Duty and Disobedience Series

FALL 2017

Jeffrey S. Cramer, “Thoreau and the Duty of Civil Disobedience”
September 26, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center
Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience is the central text for all discussions that there are higher laws and moral principles to which every citizen of the world is obligated. In it he asks simply and directly, “Why has every man a conscience?” Explore with Jeffrey S. Cramer, one of the world’s leading Thoreau scholars, as he talks about Thoreau’s ideas and why they are needed today more than ever.

Chaar Yaar: Songs of Love and Resistance
October 5, 2017, 7 p.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center
In 2014, FSU hosted the Indian Sufi music group Chaar Yaar, a global sensation making their U.S. debut. Chaar Yaar is back in Fall 2017, bringing us the radical Sufi message of love and connection across differences. Sufi music is rooted deeply in the musical traditions of India, but able to extend to and embrace other musical cultures. The musicians of Chaar Yaar offer a transcendental experience that erases boundaries, including those between audience and performer.  

Pride Across Generations: LBGTQ+ Intergenerational Banquet
October 11, 2017, 5 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
In recognition of National Coming Out Day, FSU has partnered with BayPath Elder Services to plan an evening of dinner, dialogue, and entertainment to celebrate the varied journeys, lived experiences, and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community across all living generations. Join us as we acknowledge the efforts and strides of each generation to promote equity, challenge structural and systemic barriers to equality, and to simply live truthful and authentic lives.    

ADHD: Promise of a Healthy Diet
Registration Required - https://jillcastleatfsu.eventbrite.com  

October 12, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
What to eat and what not to eat…that is the question for children with ADHD. The evidence for a healthy diet is growing and may help children with ADHD, particularly with focus and attention, behavior, and overall nutritional status. Nutritionist and dietitian Jill Castle explores the current evidence for nutrient adequacy, food sensitivity and behavior, and optimizing nutritional status and growth through feeding strategies.

Poetry reading by Stephen Burt and Rachel Trousdale
October 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Alumni Room, McCarthy Center
Harvard University Professor Stephen Burt will read from a new poetry collection, Advice From the Lights, a brilliant and candid exploration of gender and identity. This collection includes poems about Stephen’s female self; poems on the poet’s early life; and versions of poems by the Greek poet Callimachus, whose present-day incarnation worries about mortality, the favor of the gods, and the career of Taylor Swift. Professor Rachel Trousdale of the English Department will also read her work.

Treating Mass Shootings for What They Really Are: Threats to American Security
October 26, 2017, 7 p.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center
Mass shootings now pose the single most credible threat to American security. And no place is immune. Why do people go on such deadly attacks? What makes these acts of violence a security threat? And what can be done to curb the carnage?  Join us for an evening with Dr. Louis Klarevas, author of Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings, as he answers these pressing questions and offers a way forward.

Manisha Sinha, “The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition”
November 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center
Manisha Sinha, Professor and James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in Early American History, University of Connecticut, reveals that abolition was a radical, interracial social movement. She extends the chronology of the movement from the classical pre-Civil War period to the revolutionary era and argues that slave resistance rather than bourgeois liberalism lay at the heart of abolition. She also situates the movement in a transnational context demonstrating how abolition overlapped and intersected with various progressive movements: feminism, utopian socialism, pacifism, and the fight for workingmen's and Native American rights.

FSU hosts a keynote speaker, teach-in, and closing event for the exhibition, Showing (work x family):
Showing (work x family) Exhibit:

Nov. 6 – Dec. 15, 2017
Mazmanian Gallery
Showing (work x family), a 28-foot, six-screen sound and image installation created by Berkeley, California’s Working Assumptions arts foundation, makes its national debut at FSU. The exhibition combines landmark commissioned photographs of pregnant women in the workplace, curated work by contemporary photographers who reveal the interplay between work and family, and inspiring imagery by high school photography students who undertook wrkxfmly, the project’s original photography assignment brought to over 50 schools nationally.

Picture Imperfect: Photography of the work x family equation
November 7, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center
Attend the exhibition opening and talk by Jane Gottesman. Showing (work x family) is the vision of Gottesman, whose previous work includes Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like? Photography, she contends, allows us to discuss our shared humanity and facilitates transformation. She believes that through photography we can begin to understand the profound puzzles of work and family life. The exhibition starts with looking, but is more: it is a point of engagement for dialogue and action about work and family issues.

Talking Back to Showing (work x family)
December 6, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center
As the inaugural activity of FSU’s #ThisisHumanities, the community talks back to Showing (work x family) in several ways. Dr. Virginia Rutter hosts a panel of FSU faculty from science, humanities, and behavioral and social science, followed by a dialogue and town hall meeting. A poster session will share the work of students from over 40 classes and ten disciplines who participated in the FSU family diversity and change teach-in, which will occur in November. The family diversity and change teach-in invites students and faculty to discover unique disciplinary connections to the topic. This builds on FSU’s unique adaptation of the teach-in in recent years.


Being Queer and Muslim in the Trump Era
January 30, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center
Faisal Alam is a queer-identified Muslim activist, speaker, and writer of Pakistani descent as well as the founder of Al-Fatiha, an international organization for LGBTIQ Muslims and allies. Using his own life experience, and by exploring the complex history of the Islamic world, Faisal sheds light onto the lives of an often invisible community: queer Muslims. His work highlights many challenges facing sexual minorities within the Muslim world and the escalating Islamophobia in the United States.

Rewarding Disobedience:  A Talk by Ethan Zuckerman
February 7, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum
As Director of the Center for Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ethan Zuckerman helped create the Disobedience Award, a $250,000 cash prize awarded to a person or group who has made a positive difference through ethical disobedience.  New ideas are often uncomfortable ideas, and the Disobedience Award rewards rebels, free thinkers, innovators, and disrupters for breaking established rules, speaking truth to power, and envisioning the unimaginable.  

A Jazz Musician Walks into a Comic Book Shop: Dave Chisholm’s Instrumental
March 1, 2018, 7 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center
Composer, performer, and graphic novelist Dave Chisholm presents an evening of performing and discussing how the worlds of jazz music and graphic novels intersect in his latest graphic novel+album Instrumental. Through this unique event open to the public, Chisholm discusses his creative process as a vibrant interaction between the visual and musical with the art of storytelling at its core.  

Inaugural Olivia A. Davidson, Voices of Color Lecture Series: Angie Thomas
April 2, 2018, 7 p.m.
Dwight Performing Arts Center
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.