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February 22, 2021

"(Un)Documents" by Jesús I. Valles

(Un)Documents: A Solo Theater Performance by Jesús Valles

February 24th at 4:30 p.m.

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In their acclaimed solo show, (Un)Documents, award-winning actor and poet Jesús I. Valles journeys across both sides of a river with two names, moving between languages to find their place in a nation that demands sacrifice at the altar of citizenship. In doing so, they create a new kind of documentation written with anger and fierce love.

Students and Staff Kick off Black History Month with Virtual Event

By Soren Colstrup, publications intern

The importance of Black History Month in today’s culture dates back to the “Black Awakening” of the 1960s, when African Americans dramatically expanded their consciousness of Black history during the Civil Rights Movement, according to former FSU Brother2Brother President Deron Hines.

“50 years after the first celebration of Black History, President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to seize the opportunity to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans of every area ever endeavored throughout our history,” Hines said during an event hosted by Dr. Patricia Birch, Director of Inclusive Excellence Initiatives, on Wednesday, February 10th 2021.

Titled “Black History Month: A Discussion on Vice-President Kamala Harris Leadership & Civil Rights in the Era of Black Lives Matter,” the event celebrated and informed the attendees of the origins of Black History Month, and the powerful role it continues to play in giving a voice to the Black community.

Patricia Birch shared a clip from an interview with Vice President Kamala Harris in which Harris described her takeaways from attending a Black Lives Matter protest after the death of George Floyd.

Harris said, “I believe as a former prosecutor that Black Lives Matter has been the most significant agent for change within the criminal justice system. It has been a counter force to the force within a system which is so grounded in status quo and its own traditions, which have been harmful and discriminatory in the way it was enforced.”

Harris’s words appeared to resonate with the audience as many students commented on their appreciation for Kamala Harris’s understanding of social problems and the necessary forces that often bring change.

Attendees of the event also attributed technology as one of the most powerful forces in raising awareness to the issue of inequality, as it has become much easier to mobilize than at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

Film Screening on Intelligent Lives followed by Q&A with filmmaker Dan Habib

The Chris Walsh Center for Children and Families of MetroWest presents a free film screening of Intelligent Lives followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Dan Habib

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 at 7 p.m.

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INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities—Micah, Naieer, and Naomie—who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. INTELLIGENT LIVES is a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.

Remaining Black History Month Events

February 22nd Black Boys Documentary Debrief with the Anti-Racist Dialogues Group
Please register here to receive the Zoom info.

February 23rd at 4:30 p.m. Domingo Guyton, “The N Word from Slavery to Hip Hop.”

February 25th at 2:30 p.m. Black Boys Documentary debrief with Dr. Patricia Sanchez-Connally, Associate Professor, Sociology and Patty Birch, Director of Inclusive Excellence Initiatives, CIE

Study Abroad Events

Study Abroad Fair: Programs Around the World
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1:30 p.m.
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Drop in Study Abroad Advising
Wednesday at 1:30 throughout the semester
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CELTSS Discussion Series: Collegiality - part 2

February 24th, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

RSVP to Professor Joe D'Andrea:

FSU is committed to the development of a collaborative community, so how should university members go about creating an environment in which behavior like collegiality is both expected and developed in the classroom, in the library, and in the office?

Please join us in a lunchtime discussion series about collegiality: Feb. 24, on Zoom. Discussion facilitated by Shin Freedman, Jim Freedman, and Joe D’Andrea.

Celebrating Women’s History Month with the Smithsonian

The Christa McAuliffe Center and the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, will co-host three virtual lectures organized by the Smithsonian Institution to celebrate Women’s History Month. These talks spotlight some of the Smithsonian scholars featured in the publication Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Stories of Strength, Ingenuity and Vision from the National Collection. All talks support the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, designed to create, disseminate, and amplify the historical record of the accomplishments of American women. Full descriptions are provided below.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7 PM EST
Lena Richard and Julia Child: Two Women Who Changed Culinary History
Co-hosted by the Christa McAuliffe Center
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Through their cookbooks, teaching, and television programs, these extraordinary women inspired generations of people to take cooking seriously. They challenged perceptions and stereotypes of women in their respective eras and made lasting contributions to culinary history. Their stories, reflective of their very different backgrounds, reveal insights about women, race, food, and culture in 20th-century America.
Featuring: Paula Johnson, Curator, National Museum of American History / Ashley Rose Young, PhD, Historian, National Museum of American History

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 5 PM EST
Women in Aerospace: Stories from the Smithsonian Collection
Co-hosted by the Christa McAuliffe Center
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Dr. Margaret Weitekamp has researched and written on how a groundswell of support helped create a Lego set representing women’s contributions to aerospace. Join us for a discussion of how women have worked from the very beginning of aviation to innovate, and how museums have documented their stories.
Featuring: Margaret Weitekamp, PhD, Curator and Department Chair, Space History Department, National Air and Space Museum

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7 PM EST
Ancient Worlds Contemporary Selves: Smithsonian Scholars Explore Intersectionality
Co-hosted by the Danforth Art Museum
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In this discussion, scholars from the National Museum of the American Indian, Asian Pacific American Center and Smithsonian American Art Museum explore how artists integrate the ancient world within their contemporary artistic practice. In so doing, their works update and create new meanings, allowing them to pass on complex and layered cultural interpretations to future generations.
Featuring: Michelle Delaney, PhD, Assistant Director for History and Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian / Healoha Johnston, Curator, Asian Pacific American Women’s Cultural History, Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center / Claudia Zapata, Curatorial Assistant, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Always what? A Woman Veteran Writes about Coming of Age in the Marine Corps

March 1 at 4:30 p.m.

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In her memoir Fidelis, Teresa Fazio chronicles her deployment to Iraq as a young Marine officer and homecoming as a veteran of an ongoing war. She will explore how she processed her experiences through writing and her work to explore the role of women in the military and public life.

Career Services Virtual Events

Virtual Employer Showcase, Wednesday, 2/24, on Zoom, featuring The Washington Center Internships, 1:30-2:30pm
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) provides the experiential education opportunities to students of the Massachusetts public state university system. TWC uses the resources of the nation's capital to provide high-quality learning experiences to enhance student's academic, civic, and professional development, and in this way, seeks to promote future leadership for the public, private, and non-profit sectors of society. TWC's internship placements include positions in government offices, communication organizations, law firms, trade and professional associations, human rights groups, and a variety of companies and other organizations. All majors welcome. Internships are coupled with required academic courses. Zoom Link:

Virtual Employer Showcase, Wednesday, 4/7, on Zoom, 1:30-2:30pm, featuring the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce
The CSER Office’s traditional Wednesday Employer Showcase is currently a “virtual networking” platform on Zoom. As we are socially distancing, networking has never been more important. This week’s Virtual Employer Showcase will give students an opportunity to informally network with the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce President Jim Giammarinaro, and a few Chamber businesses who may be hiring for full-time and/or internship opportunities. The MWCC Virtual Employer Showcase will also highlight the mission of the Chamber, its services, and will share insight on trends in the MetroWest job market and its industries. Zoom Link: Log onto Handshake or Ramlink to get the required password.

Virtual Career & Internship Fair, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Virtual Job Fairs and Information Sessions Not Hosted by FSU

Please note that these programs/events are being externally hosted by an outside employer or agency, and are not affiliated with Framingham State University. They are being shared because they may be of interest to members of our FSU community. Advertisement of these programs/events does not indicate Framingham State University’s sponsorship or endorsement. All participants should exercise caution when participating.

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Careers within the Massachusetts State Police
Saturday, February 20, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Work Without Limits Career Fair
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Massachusetts Virtual Teachers of Color Job Fair 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Frederick County Public Schools (VA) Virital Teacher Career Fair
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 and March 3, 2021
Registration is required by February 5, 2021. Space is limited and registrant interview times will be confirmed beginning February 10 based on availability.

MIT European Career Fair
Thursday, February 25, 2021

U.S. Secret Service Law Enforcement Career Opportunities
Friday, February 26, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Register online

Division for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Virtual Career Day
Saturday, February 27, 2021
10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Sherwin Williams: How to Handle Tough Interview Questions
Monday, March 1, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Westfield State University Job and Internship Fair 2021
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Register in Handshake

J.B. Hunt Virtual Series: Internal Perspectives on the Apps Development Internship Program at J.B. Hunt
Thursday, March 11, 2021
3 pm - 4 pm

AAEE/Kappa Delta Pi Teacher Job Fair
Thursday, March 11, 2021
1:00 - 5:00 PM

Teach Western Mass Annual Hiring Fair
Saturday, March 13, 2021
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Register online

STEM Internships and Fellowships Information Session for ORISE
Wednesday, March 17
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Register at to attend and a link will be provided.

Boston Children’s Hospital Child Life Informational Session
Saturday, March 20, 2021
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Please register by March 6th, 2021

MassHire Downtown Boston Healthcare Virtual Job Fair
Thursday, March 25, 2021
11 am - 3 pm


Disney College Program Information Session
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
3 pm
RSVP to Giselle Frechette, WSU Disney Program Advisor

Westfield State University "Get Hired" Career Fair 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Register in Handshake

MERC Career Fair
Thursday, April 22, 2021
10 am - 1 pm

J.B. Hunt Virtual Series: ERGs of J.B. Hunt - Supportive Spaces That Drive Inclusion
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
1 pm – 2 pm

AAEE/Kappa Delta Pi Teacher Job Fair
Thursday, April 29, 2021
1:00 - 5:00 PM

AAEE/Kappa Delta Pi Teacher Job Fair
Thursday, June 10, 2021
1:00 - 5:00 PM

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Thomas Koshy, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics has two articles published:

  • Extended Gibonacci Sums of Polynomial Products of Orders 4 and 5, The Fibonacci Quarterly, 59:1 (2021), pp. 3--13.
  • Extended Gibonacci Sums of Polynomial Products of Orders 4 and 5 Revisited, The Fibonacci Quarterly, 59:1 (2021), pp. 23--32.

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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