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September 9, 2019

You Are Here

9/11 Anniversary Event - Free Screening of You Are Here

Join us on September 11th for a free screening of You Are Here - A Come from Away Story.

AMC 16, Framingham
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019
7 p.m. (A bus will department campus at 6:15 p.m.)

To register for your free tickets, visit

You Are Here - A Come From Away Story is an intimate feature documentary that goes deep into the community of Gander, Newfoundland where 38 airliners carrying over 6,500 passengers were forced to land after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The film pulls back the emotional layers surrounding the five days during which the community housed, fed and cared for the dislocated passengers (or the "come from aways" in Newfoundland parlance).

While their stories were the inspiration for the extraordinary Broadway hit musical, Come From
Away, the documentary, You Are Here, reveals first-hand accounts of the great kindnesses and energetic resourcefulness the community showed their unexpected guests. Their emotional and sometimes humorous story of compassion and generosity, born of a long history of rescuing and welcoming shipwrecked sailors, resonates with a legacy of healing and reconciliation for the world - especially for the survivors of those murdered on 9/11, and for the first-responders who lost their own lives saving others on that fateful day

Upcoming Arts & Ideas Events

Shakespeare to Hip Hop: A Performance
September 17, 2019 at 4:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Do. Not. Miss. It. Regie Gibson is a former National Poetry Slam Individual Champion, and Chicago Tribune Artist of the Year. Regularly featured on NPR, he has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. With a fresh, irreverent, and powerful message, he will now bring his poetic voice to FSU!

Arts & Community Series: Sunset Salsa at FSU
September 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. Crocker Grove (Rain Location: Dwight Performing Arts Center)

Grammy Award-winning timbalero, Eguie Castrillo and his 11-piece salsa band, return to Framingham State as part of Homecoming & Family Weekend! This promises to be another electrifying outdoor performance from a band that has entertained audiences across the globe. Don’t miss your chance to listen to this world-renowned percussionist live!

Midday Performances Kick-off Event: Porch Party Mamas
September 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Inspired by playing and singing one another's songs at their own "porch parties," these established Boston area musicians and singer/songwriters decided to combine their individual talents and create their own brand of Urban Folk, Country, and Blues. All are seasoned players, each with her own pervasive individual music persona and critical accolades. Among them, they have shared the stage with a distinguished litany of artists, including Willie Nelson, the Indigo Girls, and Lyle Lovett. Refreshments included!

Mazmanian Gallery Artist Reception - Katherine Behar: Backups

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Artist Talk: 2:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum
Artist Reception: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Mazmanian Gallery

The exhibit will be on display from September 3-25.

Learn more here.

Comm Arts Guest Lecturer: Singer and Filmmaker Jeanie Bryson

Professor Robert Johnson Jr. will host jazz singer and filmmaker Jeanie Bryson, daughter of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, in his class for a film screening and Q&A on her award-winning documentary called Sing You A Brand New Song: The Words and Music of Coleman Mellett.

Monday, Sept. 16, 2:30 p.m.

There is limited seating for members of the FSU community and the general public to attend this special event, which will take place in Professor Johnson's Documentary Filmmaking class in Whittemore Library.

Sing You A Brand New Song: The Words and Music of Coleman Mellett, is a new documentary that tells the story of a remarkable life cut too short, about a great talent and an endless love, and the world-class musicians who came together to ensure that his music and spirit would live on. On the night of February 12, 2009, 34 year old guitarist Coleman Mellett was one of the 50 people who lost their lives when Continental Flight 3407 crashed just outside Buffalo, New York. 

The documentary tells the story not only of what was lost on that night, but what was found. Mellett had been working in his home studio on a collection of original songs that showed another side to the musician and the man. His songwriting style, reminiscent of James Taylor and Michael Franks, came as a surprise to many who knew him only as an accomplished jazz guitarist. His words and music reflected his life and the people who meant the most to him, especially his wife, jazz vocalist Jeanie Bryson.

Sing You A Brand New Song was named Best Documentary Film at the New Jersey Film Festival. This is a special opportunity to hear directly from the filmmaker. 

This event is being co-sponsored by the Communication Arts and the Arts & Music departments.

Film Screening: One Day We Arrived in Japan

The Brazil Move Series Presents:

One Day We Arrived In Japan – A Documentary Film

Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

An intimate epic spanning 10 years and 10,000 miles, One Day We Arrived in Japan reveals how people’s dreams and expectations stand up to a grueling new reality on the other side of the world. Three Brazilian families leave their homeland in pursuit of a better life in Japan – what will happen to each of them? Over the past 25 years, hundreds of thousands of Brazilians of Japanese descent have gone to Japan. This unique documentary brings to light the gripping personal stories behind a major transnational phenomenon. Filmed in Brazil and Japan from 2006 to 2015. (USA). In Portuguese and Japanese, with English subtitles.

The directors Aaron Litvin and Ana Paula Hirano will host a Q&A after the screening. Brazilian refreshments will be served.

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Homecoming and Family Weekend is right around the corner with plenty of fun on tap for students, families, and FSU alumni.

Things kick off on Friday, Sept. 20th, with the Friends and Family Fest in the Maynard Parking lot at 4 p.m. featuring a pre-paid food truck menu for FSU students. The evening features Sunset Salsa at 7 p.m. in Crocker Grove (weather permitting) followed by the annual Moonlight Breakfast from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Dining Commons.

Highlights on Saturday, Sept. 21st, include the fRAMily Breakfast at 10:30 a.m. in the Dining Commons and the new Community Connections special interest programming taking place on and around campus. Make sure you visit the Homecoming & Family Weekend website for a complete list of events, details, and registration information.

Call for Volunteers at Annual Homecoming & Family Weekend Moonlight Breakfast

After you dance the night away at the salsa on Crocker Grover, join us for a volunteer experience which pays you in yummy food and good times!

A long-standing tradition at FSU, the Homecoming & Family Weekend Moonlight Breakfast Crew has faculty and staff from across campus serving our students during a late night breakfast. We are looking for you and your colleagues to join us in plating food, cleaning tables, and hanging out with students in the Dining Commons!

Friday, September 20 - report time is 8:30pm. Event runs 9-11pm.
Your 'shift' is over when the place is wiped down and clean!

Complete this volunteer form today! Due September 18.

Danforth School Fall Open House

Saturday, Sept. 14, 1 to 4 p.m.
Danforth Art at Framingham State University
14 Vernon Street, Framingham, MA, 3rd floor

Spend a few hours with us this fall in our beautiful studios right off the town center common. Meet some of the Danforth School's amazing instructors as they demonstrate their art and explain what you can learn in their classes.

Enjoy two really fun art-making activities for all ages in our studios and consider a visit to the incredible new exhibits at the Danforth Art Museum on Floor 2, which is open 12 - 5 p.m.

If you are interested in signing up for a class, registration is now open for adults, teens and children. Visit for more information.

Fall Classes now open for Registration
5% discount for museum members!
Sept 24- Nov 20
For adults:
New! Evening classes in Beginning drawing and beginning watercolor
evening life drawing open studio
Unique workshops with renown new England artists marky Kauffman, mia cross, merill comeau and nan hass Feldman
For teens:
Saturday classes in Fashion studies and portrait & figure studies
Afterschool classes in drawing, illustration and painting

For children:
Drawing, painting and mixed media classes in four age groups- afterschool and on Saturdays

For more information
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Study Abroad Fair

The annual Study Abroad Fair! Meet with study abroad program representatives, learn about faculty led tours, and financial aid to study abroad!

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum

Book Signing Event for Magnolias Don't Bloom in September

Thursday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m.
Alumni House, 42 Adams Road

Come to a special book signing for Magnolias Don't Bloom in September by Carol Lynn Luck, about life in the Deep South in 1970, integration, teaching, cultural clashes, friendships, and much more.

Meet and Greet Aemilia Ohop, the book's cover artist and FSU Student. This event is being put on by the Independent Association of Framigham State Alumni (IAFSA).

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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