internship Info Table, Monday, November 4, 12 p.m.—2:00 p.m., MC Lobby

Avidia Bank Polished Professionals Workshop with MindsetGo, Tuesday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. — 12:20 p.m., MC Forum
Participants will enhance their abilities to grow their professional network, be able to acquire more business opportunities, and build their personal brand. Attendees will get the tools to develop a personal elevator pitch. Pre-registration is required via HANDSHAKE.

Avidia Bank Site Visit and Career Day, Tuesday, November 19, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Framingham Branch.
All majors welcome. Pre-registration is required via HANDSHAKE. Limited Transportation is available. Call the CSER Office at 508-626-4625 for details.

How To Find An Internship Workshop, Wednesday, November 20, 1:30 p.m.— 2:30 p.m., MC 1839
This is an interactive workshop. Students will gain insight into the process of an internship search including: self-inventory, preparation process, resume reviews, professional attire, mock interviewing, professional references, the search process, Handshake, CSER events, networking, and how to apply.

Networking & Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Graduation Event, Thursday, December 5, 5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m., MC Forum
Network with employer partners, learn about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying food and “mock” tails! Pre-registration is required via HANDSHAKE. Contact the CSER office at 508-626-4625 for more information.

On Campus Interviews Week, TBA, 12/9—12/13, Foster Hall 102
Diverse employers come to campus to interview for job openings

SAVE THE DATES for Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Suitable Solutions Program Kickoff, Thursday, January 30, 2020, 1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m., Foster Hall 102
All majors invited to attend to learn about this professionalism initiative, meet key employer partners and register for the program.

How to Find an Internship Workshop, Wednesday 2/12, 3/11, 4/8 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., MC Alumni Room
This is an interactive workshop where students gain insight into the process of internship search strategies including: self-inventory, preparation process, resume reviews, professional attire, mock interviewing, professional references, the search process, HANDSHAKE,CSER events, networking, and how to apply.

Curiosity Unleashed STEM Career Event, Thursday, February 20, 2020, 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., MC Forum
STEM Panel—Employers will speak about the work they do and the types of employment opportunities in their particular STEM fields.
Speed Networking—Students will meet diverse employers to discuss their STEM career interests.
Resume Critique—Employers will do a quick resume critique of students’ resumes to help them understand how to best highlight their skills and experience in the highly competitive STEM job market.

MathWorks Career Day, Wednesday, February 26, 2020
1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m. Career Day Presentation, MC Alumni Room
2:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m. Discussion & Questions, MC Alumni Room
Hear about the many opportunities at MathWorks. All majors are welcome! Please call the CSER office to find out more information at 508-626-4625.

CHOICE Internship Info Table, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30 12 p.m.—2:00 p.m., MC Lobby

Spring Job and Internship Fair, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 4:30 p.m.– 6:00 p.m., MC Forum
Come to this great networking event! Full-time and Internship positions available. Over 55 employers from the business, human services, non-profit, and STEM field’s will be featured. Bring your resume. Dress professionally. Log onto your HANDSHAKE account to view full list of organizations.

MERC Education Fair, Thursday, April 23, 2020, 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., at Boston University
Come to the largest education fair in New England - Over 100 school systems and agencies attend! Save the date for this annual recruiting event that brings together teaching candidates and school systems across the country for networking and job opportunities in public/private schools. Must register at: Limited transportation will be provided. Must pre-register for the van by calling the CSER Office at 508-626-4625.

Notable Accomplishments

-A performance by Professor Adam Stumacher, a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department, will be aired on the World Channel/WGBH program “Stories from the Stage” on November 11. Additionally, Professor Stumacher will be performing at “Resistance Mic,” an event at Oberon in Cambridge sponsored by the American Repertory Theater, on November 6. Here is a link to the event:

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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