Campus Currents

February 16, 2016

Byron Hurt

Black History Month Speaker: Byron Hurt

The University is honored to be hosting award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer and lecturer Byron Hurt as a guest speaker in February, as part of Black History Month. Hurt is the former host of the Emmy-nominated television show, REEL WORKS with BYRON HURT.

His movie "Soul Food Junkies" will be screened on February 17th, at 7 p.m., in the Center for Inclusive Excellence, followed by a Diversity Dialogue.

On February 24th, Hurt will be on campus to screen his film "Hip Hop:Beyond Beats and Rhymes" in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. The screening will be followed by a talk with Hurt entitled "Hip Hop and Culture: How do Music, Messages and Images impact Society, Culture and Change?"

For more information about Hurt, visit

Dr. Temple Grandin - Tonight!

Dr. Temple Grandin will visit Framingham State on Tuesday, February 16, at 7 p.m. in DPAC, for a discussion entitled “Different Kinds of Minds.”

Dr. Grandin's talk explores how different kinds of minds -- those shaped by different learning styles, different disciplines, or more profoundly by neurological difference -- can offer new opportunities for problem solving, boosting creativity and just plain getting things done. For Dr. Grandin, understanding different kinds of minds has never stopped with the human, but has always included the ways animals think. It was this empathetic line of inquiry which led her to discover her career in animal husbandry.

We are anticipating a large audience for this event and ask those planning to attend to register here.

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything

Award-winning journalist Naomi Klein will visit Framingham State University on Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m. in DPAC for a special lecture based on her book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. Climate. The event is part of the President's Distinguished Lecture Series. 

Fires, floods, droughts—how do we change the world before it changes so radically that no one is safe? Drawing on her new book, This Changes Everything, Klein tackles the climate crisis, the obstacles we face, political, economic, and ideological solutions necessary to build the next, regeneration-based economies. Can we pull off these changes in time?

Toward a 99% Revolution?

A special book talk with FSU Professor Dr. Jonathan Martin entitled "Toward a 99% Revolution? The 2016 Election and the Future of Progressive Politics," will take place on Thursday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room.

Recently, popular discontent with the political status quo has been fueling an upsurge of progressive movements and campaigns - including the fight for living wages, Black Lives Matter, climate change activism, the president campaign of Bernie Sanders and more. Could the United States be heading toward a deeper "political revolution," as advocated by Sanders? Based on his new book, Empowering Progressive Third Parties in the United States, Dr. Martin will discuss one critical way that such a profound change could evolve in the wake of the 2016 election.

Historian and Filmmaker Graham Peck

Historian and filmmaker Graham Peck will visit Framingham State on March 7th and 8th. He will introduce, screen, and lead a discussion about his PBS documentary film Stephen A. Douglas and the Fate of American Democracy on Monday, March 7th at 4:30 p.m. in the Heineman Center.

Peck, a Professor of History at Saint Xavier University, will also hold a workshop with faculty on Tuesday March 8th at 1:15 p.m. in the President's Conference Room 2 (Athletic Center) on “Learning History by Making Documentary Film.” This will be a wonderful opportunity for engaging in discussion about the merits of filmmaking as a way of doing historical scholarship.

For more information, contact Dr. Ira Silver at

Mazmanian Gallery Exhibit

A new exhibit will open in the Mazmanian Gallery on February 22nd, featuring the work of FSU professors John Anderson and Barbara Milot. An opening reception is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The exhibit will remain up until March 25th.

9th Annual Family Fun Day

The 9th annual Family Fun Day at Framingham State is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21st, 2016, from noon to 3 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum. The theme of the event is Wild Safari and will feature crafts, snacks, live animal shows and much more!

The snow date is February 28th, from noon to 3 p.m.

Questions? E-mail

Save the Date - Accepted Student Days

This year's Accepted Student Receptions are scheduled for:

Saturday April 2, 2016
Saturday April 9, 2016

Financial Planning Career Talk

Join us for an educational and inspiring panel event to learn about the many career opportunities available for young financial planners. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room.

The group will spend some time exploring the options available to college students and new graduates and the many career paths available in this profession.

Guest Panelists:

Vera Kelsey Watts, Financial Planner, Peace of Money
Jake Northrup, Investment Adviser, Ballentine Partners
Eric Roberge, Financial Planner and Founder of Beyond Your Hammock
Phuong Luong, Director of Financial Services, Compass Working Capital


Lindsay Singer, Relationship Manager, Crestwood Advisors

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Joseph Adelman, a Professor in the History Department, recently published an article in The Atlantic entitled "George Washington, Man of Mystery." It can be found here.

-Dr. Thomas Koshy, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, has two articles published in Volume 40 (2015) of The Mathematical Scientist. They are titled "Some Catalan and Lobb Delights" and "Fibonacci Walks," and appear on pages 80-88 and 128-133, respectively.

-English Professor Sam Witt’s  book of poems, Little Doomsday Clock, has been accepted by Carolina Wren Press, and will be published in early 2017.

-English Professor Rachel Trousdale’s article, “Mrs. Dalloway and The Defense,” translated into Russian, has been published in Nabokovskii Sbornik [Nabokov Collection] (St Petersburg: Nabokov Museum, 2015).


Upcoming events

Thanksgiving Recess (Begins @ 4:30pm on Wed, Nov 22)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

8:30 am - 10:00 pm

Campus Wide - No Location

Organized by: University Registrar

Marijuana: Then and Now

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

McCarthy Campus Center Forum

Organized by: Wellness Education

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