Campus Currents

March 7, 2016

Historian Graham Peck

Historian and Filmmaker Graham Peck - Today!

Historian and filmmaker Graham Peck will visit Framingham State on March 7th and 8th. He will introduce, screen, and lead a discussion about his PBS documentary film Stephen A. Douglas and the Fate of American Democracy on Monday, March 7th at 4:30 p.m. in the Heineman Center.

Peck, a Professor of History at Saint Xavier University, will also hold a workshop with faculty on Tuesday March 8th at 1:15 p.m. in the President's Conference Room 2 (Athletic Center) on “Learning History by Making Documentary Film.” This will be a wonderful opportunity for engaging in discussion about the merits of filmmaking as a way of doing historical scholarship.

For more information, contact Dr. Ira Silver at

Charles Neville Performs at FSU Today!

Don't miss Charles Neville perform in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center today at 1:30 p.m.!

In the kingdom of New Orleans R&B music, the Neville Brothers are the undisputed, reigning royal family. Known for their blues-soaked, deep pocket grooves, their credits can be found on countless early classic and late contemporary recordings as both sidemen and leaders. Second born brother Charles Neville is a dynamic sax and flute player, percussionist, and singer. His band includes Tony Medeiros on guitar and vocal (Rick Danko, Chili Brothers); FSU’s own Bruce Mattson on Hammond B3, piano, and vocals (Gregg Allman Band, Chili Brothers); and an all-star rhythm section.

A Conversation on Free Speech

A special event titled "A Conversation on Free Speech: Exploring the Limits" is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum. Join us for this important discussion.

A/B DUO - Chips, Pipes | Bits, Bytes

Don't miss this truly unique performance on Thursday, March 10th, at 7 p.m. in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center!

Called "bouncy, strange and fun," A/B Duo marries the world of classical contemporary music with the goofy and glitchy soundscape of electronics and gaming. A/B Duo is Meerenai Shim (flutes/electronics) and Chris Jones (percussion).

For more information go to or contact Professor Christian Gentry at

Ninth Annual Children's Art Show and Fundraiser

The Centers for Early Childhood Education invite you to the Ninth Annual Children’s Art Show and Fundraiser on Thursday, March 10 in the McCarthy Center Forum.  Art created by the children from the Child Development Lab and Early Childhood Center will be on display from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and in the evening during the gala reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

The children took a field trip to the ceramics studio on campus to make “wish dishes” with Dr. Keri Straka. The children painted their dishes and then made a wish with a sparkling stone.  The “wish dishes” will be on display as well as art created by the children this year.

Please come to the art show and fundraiser during your lunch hour.  Raffle baskets and silent auction items will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Some of the baskets and silent auction items will include Red Sox tickets, local restaurant meals, New England Aquarium passes, and themed baskets for chocolate lovers, cooks and bakers, and children’s art fun. All proceeds benefit the children’s programs in the Centers for Early Childhood Education.

PDLS: Ancient Appetites

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.

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

Careers for World Language Majors/Minors

The Department of World Languages is organizing two sessions this week to discuss career advantages and job placement for students interested in a Major/Minor in World Languages. Faculty members will be present to answer questions, brochures with info, and lots to talk about.

Please stop by the Center for Inclusive Excellence at either of the times below:

Monday, March 7th from 1:30-2:20

Thursday, March 10th, from 4:30-5:20

We will have pizza + beverages!

Wanted: Foundation Facilitators

The Foundations program consists of an 8 week, common syllabus seminar in the fall semester only. In total, Facilitators work approximately four hours per week for their Foundations seminar and receive a stipend at the end of the semester. Each facilitator is also assigned a peer mentor to assist in the planning and implementation of course material. Interested parties please complete the following form.

Foundations Seminar – Interest Form for Facilitators

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.

Notable Accomplishments

-Dr. Erika Schneider from the Art and Music Department recently published a book chapter, “Shot through the Heart, the Woman is to Blame: Philip Leslie Hale Performs a Symbolist Game” in Locating American Art: Finding Art's Meaning in Museums, Colonial Period to the Present, ed. Cynthia Fowler, Ashgate Press, January 2016.  The focus of the essay is Hale's painting, Deianara, Wife of Heracles, Being Carried Off by the Centaur Nessus, c. 1897, in the Danforth Art Museum.  It is the first time the work has been reproduced in a publication.

-Charles Beck, professor emeritus of the Education Department at Framingham State, recently met with the fifth grade children at the Brophy Elementary School in Framingham and shared poetry and photographs from his new book - Fantasy Snow Formations: Poetry in a New England Garden, which was published by Mascot Books in 2016. The children enjoyed learning about his book and the teachers took away some great ideas about joining poetry to photography.

Upcoming events

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Monday, November 20, 2017

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Heineman Ecumenical Center

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