Campus Currents

February 25, 2019

Exploring the evolution of space suits

From “Fashioning Apollo” to Designing Space Suits for Mars. An Engineering and Socio-cultural Conversation

Thursday, February 28, 2019
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

Join us for this Moon Landing in Context event featuring:

Dr. Cathleen Lewis, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
Dr. Dava Newman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Lewis and Dr. Newman will explore the evolution and development of space suits from both engineering and historical and cultural points of view. Panelists will also discuss how challenges of future space missions are changing the design of the suits.

Facilitated by: Professor Pamela Sebor-Cable

Midday Performances: The Arneis String Quartet

The Arneis String Quartet

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

The Arneis Quartet performs an eclectic range of programs from the standard to contemporary, including commissions of new works and interdisciplinary collaborations in New England and throughout the world. Their program will include Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major.

FSU Cooks is Back

The Foods Behind the Science: Diet and Heart Health

Monday, February 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Forum, McCarthy Center

FSU Cooks is back in the kitchen to help you learn about, cook, and eat healthy foods. Join Jane Polley RD, for a fun discussion which will help you unpack the science of heart health (hint: it’s about food). Then register for an FSU Cooks Culinary Nutrition Workshop, to learn how to prepare some heart healthy foods.

To register for the lecture, please visit:

To learn more about our Culinary Nutrition Workshops, please visit:

Celebrating Black History Month

February 25th: Screening of Moonlight, 1:30 p.m., Whittemore Library UM-14.

M.I.S.S. the Life & Death of Sandra Bland, Discussion. 7 p.m., CIE

February 27th: LUNA - Ram Table Talk, 7 p.m., CIE

The Death Penalty Photography Documentary Project

The Death Penalty Photography Documentary Project: A Journey into the U.S. Death Penalty through Photos and Stories

February 27, McCarthy Center Forum, 1:30 p.m.

The Death Penalty Photography Documentary Project is a multi-decade product of exploring capital punishment through the photographer’s lens. The project highlights Scott Langley’s efforts as an independent photojournalist and as a human rights activist - bringing together the unique combinationof art, journalism and education into one powerful project. The full presentation depicts an hour-by-hour walk-through of what happens on an execution night, taking the viewer from the prison deathwatch cell into the actual lethal injection chamber, while outlining the social implications and concerns around the use of executions.

Scott Langley is an independent, free-lance photojournalist based in Upstate New York and also
a death penalty abolition organizer with several organizations, including Amnesty International and Death Penalty Action. Scott currently travels within and outside the U.S. to speak about capital punishment, his work against executions, his work with death row families, and about his
photography documentary project.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology. For more information, please contact Dr. Zeynep Gonen at

Judy Norsigian: Our Bodies, Ourselves

Judy Norsigian and Aziza Ahmed

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
7:00 PM 9:00 PM
McCarthy Center Forum

Begun in 1969, published in 1971, and named by the United States Library of Congress as one of 88 books that shaped America, Our Bodies, Ourselves grew out of the second wave Women’s Movement and brought new perspectives on women, health, and sexuality into mainstream discourse. This joint presentation by co-author of the original book, Judy Norsigian, and Aziza Ahmed, who is familiar with more recent editions of the book, will explore the book’s impact both then and now, as the book celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Sponsored by: Framingham State University Arts & Ideas Program.

For more information, contact Ilene Hofrenning at

Free Citizenship Workshop

A Free Citizen Workshop will be held at Framingham State University on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m.

Call 617-694-5949 to schedule an appointment and get help with your citizenship application.  This event is part of

Spring Authors and Artists Event

March 13, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Professor Lori Gemeiner Bihler will discuss her recently published book, Cities of Refuge: German Jews in London and New York, 1935-1945. Ani Gjika willl talk about her poetry collection, Negative Space.

Teach/Study Abroad Info Sessions

Two info sessions are scheduled on March 6th for anyone interested in teaching or studying abroad!

API Study Abroad Info Session
Wednesday, March 6, 1:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Room 415

Learn about your various options to study abroad through API!

Teach Abroad Info Sesion
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Alumni Room

Q&A Skype session with FSU alumna teaching in Thailand! Then information presented on opportunities to teach, work, or volunteer abroad.

Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table is back! We are now meeting every other Thursday at the Dining Commons (McCarthy Center), 5:30-6:30pm. This semester we have new hosts, guests, delicious recipes (Gracias, Sodexo!), and a lot to learn together. All levels of Spanish are welcome. So, keep calm and practica Español!

Take a look at our schedule below and save the dates:

March 7, 21
April 11, 25

Spanish Language Table is possible thanks to the collaboration between the department of World Languages and Dining Services. For students, faculty and staff not on a meal plan, please RSVP contacting Everton Vargas da

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!

Noon—3:00 p.m.: Massachusetts National Guard & Fortitude Systems
3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.: Access Framingham & Castle Edge Insurance

9:00 a.m.—Noon: College, Nannies, Sitters & Tutors, The United States Army
Noon to 3 p.m.: Express Employment Pros & Blackstone Valley Prep Charter School

Noon—3:00 p.m.: Mini Miracles Early Education & Camp Cody
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Corcoran Management & New England Paradigm

9:00 a.m.—12 Noon: Work Opportunities Unlimited
Noon—3:00 p.m.: Ashland Public Schools

9:00 – 3: 00 p.m.: Framingham Public Schools Career Day

9 a.m. to Noon: The Key Program
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: MetroWest YMCA

The Washington Center Info Table, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: MC Lobby
TWC Info Session, February 26, 2019, 3:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m., MC Alumni Room
Learn about internships for all majors in the Washington, D.C. area.

The Math Works Career Day , Wednesday, February 27, 2019
1:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m. Information Session, MC Alumni Room
2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m. (Q+A), MC Alumni Room
Hear about the many opportunities at Math Works. All majors
welcome! Please call the career services and employer relations
office to find out more information! Preregistration required.
Call the CSER office at 508-626-4625.

Spring Job and Internship Fair, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 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.

Framingham Public Schools Career Day and On-Campus Interviews, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., MC Lobby & Foster 102 (Interviews)
Hiring for Before and After School Team. Jobs and internships available this summer and fall. On the spot interviews. Bring resumes and dress professionally.

Suitable Solutions Mocktail Mixer Networking Event & Graduation Apr 4, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., MC Forum
Network with employer partners while learning about proper networking techniques and etiquette while enjoying food and “mock” tails! Pre-Registration required via Ramtrack. Please call the CSER Office for more information.

YMCA Career Day and On Campus Interviews, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., MC Lobby and Foster 102 (Interviews)
Paid internships and professional positions. On the spot and scheduled interviews. Pre-Registration is through the CSER Office. Call 508-626-4625 for more information and to register. Bring resumes and dress professionally.

MERC Education Fair, Thursday, April 18, 2019 , 9:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m., at B.U.
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:

On-Campus Interviews Week, May 6—May 10, 2019—Employers TBA
*Coca-Cola Summer Internship Program, Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Foster 102
Pre-Registration is required for all interviews through the CSER Office. Call 508-626-4625 for more information.

Notable Accomplishments

-Associate Professor of Management and Business IT Karen Druffel and Professor of English at Lynn Parker gave a presentation at the annual symposium for Penn Law's Journal of Business Law titled “A 21st Century Response to a 19th Century Problem: Social Networks and Sweatshops.” Druffel discussed corporate social responsibility in the apparel industry such as anti-sweatshop efforts, which the speakers then connected to the ethics of Victorian textile mills. Parker contrasted the Victorian model of corporate social responsibility through “captains of industry” to modern day systems of crowd-sourced and financial performance-based ethics, highlighting the lack of substitutes for law and government in achieving those ethical goals. 

-FSU seniors Bret Murphy and Joshua Stiles will give a presentation titled "Habitats of the Heart - Students Provide High-Tech Skills to Nonprofits" at the New England IBM Z Customer Council on Tuesday, March 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in Sturbridge, MA.  The students will discuss their semester-long collaborations with local non-profits as part of Professor Karen Druffel's Information Systems Management Class. The effort was facilitated through the University's new partnership with the MetroWest Nonprofit Network.

-Professor Carl Hakansson will receive the the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissioners' Educator of the Year Award at their annual conference on March 2nd. 

-Professor Ani Gjika’s translation of Negative Space, a double-volume of poetry by the Albanian writer Luljeta Lleshanaku, is now one of five finalists shortlisted for a PEN Poetry Translation Prize! The winners will be announced this week on February 26 at the 2019 PEN America American Literary Awards Ceremony, held at the New York University Skirball Center. Here is a link to the announcement page:

-Professor Eamon Cunningham’s article, "An Archetypal Approach to Teaching Walden," was recently published in Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice (Fall 2018, vol. 10, no. 1). This edition was just published online: Professor Cunningham has taught first-year writing at Framingham State since the fall 2015 semester. He is also Chair of the English Department at Milford High School.

-Professor Jennifer De Leon’s short story, “House Keepers,” will be published in the Fall 2019 issue of The Iowa Review.

-Dr. Lucas Dietrich, a visiting lecturer in the English Department, will be giving a Lifelong Learning Series talk at the McAuliffe Branch of the Framingham Public Library this Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. His presentation, “Post-Bellum—Pre-Harlem: Black Writers and Boston Publishing at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” will explore the work of W.E.B. Du Bois and Charles W. Chesnutt, who were published by Houghton Mifflin and the Atlantic Monthly.

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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