Events Calendar / Lectures

No Short Climb: ‘Race Workers’ and America’s Defense Technology thumbnail Photo

No Short Climb: ‘Race Workers’ and America’s Defense Technology

Framingham State University Professor Robert Johnson, Jr. will screen his documentary film “No Short Climb,” and will discuss the contributions made to science and technology by African-Americans prior to and during WWII. This documentary brings to light this previously unknown story and the important role of these African-American scientists and technicians in the technological success of WWII.

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Vacation Week Secrets of the Super Heroes

Question: What’s the difference between Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, and Captain Marvel? And where does Captain Marvel Jr. fit in?  Find out this and much more by attending this super event hosted by Marvel freelancer and Framingham Public Library employee Dana Perkins! SHAZAM!

Ages 6-106!

Back to Basics: User’s Manual for the U.S. Six Part Series with Paul Fideler thumbnail Photo

Back to Basics: User’s Manual for the U.S. Six Part Series with Paul Fideler

Are you thinking that America’s political discourses have become too shallow, too partisan, too angry? If so, perhaps it’s time that you step back and reacquaint yourself with the user’s manual for the U.S.—its founding documents, the philosophies and practicality they embodied and the compelling humans who authored them. The convener for this effort will be Paul Fideler, Professor Emeritus of History & Humanities at Lesley University.

Please contact Paul for more information and to register for this course at pfideler@lesley.edu.

Class size is limited and registration is required.

Mondays October 29, November 26, December 17, January 14, February 25 and March 11, 7-8:30pm

Lifelong Learning Lectures: Black Writers and Boston Publishing – At the Turn of the 20th Century thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning Lectures: Black Writers and Boston Publishing – At the Turn of the 20th Century

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Lucas Dietrich, Visiting Lecturer, Framingham State University


African American literature was just beginning to attract national attention. Black writers published their work for a predominantly white audience. This talk explores two important authors, W.E.B. DuBois and Charles W. Chesnutt, who were both published by Boston’s Houghton Mifflin & Co.

Please note location change: This event will take place at the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room.

Brown Bag Learning Series:  Understanding the Opioid Epidemic (at McAuliffe Branch Library) thumbnail Photo

Brown Bag Learning Series:  Understanding the Opioid Epidemic (at McAuliffe Branch Library)

Over the past decade, opioid misuse has risen to an epidemic level in the United States. Opioid overdose is now the leading cause of death for those under 50, surpassing motor vehicle accidents and firearms.  Massachusetts has been hit particularly hard, and no community has been immune to the devastating consequences of this public health crisis. This foundational workshop will provide an overview of the opioid epidemic.  Attendees will gain an understanding of the disease of addiction, how opioids work, the local impact, and learn about the important role that individuals have in helping to reduce the risk of substance misuse in their community.
 

Presented by Kelly E. Joseph:

Kelly Joseph, MS currently works as a Program Coordinator for the Framingham Health Department where she manages the MetroWest cluster of the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) – a Department of Public Health funded grant serving the communities of Framingham, Ashland, Hudson and Natick. In this role, Kelly leads a coalition and oversees the implementation of regional programs and initiatives aimed at preventing opioid misuse and fatalities.

Entrepreneur Workshop

Do you have a great idea for a small business or startup? Do you own a small business that you’d like to see grow? This workshop is for you! Learn the key steps and activities necessary to bring your dream idea to life with start-up veteran and Framingham State professor Mark Hardie. Please register for this program by emailing lkilburn@minlib.net or call 508-532-5570, x4357.

About Mark Hardie, Workshop Leader:
Mark Hardie is a serial entrepreneur and start-up veteran with a passion for innovation. The FSU Innovation Center’s hybrid model is similar to a startup incubator concept Mark developed and pitched to area venture capital investors. The son of two teachers, he has taught and lectured on technology issues at Harvard, MIT, University of Virginia, and University of Hartford. He is a career-long mentor at the MIT Sloan School and currently a Career Coach at Harvard Business School, working with start-up teams, founders and would-be entrepreneurs.

Ireland to America with Rodger Tincknell thumbnail Photo

Ireland to America with Rodger Tincknell

An upbeat, participatory program that includes mostly traditional and contemporary Irish and Irish American songs performed on multiple instruments! Audience participation may include singing, moving, dancing and spoon playing.

All Ages.

Back to Basics: User’s Manual for the U.S. Six Part Series with Paul Fideler thumbnail Photo

Back to Basics: User’s Manual for the U.S. Six Part Series with Paul Fideler

Are you thinking that America’s political discourses have become too shallow, too partisan, too angry? If so, perhaps it’s time that you step back and reacquaint yourself with the user’s manual for the U.S.—its founding documents, the philosophies and practicality they embodied and the compelling humans who authored them. The convener for this effort will be Paul Fideler, Professor Emeritus of History & Humanities at Lesley University.

Please contact Paul for more information and to register for this course at pfideler@lesley.edu.

Class size is limited and registration is required.

Mondays October 29, November 26, December 17, January 14, February 25 and March 11, 7-8:30pm

Lifelong Learning Lecture: The Friendship of Thoreau and Emerson, Jeffrey Cramer thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning Lecture: The Friendship of Thoreau and Emerson, Jeffrey Cramer

GUEST SPEAKER: Jeffrey S. Cramer, Curator of Collections at Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods


Jeffrey S. Cramer will discuss his new book, Solid Seasons: The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Cramer is considered the leading authority on Thoreau’s life and writings.

Lifelong Learning Lecture: A Poet in Our Midst: The Work of Alan Feldman thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning Lecture: A Poet in Our Midst: The Work of Alan Feldman

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita, Framingham State University


Winner of several prizes in poetry, Alan has been writing for more than 40 years chronicling subjects like traveling on land and sea, home, workplaces, parents and children, marriage, friendship and love. This lecture will cover selections from The Happy Genius through his most recent work, The Golden Coin.

Please Note: This lecture will be at the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library.