Campus Currents

August 31, 2020

Raymond Santana kicks off this year's Arts & Ideas Series

The Return of Arts & Ideas

The Framingham State University Arts & Ideas program is back, and like much of the University's operation this fall, it will look different from most years. All our events this fall will be held virtually, with the hope that we can return to in-person events for our busy lineup in the spring. We are prepared, however, to hold every event virtually, so be sure to check out the complete schedule now to see our exciting new lineup!

The theme of this year's series is The Public Self - Citizen As Change Agent. In this election year, we are all re-examining our roles as citizens and agents of change in our society and the world. How can we best reflect on our rights and responsibilities, consider the situations of others, and work together toward a common good?

The series kicks off with a can't miss discussion with Raymond Santana, a member of the "Exonerated 5" on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. Register Here

Wrongfully accused and convicted of a heinous crime as a teenager, exonerated years later! Join Santana and a guest interviewer, and hear him share his thoughts and insights on the US Justice System and a first-hand account of being betrayed by this system.

For more information on the 2020-2021 Arts & Ideas Series visit:

Take A Live Virtual Tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Every year the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development's Office has coordinated an event to commemorate September 11, 2001.

This year, they have arranged a live virtual tour of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum for members of our community. These virtual tours are only given at noon, and Framingham State's is scheduled for noon, Friday, September 4.

You will be able to take panoramic views of the rebuilt World Trade Center as you discover the meaning behind the 9/11 Memorial, learn about what happened on 9/11, and consider how people selflessly responded in the aftermath of the attacks. Tours are live, interactive, and led by Museum staff using Zoom.

The tour is limited to 100. If you are interested, please RSVP to Alex Thibeault at The first 100 people who sign up will be provided with the Zoom link needed to join prior to the event.

Library Seeking Contributions to COVID-related Community Collecting Project

The Whittemore Library invites contributions from our campus community (students, faculty, staff and alumni) to capture the impact of the CoVID-19 pandemic on their lives. The library is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages submissions from all members of the university. We are interested in your life during the pandemic - the shift to remote instruction, your work from home, your work (if outside now) at off-campus jobs, the way you and your family and friends keep in touch, and more. It is a living collection and we seek more submissions during the 2020-2021 academic year. We are grateful to have included student submissions from the classes of faculty members Robert Krim and Leslie Starobin.

This online collection ( reflects the submissions from Framingham State University CoVID-19 Community Collecting Project:

IAFSA Announces Rolling Applications for No-Interest Loans

The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA) located at 42 Adams Road worked with the Ellen Hyde Loan committee to change the Ellen Hyde No-Interest Loan Application deadline. For the 2020/2021 academic year, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Eligible students may apply as needed. Previously applications were due in March for the Fall semester and November for the Spring semester. The Ellen Hyde committee became aware of several students unexpectedly losing their summer employment due to the Covid-19 crisis. The committee believes it is important to help students stay in college during these unprecedented times. Framingham State University students may borrow up to $2000 interest free. Please contact IAFSA for an application. or 508-872-9770.

Notable Accomplishments

-Professor Joanne Britland, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, recnetly had an article she wrote titled "New Voices and Creative Protest in Post-2008 Spain: María Folguera’s Los primeros días de Pompeya," accepted for publication at the Bulletin of Spanish Studies. The article explores how post-2008 Spanish cultural works have been a form of resistance that encourage social mobilization in response to the financial crisis.

-Professor Joseph M. Adelman from the History Department was recently interviewed by the Washington Post about Benjamin Franklin and what he would make of the Post Office mess. The article can be found at:

-Jennifer Larrivee, a VL in the Department of Food and Nutrition, recently shared this very timely article, whose authors include Jennifer and two Food and Nutrition alumni, Nicole Minnelli and Lisa Gibbs.

Oncology Dietitians Sound Alarm in Key Nutrition Needs of Cancer Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic:

-Professor John Palabiyik, director of the FSU Hospitality & Tourism Program, is working alongside professors from Boston College and Endicott College to track how COVID-19 is impacting the restaurant industry. Read the latest installment of the study here:

-President Javier Cevallos and Colleen Coffey, executive director of the MetroWest College Planning Collaborative, participated in a virtual panel discussion on "Creating Equity in Education in the Age of COVID: New Data on Early College," that was hosted by the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education on Wednesday, Aug. 26th.  

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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