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April 1, 2019

MK Asante

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:

Ashley Farmer: The Black Women Intellectuals and Activists Who Revolutionized Black Power

Thursday, April 18, 2019
4:30 PM 6:30 PM
McCarthy Center Forum

Drawing on a vast array of black women's artwork, political cartoons, manifestos, and political essays that they produced as members of groups, such as the Black Panther Party, founded in 1966, and the Congress of African People, founded in 1970, Farmer’s talk shows how black women activists reimagined black womanhood, challenged sexism, and redefined the meaning of race, gender, identity, and Black Power.

Celebrating Nature through Apparel Design: A Tribute to the Oregon Coast

Exhibit dates: April 22-May 10, 2019
Artist talk on April 22 at 1:30 p.m., reception at 4:30 p.m.
Henry Whittemore Library

A Tribute to the Oregon Coast is a series of original garments created by FSU professor Laura Kane. The series focuses on utilizing innovative material applications, exploring emergent digital technologies, and implementing non-traditional apparel patternmaking techniques to celebrate unique natural phenomena found on the Oregon Coast.

Science on State Street

Saturday, April 27
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Challenge your perceptions, Explore the world around you, and Discover something amazing!

This year’s festival will feature more science-based, curiosity-fueled fun than ever before, including more than 50 interactive exhibits, and lots of free shows in the FSU Planetarium.

Be sure to join us for the keynote presentation, a fascinating topic just in time for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing:

Moon Race: The U.S.-Soviet Competition to Put a Human on the Moon
Dr. Jonathan McDowell, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum, Framingham State University

In 1957, the first Sputnik propelled the USSR to leadership in space. Shocked, America mobilized to demonstrate its technology surpassed Russia’s – a furious, decade-long race ensued. But, it wasn’t obvious until the finish line that Neil Armstrong, and not Alexei Leonov, would be first to walk on another world. Join Dr. McDowell in an exciting review of the events that marked a pivotal moment in history.

Learn more at:

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 – 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

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

-Dr. Virginia Rutter from the Sociology Department was recently quoted in an article on "The Rise of the Mom-Shaming Resistance," in Elle magazine. A link to the article can be found here:

-Dr. Rachel Trousdale’s poem, “The Second Baby Explains the Unthinkable,” has just been published in The Nation. Here’s a link:

-Bernard Horn, Professor of English emeritus, has two poems in the current issue of Mad River Review.

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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