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February 10, 2020


Midday Performance Series: Swaari Performance and Workshop

McCarthy Center Forum
Monday, Feb. 10
Workshop at 1:30 p.m.; Performance at 4:30 p.m.

Sawaari explores the nexus of Indian taals, Arabic maqams, and trance music from North Africa and Italy, fully encompassing the varied interests and backgrounds of its band members: Fabio Pirozzolo (vocals and percussion), Jussi Reijonen (oud), Mike Rivard (sintir and double bass), Andy Bergman (sax, clarinet) and Amit Kavthekar (tabla). With an emphasis on rhythm, the music they create together has a searching, exploratory quality that brings together the meditative with the energetic, taking the listener from sparse tranquility to complex syncopations in a moment. Named for a word that means "to ride" in Urdu, Sawaari invites audiences to be transported into a world of rhythm and sound that knows no borders, no limitations.

Sugar and Slavery: An Interdisciplinary Panel

Sugar and Slavery: An Interdisciplinary Panel
February 11, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

The routes by which sugar moved from production to consumption were the root of slavery from the 17th to the 19th century. A panel of FSU faculty will explore how history, geography and astronomy colluded to induce, re-inforce, and re-invent the bitter industry of slavery, all in pursuit of the sweetness of sugar.

Heads and Tails: A Documentary of Traveling Hair

Heads and Tails: A Documentary of Traveling Hair
February 12, 2020, at 4:30 p.m , Forum, McCarthy Center

Heads and Tails is a documentary film that chronicles the curious hair trade between Turkey and Israel. The directors of the film, AylinKuryel and Firat Yucel, will offer a talk and Q & A after the film screening.

FSU Grad Student Wins ISPE Scholarship

Framingham State University Biotechnology student Anuradha Ponugoti has received a prestigious ISPE (International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology) Scholarship.

The Joel Goldenberg Memorial Scholarships are awarded by the ISPE Boston Area Chapter Scholarship Foundation and made possible by donations from generous individuals and industry stakeholders. These latest awards bring the total awarded by the Chapter since 2011 to $205K.

The Joel Goldenberg Memorial Scholarship program emphasizes careers in pharma, biopharma and related enterprises and supports the development of engineers and other skilled professionals vital to these industries.

For more information about the Scholarship Foundation, visit or contact the Foundation office via email at

Clint Smith, “History Reconsidered”

February 19, 2020, at 4:30 p.m., Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center

The United States is a country of great opportunity, but we must wrestle with how certain opportunities are contingent on different facets of one’s identity. The United States has provided economic mobility for millions of people, but we must wrestle with the history of violence and exploitation that helped to generate its economic foundation. The United States has freed millions around the world from despots and genocide, and we must wrestle with this same country’s pervasive history of barbarous imperialism. These are all parts of what make this country what it is. In this talk, combining poetry and history, Clint Smith pushes the audience to wrestle with the complicated truths about the country we live in and helps crystallize how this history has shaped the contemporary social, political, and cultural landscape of our world today.

Upcoming FSU Planetarium Shows

Habitat Earth - featuring Dr. Megan Lehnerd
Friday, February 21, 2020
Showtimes: 7:00 PM

Register Here

The need for food is something that all living things have in common. Feeding relationships between species are the foundation of the global food web that has sustained life on Earth for millions of years.

Unlike most other species, humans in the modern world have choices about we eat, and our choices can serve to break these delicate links, or strengthen and sustain them. Habitat Earth will take you on journey through some of Earth's diverse and complex ecosystems, from the deepest oceans to the forest floor. This visually stunning fulldome film will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the life forms that populate these ecosystems, and the dynamic relationships between them.

Following the film, Dr. Megan Lehnerd, Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University, will share her thoughts about will share her thoughts about how to eat with the planet in mind.

Habitat Earth
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Showtimes: 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM (with Captions)
Register Here

Plunge below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in deep ocean ecosystems; dig beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive; and soar to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.

Narrated by Frances McDormand, Habitat Earth features stunning visualizations of both biological and human-built networks (and of how they intersect), taking show-goers on an incredible, immersive journey through the interconnectedness of life on Earth.

Length: 25 minutes

Recommended for: ages 7+

Weight Stigma in American Society

Weight Stigma in American Society: Public Health Consequences and Structural Solutions
February 24, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Weight-based bullying, stigma, and discrimination are commonplace in our society. What impact does this have on children and adults, and what should we do about it? Dr. Rebecca Puhl will present research evidence highlighting the nature and health consequences of weight stigma, and discuss broad-level strategies to address this problem, including actions from parents, educators, health care providers, and policy-makers.

CELTSS Lunchtime Discussion Series: Daughters of Destiny

FSU is committed to the development of ethical and engaged citizenship, so how should instructors go about creating an environment in which virtues like conscientiousness, accountability, and self-discipline are both expected and developed?

Please join Professors Ruirui Zhang and Joe D’Andrea on the dates below in a lunchtime discussion series about this question.

February 4, 2020 12:30-1:20pm and
February 11, 2020 12:30-1:20pm and
February 18, 2020 12:30-1:20pm and
February 25, 2020 12:30-1:20pm
CELTSS Room, Hemenway 208

Please view Episode One of the Netflix series "Daughters of Destiny" before attending the Feb. 4 discussion.

Interested in attending? Please RSVP to Joe D'Andrea at

Black History Month Celebrations

Black History Month Celebrations

February is Black History Month and several events are being planned by the Division of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement to celebrate.

2/10: Black History Month Opening Celebration. The Center for Inclusive Excellence at 4:30 p.m.

2/12: Mental Health in the Black Community. The Center for Inclusive Excellence at 7:30 p.m.

2/13: Being Black in America. The Center for Inclusive Excellence at 6:30 p.m.

2/17: Let's Talk About Privilege. Center for Inclusive Excellence at 7 p.m.

2/18: Black Faculty Panel Discussion: Rare or not rare? A question and answer session about the rarity of black tenured professors in higher education. The Center for Inclusive Excellence at 4:30 p.m.

2/19: The Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture Series: Clint Smith, "History Reconsidered." Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center at 4:30 p.m.

2/20: Black Movie Discussion. The Center for Inclusive Excellence at 7 p.m.

2/25: Black Professionals in Leadership Roles: A panel discussion on diversity & inclusion compliance and diversifying the talent pipeline. Alumni Room at 4:30 p.m.

2/27: Film Discussion on the Intersection of Gender & Bias: Facilitated by Justice Resource Institute (JRI) GLASS Framingham. Center for Inclusive Excellence at 4:30 p.m.

2/29 Black Excellence in Achievement Panel & African Student Union Closing Gala: Awards, food, dance, and music to celebrate black culture. McCarthy Center Forum at 5 p.m.

Danforth Art School: Family and Children's Workshops

Below are some upcoming family and children's workshops available at the Danforth Art School. For more information, visit

Family Workshop

Paper Gardens
Saturday February 29 from 1-3 pm $25 per family

Inspired by the colorful ceramic sculptures by Mary Morazzi Henderson on display in the Danforth Art Museum, create your own “garden” of flowers! We will have lots of colorful papers and other fun supplies and we will show you some simple tricks to make paper flowers which will pop and burst with color on your own landscape. No experience required!

Bring the whole family or just a friend to this fun workshop. Limited to 30 participants. $25 includes up to 4 family members; additional members welcome for $5 each.

Kids’ Night Out

Back by popular demand! Choose one option or all three!

Parents, take advantage of a chance to go shopping or get a bite to eat without the kids! This is a night just for the children with us at the Danforth. We provide a fun art-making activity, a scavenger hunt, Pictionary and pizza & lemonade. Limited to 25 participants, Grades K-8.

Giant Initial Pictures
Friday, March 6, 6-9pm $25 per child

Inspired by the works on display in the museum by Jo Sandman, we will create fun effects with watercolors on paper, then cut and rip them up into HUGE letters to create our initials in a framed picture.

Crazy Collage
Friday, April 3, 6-9pm $25 per child

Have fun cutting out pictures of people in fun places and draw your own crazy scene to place them in! We will visit the photographs by Liz Albert in the museum for inspiration.

Sock Sculptures
Friday, May 1, 6-9pm $25 per child

Inspired by the fun sculptures by Lisa Barthelson in the museum, we will create our own designs using stockings, socks wire and other stuff!

Brazil Movie Series: Zuzu Angel

The Brazil Movie Series Presents: Zuzu Angel

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., North Hall Commons Room

Directed by Sergio Rezende, Zuzu Angel covers the last years of the famous Brazilian fashion designer in her doomed quest for justice in the case of her activist son Stuart's arrest, torture, murder and subsequent corpse disposal by the military forces in early 1970's Rio de Janeiro, during the darkest era of Brazilian military regime and media censorship.

Heloisa Galvão, Executive Director of the Brazilian Women's Group, will host a Q&A after the screening. Brazilian refreshments will be served.

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:

IAFSA Coffee and Conversation Series

The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA) located at 42 Adams Road, Framingham is hosting a series of Coffee and Conversations. The series will continue February 18th with Suzanne Higham, discussing her work as a landscape designer and her contributions to the Garden on the Hill. Register Here

Suzanne Higham is the owner/designer of Frog Hollow Landscapes. She is an award-winning landscape designer with more than 14 years of professional experience in the design, installation, and maintenance of residential and commercial landscapes. She created the plan for Garden on the Hill a project of the Class of 1964, transforming the side yard of Alumni House into a garden for remembrance and reflection. Attendees are encouraged to engage in conversations after her presentation.

Coffee/tea and refreshments will be provided.

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

Attention FSU students seeking a master’s degree: Graduate assistantship positions are now posted for the academic year 2020-2021. Please check the Graduate Studies website for more information.

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!

Feb 12
11am-1pm: New England Center for Children Career Day
1pm-4pm: Accept Education Collaborative

Feb 19
9am-12pm: US Census 2020
12pm-3pm: Department of Youth Services & T.S.A.

Feb 20 (Thursday Employer Showcase)
10am – 4pm: Davey Resource Group

Feb 26
9am– 2pm: Brown University Pre-college & Summer Programs Internship
12pm-3pm: The Key Program & BU Advising Corps.
3pm-6pm: US Census 2020

March 4
9am - 12pm: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
12pm–3pm: Bank of America & The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Mar 11
9am-12pm: The Massachusetts State Police
12pm-3pm: Cloud International & Farrington Nature, Inc.

Mar 25
9am-12pm: McAdam Financially Advanced
12pm-3pm: RCS Learning Center
3pm-6pm: US Census 2020

Apr 1
9am-12pm: Ashland Public Schools
12pm-3pm: Wayland Public Schools & Little Flippers Swim School

Apr 8
12pm-3pm: College Nannies, Sitters, and Tutors

Apr 15
12pm-3pm: Mini Miracles Early Education Center

Apr 22
12pm-3pm: Booster Enterprises

Apr 29
12pm-3pm: Housing Management Resources

Majors Going Mobile, Every Tuesday, through May 6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., MC Lobby

The Career Services office showcases different majors and minors every Tuesday in the McCarthy Center lobby by the Welcome Desk. The goal is to be available to FSU students who may have questions about their major and/or would like to have more information about which careers and internships might be available to them in their major. Stop by the table in order to learn about the many majors and minors available at FSU.

Autism Alliance Advocates Information Table, Tuesdays, 2/11 and 2/18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., MC Lobby
Learn how you can become a paid respite caregiver for children with autism.

How to Find an Internship Workshops, 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.

New England Center For Children Information Session, Wednesday, February 12, 1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m., MC Room 417
Learn about the many job and internship opportunities at NECC.

STEM Career Event and Internship Fair, Thursday, February 20, 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., MC Forum

Career Fair—Students will explore internship and full time opportunities that meet their career goals.

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.

Connection Employer Site Visit, Friday, March 13, 10:30 a.m., 293 Boston Post Road, Marlborough
All majors welcome. Limited transportation provided. Call CSER for more information and to pre-register at 508-626-4625.

Suitable Solutions Career Professionalism Workshop, Wednesday, February 26, 1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m., MC Alumni
Focus is on career readiness and soft skills employers are seeking for Spring Suitable Solutions participants.

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, 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, 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

-Dr. Bartholomew Brinkman has been selected as an M. C. Lang Fellow in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources. In the letter announcing Dr. Brinkman’s selection to this two-year fellowship, Laura Perrings, writing on behalf of the M. C. Lang Fellowship Selection Committee, praised him for his “dedication to teaching book history as well as to building a bibliographic community” at Framingham State. As an M. C. Lang Fellow, Dr. Brinkman will be participating in a seminar, “Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities: Teaching with Historical Sources,” at the University of Virginia in June.  

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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