Campus Currents

November 9th, 2015

President's Distinguished Lecture Series

Native Wisdom: Facing the Crisis of Climate Change

The first event in the President's Distinguished Lecture Series is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room.

Native American leaders will join FSU professors to share collective wisdom and explain how and why the contributions of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) to modern science are becoming a guiding force in national climate change policies. They will explain how the historical denial of civil and land-use rights of Native Americans contributed to the global crisis of climate change and how, through native wisdom, a path can be found that will help improve the human and natural relationships upon which a healthy world depends.


-Chairman Cedric Cromwell of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is leading his people into a new era of self-sufficiency and self–determination. He is also an advocate for Indian Country and serves on the boards of the United Eastern Tribes, National Indian Health Board, as treasurer for the National Congress of American Indians, and as alternate regional vice president for the National Indian Gaming Association.

-Aja DeCoteau is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation in the Pacific Northwest and the watershed department manager for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, leading numerous environmental reparation projects, including the Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit (salmon restoration). She also serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Environmental Council.

-Dr. Vandana Singh is an associate professor in Framingham State University’s Department of Physics and Earth Sciences. She is the winner of a program award from the American Association of Colleges and Universities for her work on climate change and oil drilling in the Alaskan Arctic and their impact on the Inupiaq people of the North Shore.

-Carl Hakansson, J.D., is an environmental and land-use attorney. He is also an associate professor in the Geography Department at FSU. He teaches “Native Americans: A Geographical and Legal Perspective.” He is the author of Indian Time: Tales of an Indian Advocate.

Brand/Identitiy: Prints by Willie Cole

Tuesday, Nov. 10,
6-7 p.m., Mazmanian Gallery Reception
7 p.m. Lecture, McCarthy Center Forum

Willie Cole is an internationally recognized fine artist working primarily in sculpture and printmaking. His two-day stay will include an exhibition of his printmaking in the Mazmanian Gallery, a targeted art workshop for building identity through experimental printmaking, and a lecture about his work in the Forum. Cole’s work deals with the recontextualization of common household objects to create visual metaphors for his African-American identity.

Aja DeCoteau: Community Education Speaker Series

Aja DeCoteau (Yakama/Turtle Mountain Chippewa) will be speaking in the Community Education Center (Jonathan Maynard Building) on Tuesday, Nov. 10th, at 7:30 p.m. The title of her talk is “Modern Life and Culture of Native Americans.”

Ms. DeCoteau will focus on her own life growing up on the Yakama Indian Nation reservation, the carrying out of traditional practices as a daily part of life, educational opportunities, history and modern governments in Indian Country, and a look to her predictions for Native Americans in the future. She will also talk a bit about the impacts of Climate Change on her people.

The Color of Wealth

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Greater Framingham Community Church
44 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA 01702

Please join us for a special presentation of the report produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston entitled “The Color of Wealth in Boston.”  This report reveals a staggering disparity between the net worth of whites as compared with nonwhites in the greater Boston area.

Findings from the report will be presented by Ana Patricia Munoz, Community Development Research Director with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by State Rep. Chris Walsh.  This event is being hosted by Framingham State University in collaboration with the Greater Framingham Community Church.  (Attached please find the event poster, and a copy of the official report).

Event panelists include:
Reverend J. Anthony Lloyd, Senior Pastor, Greater Framingham Community Church
State Sen. Jamie Eldridge
Yves Salomon-Fernandez, Interim President MassBay Community College
Marc Jacobs, CEO Jewish Family Service of MetroWest
Paul Mina, President & CEO United Way of Tri-County
Renee Harper, Asst. Vice President and Controller Liberty Mutual
Lori Anderson, Representative from MetroWest Economic Research Center

Naomi Tutu Delivers Powerful Talk

By Scott Calzolaio ‘16, Publications Intern

Not only was Nontombi Naomi Tutu born into the dark skin she wears proudly every day, but she was also born into defending that skin as well. Tutu, human rights activist and daughter of Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu, returned to Framingham State last week and took DPAC by storm with rhetorical question that brought forms of deep-seated racism in society to the surface.

Tutu’s charged discussion titled “Black Truths Matter: Lessons from South Africa’s TRC for the U.S. Today,” focused on the unnoticed, or in some cases ignored, examples of extreme racism, human torture and murder in South Africa heard by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She discussed how prevalent racism still is and how this racism can be witnessed in America and on an international scale. Tutu also emphasized the instances of resilience and strength by those victimized in these situations.

“We were given the opportunity, as a country,” she said referring to apartheid in South Africa, “to witness the great depths that we can sink to as human beings, and also the great heights in which we can rise to as human beings.”

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, TRC, was assembled after the abolition of apartheid in South Africa. The TRC is near and dear to Tutu’s heart, as her father and retired archbishop of Cape Town, was the chairman.
The stories and first-hand accounts that were heard by this court-like commission shocked the world, and many of them were hushed or brushed aside, an issue that today’s society should learn from said Tutu.

“What is it that we are choosing not to know?” she asked. “What truth is it about our community, about our country, about our world that we are choosing to ignore? What stories are we pretending do not exist? When we listen to the stories of police officers killing people, and burning their bodies, and having a barbeque at the same time, we can only ask, ‘what has happened to a human being that he is willing and able to do things like this to other human beings?’” she said.

The answer to the issue of racism and race bias, said Tutu, is not to ignore our differences, but rather embrace and take advantage of them.

“I don’t want to pretend that I’m not black, and I don’t want you to think that I am a not a black woman. I don’t want us to pretend that our differences do not exist,” said Tutu. “That is not a choice. The choice is to say our differences are not the things that determine our worth and who we are in the world.”

Alpha Upsilon Alpha Speaker Dr. Nell Duke

Framingham State’s Alpha Pi Chapter of Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the Honor Society of the International Literacy Association, will host Dr. Nell Duke on Tuesday, Nov. 10, for a special lecture entitled “The Engagement Imperative: Why Literacy Engagement is More Important Than Ever and What We Can Do About It.”

The event will take place in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center from 7 to 9 p.m.

Dr. Duke is a professor of literacy, language and culture at the University of Michigan’s School of Education. She is the recipient of the 2014 P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award given by the Literacy Research Association. She also received Michigan State University’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. Dr. Duke is author and co-author of many books including, Inside Information: Developing Powerful Readers and Writers of Information Text Through Project-Based Instruction; Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K-8 Classrooms; and Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills from Birth to 5.

Please RSVP to Dr. Diane Lowe at

Memorial Grove Dedication

Framingham State University has identified a location on campus to honor  and commemorate the memory of members of our campus community whom we have lost. Memorial Grove will be a place where people can come together to remember, contemplate, and reflect.

The dedication ceremony for Memorial Grove will be held on Thursday, November 12 at 3:30 p.m. during Framingham State's Week of Kindness and the day after Veterans Day. 

Memorial Grove is located across the street from Larned Hall next to Larned Beach. Please join us.

Fac/Staff of Color Affinity Group

The Faculty/Staff of Color Affinity Group will meet on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. in PCRII - all are welcome! 

Suitable Solutions Fashion Show

Don't miss the Suitable Solutions Fashion Show on Thursday, Nov. 19th, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum!

About 30 students signed up to take part in the Suitable Solutions Program, which was launched by the Office of Career Services and Employer Relations in partnership with the with a national retail company and the United Way of Tri-County.

The program kicked off on October 22nd with a seminar on professionalism led by Jen Maseda, the Chief Philanthropy Officer at the United Way. Following the seminar, students held one-on-one mock interviews with local corporate recruiters and received feedback on their performance.

The Material Culture of Wartime with Lori Gemeiner Bihler

Sunday, November 15, 2015, at 3 p.m.

In times of destruction and dislocation, what are the things we keep? Join us for a lecture on material culture and memory, in connection with the exhibition Dear Dearest Mother: Leslie Starobin’s Wartime Still Life Montages, by Lori Gemeiner Bihler, Assistant Professor of History at Framingham State University. Learn how historians of war and genocide use personal mementos and family photographs to understand processes of remembrance, narrative formation, and memorialization.

Emerging Leaders Nominations

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development seeks your insight for the 2016 Emerging Leaders program. Click here to view the nomination form.

Forms may be submitted electronically through Collegiate Link or e-mailed to by Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Notable Accomplishments

Dr. Lori Anderson, Assistant Professor, Economics and MERC faculty member, will be a panelist at the “Color of Wealth in Boston” presentation on Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Framingham Community Church. This event is being hosted by Framingham State University in collaboration with the Greater Framingham Community Church.

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