Campus Currents

February 9, 2016

Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin - Different Kinds of Minds

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.

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

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

Notable Accomplishments

-Professor Colleen Coyne has been awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Poetry.  The award was given to seven poets this year (there were 342 applicants).  

--A recent paper by Dr. Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz titled "Disclosure of Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence to Police among Lesbian, Gays, and Bisexuals,” was the subject of a short essay in The Society Pages. It can be found at The author of the essay is Framingham State Sociology and Education major Molly McNulty. The work was selected by the Council on Contemporary Families to feature on its site.

Upcoming events

"A Piece of My Heart" Show

Saturday, November 18, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dwight Hall Auditorium 206 (DPAC), Dwight Hall Foyer

Organized by: Dept of Communications Arts

Manisha Sinha, The Slave's Cause: A New History of Abolition

Monday, November 20, 2017

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Heineman Ecumenical Center

Organized by: Arts & Ideas

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