Past Events

Fall 2020 Events

Raymond Santana: From Central Park 5 to Exonerated 5
September 17, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

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

Building a Civic Community - Unraveling the Truth: Fake News and the Election
October 19, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.

What is Fake News? How can you tell what you are reading is not false information and what is a trusted news source? How does this relate to the upcoming presidential election and how you make your voting decisions? Journalist Emily Sweeney from the Boston Globe and Professor Laura Saunders from Simmons University will address these issues. Moderator: Sandra Rothenberg is Senior Librarian and Coordinator of Library Instruction at Framingham State University.

Building a Civic Community - Democracy in Crisis
October 27, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Dr. John Ambacher, Professor Emeritus of Framingham State University, will present on the current state of democracy. Dr. Ambacher argues that America was in crisis well before the presidential election of 2016. The crisis centered on the state of our democracy itself. A representative democracy should guarantee that every citizen has equal worth. That can only be accomplished if every citizen is guaranteed an equal freedom to vote. This is no longer the case. Dr. Ambacher will explore how we arrived at this state of affairs and what we can do to restore a representative democracy.

The Arthur Nolletti Jr. Film Series: "Just Mercy"
November 9th, 2020 7-10 p.m.

Just Mercy (2019) is an unforgettable story about Bryan Stevenson, a young African American lawyer challenging the Alabama legal system over its wrongful conviction of an innocent man sentenced to death. Based on a true story with phenomenal performances by Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, this is a must-see.

Lecture by Leslie Starobin: Looming in the Shadows of Łódź
November 10, 2020, 4:30-6 p.m.

Professor Leslie Starobin of the Art and Music Department will share her on-going project, “Looming in the Shadows of Łódź.” Please come witness the route back to the Łódź Ghetto, the last in Poland to be ‘cleansed’ of its Jews by the Nazis. Her work weaves together film clips, photographs, and oral history narratives to reveal how memories and stories of the Shoah affect multiple generations of one family. Notably, the cinematographer, Ori Segev, is the grandson of Holocaust survivors. This event will be moderated by Professor of History Lori Gemeiner Bihler. (credit to Framingham Cultural Council, FSU CELTSS, and FSU CDI)