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March 25, 2019

Boston Playwright and Actor Melinda Lopez

An Evening of Dramatic Readings and Conversations with Melinda Lopez

March 26, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center

Melinda Lopez will read from her award winning play Mala, will preview her new translation/adaptation of Lorca’s Yerma, which will premiere in May at the Huntington Theatre Company, and read from her work-in-progress, Mariel, a modern day immigration drama set against the backdrop of the 1980 Mariel Boatlift, when 125,000 Cubans arrived over one summer and transformed the United States forever. Lopez, a first generation American born to Cuban parents, draws on her heritage to create complex and moving American stories.

For more information, please contact Kate Caffrey via email at

Midday Performances: New Inca Son

New Inca Son

March 25, 2019
Pan Flute workshop: 11:30 a.m.
Performance: 1:30 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

The splendor of Andean folklore comes alive with New Inca Son. The group has performed its ancient melodies and dances in such diverse places as Red Square in Moscow, historic Teatro dal Verme in Milan and the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Space Hero or Nazi Villain? The Life of Wernher von Braun

Thursday, March 28, 2019
7 p.m. 9 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
Part of the Moon Landing in Context Series

Speaker: Dr. Michael Neufeld, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Few figures in the history of technology provoke a reaction as quickly as Wernher von Braun. The rocket scientist was a card-carrying Nazi who built the world's first ballistic missile with slave labor from concentration camps. As the war wound down, he surrendered to the Americans who took his rocket-building team and his talents to the United States, along with hundreds of Nazi scientists, engineers and technicians under the auspices of “Operation Paperclip”. In the United States he first designed weapons and eventually was in charge to develop the epic Saturn V rocket that sent six sets of Apollo astronauts to the moon. In between, he managed, through charm, wit and undeniable genius, to become a charismatic spokesman for space travel in America.

The speaker is Dr. Michael Neufeld, from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Neufeld’s careful research provides a view of von Braun as a man like Goethe's Faust, who "uses his infernal powers to build great engineering works for what he believes to be the betterment of mankind." Faust mistreats his workers and inadvertently kills people in his way, but he feels no guilt, because "he cannot accept personal responsibility."

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.
For more information visit:

Facilitated by: Dr. Jon Huibregtse
Sponsored by: Framingham State University Arts & Ideas Program.

Spring Lyceum Lecture: Luis Rosero

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Alumni Room, 5-7 p.m.

Is your piggy bank too big? International Reserve Accumulation in Latin America

Like most emerging economies, Latin American countries have accumulated large sums of international reserves over the last few decades. These reserves are typically seen in the literature as serving a precautionary motive—a liquidity buffer against unforeseen changes in the international trade and financial flows to the country. These resources, however, do not come cheap. In this lecture, Dr. Rosero will summarize some of his recent research findings on the effectiveness of international reserve accumulation as a method for promoting macroeconomic stability, as well as potential implications for regional integration in Latin America.

Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture Series: MK Asante

Don't miss the Olivia A. Davidson Voices of Color Lecture Series with bestselling author and filmmaker MK Asante!

Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m.
Register at:

MK Asante is the best-selling author of Buck: A Memoir, an award-winning filmmaker, recording artist, and professor whom the Los Angeles Times calls “One of America’s best storytellers”. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Center for Inclusive Excellence, the Arts & Ideas Committee, the Dean of Students Office, the Council for Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement. Free and open to the public.

Defining Hate Crimes on College Campuses

Monday, April 1, 4:30 p.m.
Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination.They recently partnered with the Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD) Fund to conduct a study to better understand what is unfolding on college and university campuses; this study provides insight into the prevalence of hate and bias incidents on campuses.

In this presentation, they will discuss:

-The context of the increase in hate incidents across the country and the parallel increase in hate incidents on college campuses.

-What hate looks like, the affect that hate has on targeted communities (including the effect on the broader campus community).

-Define the differences between hate incidents and hate crimes.

-Provide an overview of federal and Massachusetts state hate crime laws, and what you should do if you experience hate.

World Culture Community Collecting Event

Friday, April 5, 6 to 9 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum

Dear RAMS,

Come share personal artifacts from your culture or the wonderful places you have visited.
Bring up to three items to be photographed or scanned by the Library digitization team. Some ideas for you to bring: photographs, letters, postcards, clothing from your culture, and family recipes. The images we capture at the event will be archived and showcased in the Framingham State digital repository.

Also at the event are exciting performers and amazing photography on display:

· Josée Vachon-Cevallos, French Canadian folk singer
· Indian instrumental musical performance, an Indian classical dance in Kathak style, and an Indian classical dance in Kuchipudi style
· Brazilian Forro music and dance

Photographs of India by Professor Robert Alter and Nada Shaaban, a senior in Communication Arts, will be exhibited along with photographs from students in the following classes:
· Basic Photography, Professor Ashley McDowell
· Basic Photography, Honor’s Section, Professor Leslie Starobin
· Photojournalism, Professor Leslie Starobin

Miriam Levine Reading: Poet Chen Chen

Thursday, April 4, 4:30 p.m.
Heinemen Ecumenical Center

Join us for the annual Miriam Levine Reading, this year featuring author and poet Chen Chen.

Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which won the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize, Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and the GLCA New Writers Award. Longlisted for the National Book Award, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and was named one of the best of 2017 by The Brooklyn Rail, Entropy, Library Journal, and others.

His work has appeared in many publications, including Poetry, Tin House, Poem-a-Day, The Best American Poetry, Bettering American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Recently, his work has been translated into French, Greek, Spanish, and Russian. Poets & Writers Magazine featured him in their Inspiration Issue as one of “Ten Poets Who Will Change the World.” He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Saltonstall Foundation.

Chen earned his MFA from Syracuse University and is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing as an off-site Texas Tech University student. He lives in frequently snowy Rochester, NY with his partner, Jeff Gilbert and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles.

Chen is the 2018-2020 Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University.

“All the World’s a Stage”: Cosmographical Contemplation in Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Please join the FSU English Department’s Dr. Kristen Abbott Bennett for a lecture and discussion:

“All the World’s a Stage”: Cosmographical Contemplation in Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Featuring performances by members of The Hilltop Players, plus a virtual journey to the edge of the known universe and back to earth!

Wednesday April 10, 2019
4:30 – 6:00 PM
Framingham State University Planetarium
O’Connor Hall

For more information, please contact Prof. Bennett at:

Save the Date: FSU Food Study Science Symposium

Please save the date for a special science symposium where research performed by faculty and students in connection to the Framingham State Food Study will be presented to the community!

Thursday, April 25
4-6:30 p.m.

Presentations will include:

What Did We Learn from the Framingham State Food Study?
Cara B. Ebbeling, PhD, MS
Principal Investigator, Framingham State Food Study
Co-Director New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

Effects of a Low-Carbohydrate Diet on the Lipoprotein Insulin Resistance Index and Other Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease
Ann Johnson, PhD, MBA, RD, LD
Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition, Framingham State University

Effects of Diets Varying in Carbohydrate on Cognitive Performance
Ruth Remington, PhD, AGPCNP-BC
Professor, Nursing, Framingham State University
Susan M. Mullaney, EdD, RN, CNE
Professor/Chair, Nursing, Framingham State University
Cynthia Francis Bechtel, PhD, RN, CNE
Professor, Nursing, Framingham State University

Weight Diet Influences on Dietary Compliance and Stress
Andrea Gorman, PhD, MS, RD, LDN
Assistant Professor/Director, Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Food and Nutrition, Framingham State University
Charles J. Sachs, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychology and Philosophy, Framingham State University

The Academia/Industry Partnership
Ralph Eddy, Director Dining Services/Sodexo, Framingham State University
Julia Wong, PhD, RD, (FS)2 Associate Study Director
Megan Sandman, MS, RD, (FS)2 Clinical Nutrition Research Coordinator
Lauren Holmes, RD, (FS)2 Kitchen Production Leader
New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

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:

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!

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

9:00 a.m.—Noon: Rove Pest Control & 2020 Census
12 —3:00 p.m.: Abercrombie & Fitch and Housing Management Resources
3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.: The Recruiting Process

9 a.m. to Noon: Booster
Noon – 3:00 p.m.: The Leap School & Camp Cody

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

-Professor Carl Hakansson has been recognized with the Educator of the Year Award by the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissioners. "Carl Hakansson has experienced a lifetime of successful environmental and community achievements as an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Geography at Framingham State University (FSU), a long time Commissioner, Selectman, Green Community and Warren Woods Stewardship Committee member, and Environmental and Land Use Attorney," the organization wrote. "Carl is a dynamic leader, educator, and inspiration to his students and the general public."

-Professor of Art History Erika Schneider of the Art & Music Department presented a paper, “Performing Nostalgia in Wood Type: Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Posters” at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference, in Kansas City, MO, on March 8, 2019. The panel members examined Buffalo Bill's Wild West through multiple disciplines including art, theatre, history, and film. 

-Dr. Rachel Trousdale’s article, “The Right to Smile: Humor and Empathy in Prufrock and Other Observations,” was just published in the 2019 issue of the T. S. Eliot Studies Annual.

-State Auditor Suzanne Bump on Friday swore in Framingham State Accounting Professor and Certified Public Accountant Frances Skypeck to serve a three-year term on the eight-member Inspector General Council. Professor Skypeck also advises early stage biotechnology and software technology companies and was director of tax and compliance for the University of Massachusetts from 2014 to 2016 and worked as a consultant to NetCracker Technology Corporation in Waltham from 2011 to 2014. The council meets quarterly with the inspector general.

Upcoming events

Regenerative Agricultural Business Practices to Domestic Plants for Responsible Products with Mario Garcia Quesada

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Organized by: Dept of Biology, McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

Spanish: Regenerative Agricultural Business Practices to Domestic Plants for Responsible Products, Mario Garcia Quesada

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Organized by: Dept of Biology, McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

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