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April 2, 2018

Angie Thomas Speaks in DPAC Tonight

Inaugural Olivia A. Davidson, Voices of Color Lecture Series: Angie Thomas

April 2, 2018, 7 p.m. - TONIGHT
Dwight Performing Arts Center

Registration sold out. A number of seats have been reserved for FSU students. Go early!

Angie Thomas is the bestselling author of young-adult novel The Hate U Give. A relevant and perfectly timed piece which highlights the stark socio-political and racial atmosphere in America today. Inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, she addresses police violence, racism, and activism through the lens of a teenage girl. The book is in the works to be made into a movie

Midday Performance Series: Transient Canvas

Don't miss the final Midday Performance of the Academic year:

April 9, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Amy Advocat and Matt Sharrock have been blazing their own trail as the bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas since 2011. At FSU, the duo will present Wired, a portrait of technology’s integration into modern life. As people try to emulate computers and we build computers that emulate people, the question of who is controlling whom becomes ambiguous.

Screening of The Big Lebowski

April 9, 2018, 7 p.m.
North Hall Commons Room

The Big Lebowski (directed by Joel and Ethan Coen in 1998) epitomizes anti-authoritarian disobedience.  The film satirizes the American Dream, the class system, militarism, and Reagan-era economics.  At its center is Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an irreverent slacker who gets pulled into the criminal world and upper-class corruption due to a case of mistaken identity.  Along with two friends, he attempts to stand up for his rights as a "little man" against powerful social forces. With its anti-authoritarian perspective and its unconventional cinematic style, The Big Lebowski showcases the power of film art. English Professor Claudia Springer will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward about the film's view of disobedience.  

Zero-Tolerance Policing and the Criminalization of the Urban Poor in Turkey

North Hall Commons, Thursday, April 5, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In response to a growing panic about escalating urban crime, the Izmir Police Department (Turkey) launched a proactive strategy in 2006 to address the city's "crime problem" which entailed profiling and criminalization of ethno-racially differentiated urban poor populations, especially the Kurdish youth. In her talk, Dr. Zeynep Gonen from the department of Sociology will discuss these policing strategies, drawing parallels to the NYPD's zero-tolerance policing strategies during the Rudy Giuliani era, as a reflection of the penal/security state formation around the globe.

Weeding Through the Myths: Marijuana in Massachusetts

Weeding through the Myths: Marijuana in Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 4
McCarthy Center Forum
Noon to 2 p.m.

Weeding through the myths is a visual display of marijuana and the new industry that is arriving in Massachusetts. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to come view the different tables with information about new laws, products, and paraphernalia.

Hilltop Players Performance: Pandora's Mirror

Join the Hilltop Players for the first student-written show in Hilltop History:

Pandora's Mirror, written by Daniel Regnier

Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in DPAC
Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in DPAC
Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. in DPAC

“She was dying before it was cool…”

Eighteen-year-old Percy must finally decide what his career after high school will be, however he cannot seem to find a single path that in any way feels interesting or important. Luckily he has his debatably sane friend Pandora (plus her magic mirror) to help him find his true calling. Surely she, who is happier than anyone else Percy has ever known, will be able to help him find a way to give his future meaning again.

After all, who better to give life-altering-advice than a girl with six months to live?

Spring Lyceum Speaker: Richard Beckwitt

Join us for the Spring Lyceum Lecture by Biology Professor Richard Beckwitt:

Thursday, April 12, 2018
5 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum

Genetic variation in white-tailed deer from Nantucket, MA: Was the population founded by three individuals?

White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus, the common deer of eastern North America, currently number approximately 2-3000 on Nantucket Island. Although white-tailed deer remains are known from Wampanoag archeological sites on the island, few or no deer were noted by the beginning of the 20th century. In 1922 a single male deer was found swimming in Nantucket sound and brought ashore by island residents.  After a few years people on the island imported 2 female deer from Michigan as companions for the buck that was brought ashore.  This scenario implies that the thousands of deer on Nantucket are descended from these three original animals. This known history of a population is a unique situation where studies on wild vertebrate genetic bottlenecks and founder effect can be conducted.  My research students and I have been looking at patterns of genetic variation in deer from Nantucket, as well as deer from surrounding mainland areas, including Michigan.  Although preliminary results do support the hypothesis the many of the deer on Nantucket are descendants of deer from Michigan, there is evidence that some of the deer on the island are from ancestors on the New England mainland. 

English Department Events

There are two big events within the English Department happening this month:

Miriam Levine Reading: Novelist Kelly Ford
Heineman Ecumenical Center
Tuesday, April 3
4:30 p.m.

Novelist Kelly Ford will read from her new book, Cottonmouths.

Student Literary Awards Ceremony
Heineman Ecumenical Center
Thursday, April 19
4:30 p.m.

Join us for the annual Student Literary Awards Ceremony.

April Bakealong at FSU

The next FSU Bakealong is scheduled for Friday, April 13, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Hemenway Hall 209.

All ingredients and advice will be provided for making a classic yet easy whole wheat bread and the group will demo King Arthur's March bakealong recipe for Gruyere-Stuffed Crusty Loaves.

To reserve a spot, e-mail Sponsored by the Food and Nutrition Department.

Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientific Revolution

Thursday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.

This feature length documentary presents a portrait of the great scientist and teacher Lynn Margulis who was at the helm of a significant paradigm shift in biology that affects how we look at ourselves, evolution, and planet Earth.  More than a biography of a great scientist, more than a look at the history and politics of science, and more than an explanation of current scientific theories, this documentary offers a coherent look at a contemporary paradigm shift that affects decisions we make on a daily basis about health, nutrition and the environment.  The revolution it describes is as important and far-reaching as those of Copernicus and Darwin.  Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the film's director, John Feldman and Lynn Margulis' son and long-time writing partner, Dorion Sagan.

Science on State Street

Saturday, April 21, 2018
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Don't miss the 4th Annual Science on State Street event! This year's science festival will feature:

-Lot of interactive exhibits
-Free planetarium shows
-Dynamic STEM presentations
-Fun for kids, teens and adults
-Plenty of free parking
-Food available for purchase

Learn more at

Exploring Mars' Past with Dr. John Grant

Saturday, April 21, 2018, Noon

This year's Science on State Street festival features a special talk with Dr. John Grant from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Exploring Mars' Past, the epic journey of the Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity Rovers.

Dr. Grant brings his passion for Mars geologic history, and 14 years of exploration and discovery as a member of the Mars rover science teams, to the Science on State Street festival stage.

Learn more at:

Nursing Department Health Fair

The students in the Nursing Department will be holding a health fair for the members of the Callahan Senior Center on Tuesday, April 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Hemenway Hall 319, and invite faculty and staff to attend. Students will offer health information, health screenings and healthy snacks. The new shingles vaccine will be available to participants age 50 and above through Walgreens.

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!


Noon to 3 p.m.: U.S. Army and Renewal by Anderson
3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.: The Bridge of Central Mass. & Work Opportunities Unlimited


9:00 a.m.—Noon:
Noon—3:00 p.m.: Walker and Caviccio Greenhouses, Inc


9:00 a.m. – Noon: Robert Half Staffing
Noon - 3 p.m.: RCS Learning


9:00 a.m.—Noon: Santander
Noon– 6:00 p.m.: MetroWest YMCA Career Day

MERC Education Fair

Thursday, April 19,  9:30 a.m.- 3:30 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.

Register at:

Free transportation leaving FSU at 9 AM and leaving from BU at 2 PM to return to FSU. Transportation pre-registration required. Call the CSER Office at 508-626-4625.

On Campus Interviews Week – April 23 through April 27, 2018, MC514

Monday, April 23: TBA
Tuesday, April 24: Securitas 10: 00 a.m.— Noon
Wednesday, April 25: Santander 12:30 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 26: TBA
Friday, April 27: TBA

Pre-Registration is required through the CSER Office. Call 508-626-4625 for more information.

Notable Accomplishments

-On Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m., Professor Patricia Horvath and Professor Sam Witt from the English Department will be reading from their work at the Barnes and Noble in Natick, 1 Worcester Road, Shopper's World, Framingham.

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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