Campus Currents

March 21, 2016

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PDLS: Ancient Appetites - TODAY!

The next event in the President's Distinguished Lecture Series is scheduled for Monday, March 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum. The event is called "Ancient Appetites: What our Ancient Ancestors Really Ate and How We Know."

Dr. Briana Pobiner from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History discusses facts, fallacies, and fantasies in our understanding of prehistoric diet. Using a variety of lines of evidence including early human, animal, and plant fossils, ancient stone tools, and living human and chimpanzee diets, she examines significant changes in the evolution of human diets and discusses what makes human meat-eating unique.

Brian Laidlaw - Troubador Poet

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

Poet-songwriter Brian Laidlaw reads and performs material from his recent releases, AMORATORIUM (Paper Darts Press, 2014) and THE STUNTMAN (Milkweed Editions, 2015), each of which includes a collection of poems and a companion album of music. An open Q&A, and informal discussion of the changing meaning of the term "lyric," will follow the performance.

Honors Program Lecture: Chris Walsh

The Annual Honors Program Lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 30, at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Room and feature a talk from State Rep. Chris Walsh.

Representative Walsh is in his third term in the State Legislature and is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Transportation Committee, Financial Service Committee and Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Service. He has been a practicing architect in Framingham for more than 25 years and is the only registered architect to serve in the legislature since the late 1800s. The title of the talk is “Criticism, Creativity and Community.”

Alpha Upsilon Alpha Speaker Dr. Connie Hebert

The FSU community is invited to attend a special lecture sponsored by Alpha Upsilon Alpha with literacy consultant and Framingham State alumna Dr. Connie Hebert. The title of the lecture is "Thinking AS They Read: What Do Struggling Readers Need?"

The event will take place on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum.

Alpha Upsilon Alpha is the Honor Society of the International Literacy Association. If you have questions about the event, contact Dr. Diane Lowe at

Spring Authors and Artists Series

The Spring Authors and Artists Series is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, and will feature works from Professors Ericka Schneider and Timothy McDonald.

Timothy McDonald: …From Dream to Dream

Professor McDonald will discuss his collage-based paintings that incorporate photographs taken while walking in mountains, woodlands, and wetlands.

Erika Schneider: The Representation of the Struggling Artist in America, 1800-1865

Professor Schneider will discuss her new book, which analyzes how American painters, sculptors, and writers depicted their response to a democratic society that failed to adequately support them financial and intellectually during the period from 1800-1865.

Gregory O'Malley "Beyond the Middle Passage"

A special lecture with Gregory O’Malley entitled, “Beyond the Middle Passage: Slave Trading from the Caribbean to North America, 1619-1807” is scheduled for Thursday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center.

Few Americans are aware that hundreds of thousands of enslaved survivors of the Middle Passage were forced to endure additional journeys after crossing the Atlantic.  These forced intra-American migrations of several hundred thousand enslaved people have profound implications for understanding commerce, the British Empire, and the development of American slavery and American society.  O’Malley will discuss, among other topics, colonial New Englanders’ roles as both traders and purchasers of slaves.

Check out this link to learn more about the event:

PDLS: Beyond the Overview Effect

The final event in the President's Distinguished Lecture Series is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum, featuring author Frank White and NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott. This special panel discussion entitled "Beyond the Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution" will also feature Dr. Vandana Singh and Rebecca Hawk from Framingham State and Debra Wise, the Artistic Director of Catalyst Collaborative at MIT. 

We stand on the edge of an infinite frontier, preparing to explore the solar system. It is like the moment when Americans began moving West. What if more thought had been given to settling that frontier? Seeing the Earth from a distance — the “Overview Effect” — offers a unifying symbol, but will that unity persist? Frank White, author of The Overview Effect, will facilitate a panel discussion addressing these critical questions.

Faculty Fundraiser: FSU Going Back to Guatemala

The following is from Professor Pam Ludemann:

FSU volunteers are head to Guatemala in just two months.  Via an ex-Pat, I have added a new service opportunity for my 12 student travelers (plus three).  Post-home construction weeks, some of the students may decide to work in a small community, El Hato, just north of Antigua. These small communities get very little government money, have nothing to attract tourists, and receive minimal charitable help.  My contact is setting up an organized means for us to distribute the many sneakers and clothing bundles we will be packing to the 260 children of this town. The school also needs supplies, as well as help with teaching English (this is a Spanish only town!).

Please consider donating:
•    to our GoFundMe site (
•    to From House to Homes to help us cover the $7,000 construction fees ($1,500 still needed; this is a 501(c)(3) US charity) – please note “Ludemann-FSU Volunteers” in the memo box so we are credited ( Or make checks out to FHTH and I will mail periodically
•    to our clothing collection barrels in Crocker – children’s sizes only.  

We are also having a yard sale on May 5-6 to raise money for purchases in Guatemala.  We are happy to take anything sellable! Spring cleaning time. Left-overs will be brought to Savers.  Thank you for all support.  Pam Ludemann – 209 Crocker;

Spring Job and Internship Fair

Thursday, March 31, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., MC Forum

Full-time and internship positions - over 55 local and regional employers registered. Open to all students and alumni - dress professionally and bring resumes.

Log onto your Ramtrack account to view a full list of organization. Sponsored by the Career Services and Employer Relations Office.

World Premiere of Student Film

The Communication Arts Department is proud to present the world premiere screening of the feature film, Consumer Beware, produced entirely by four students during a Fall 2015 COMM490 Independent Study course. Please join us at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum on Thursday, March 24th to see the film and meet the creators in person.

The four students are: Avarie Cook, Zach Benard, Anthony Martel and John McNeil.

Notable Accomplishments

-A new documentary by Professor Robert Johnson, Jr. of the Communication Arts Department has just been released.  "Other People's Footage: Copyright & Fair Use" examines the controversy surrounding when and how works of art, films, photographs, voice, sounds and music can be used in new works without paying fees or obtaining permission. The 75-minute film includes 19 interviews with noted documentarians, film and legal experts.  (The film was funded in part through an IndieGoGo campaign. The fiscal sponsor is the International Documentary Association.)

-Dr. Kristin Comment has been appointed to the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth.  Dr. Comment teaches English at Belmont High School, where she co-advises the Gay Straight Alliance.  She has been a Visiting Lecturer in the English Department since 2001.

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