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Events

125th AnniversaryThroughout the 2019-20 academic year, Fitchburg State will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a series of programs, performances and exhibitions that highlight the University's history and the vibrancy of its community. This page will be updated throughout the year.

Fall Semester

Tuesday, October 15

Community Read Panel Talk: Nazi Symbolism & Propaganda, from Medieval Times to the Present

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Hall
Description: A panel including Professors Katherine Jewell, Ben Lieberman and Kisha Tracy will discuss the medieval origins of Nazi symbolism and propaganda, and its historical and contemporary uses from Nazi Germany to modern day Nazi Culture in the United States.

Thursday, October 17

Community Read Book Discussion

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St.
Description: Join an intergenerational book discussion of Art Spiegelman's acclaimed graphic novel Maus. The talk will be facilitated by students from the English Honors Society.

Saturday, October 19

Open House

Location: Hammond Hall
Description: There's no better way for prospective students to learn about all that Fitchburg State has to offer than by attending one of our fall open houses. Meet with faculty, staff and current students. Visit Each fall we host Open House events for prospective students. These campus visits are our premier visit opportunity for you to meet with faculty, staff and current students. Learn more and register on our Visit page.

Tuesday, October 22

Community Read Workshop: (Mis)Appropriation of the Middle Ages - Confronting Misuses of History in the Age of the Meme

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 101 (Library Instruction Lab), Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: Attendees of this hands-on workshop will analyze pre-selected artifacts that represent the misuse of history by the KKK, Nazis, and other groups to articulate their messages. Learn research techniques to fact check these memes.

Sixth Annual Science Symposium

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Lisciotti Pavilion, Antonucci Science Center
Description: Faculty members from the departments of Biology and Chemistry, Earth and Geographic Sciences, Exercise and Sports Science, Mathematics, and Psychological Science present posters describing their own research.

Thursday, October 24

Phi Alpha Theta 50th Anniversary

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Hammond Hall, Room 314
Description: In this anniversary year for the institution, another milestone is being observed: the 50th anniversary of the founding of Fitchburg State's Xi Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. This reception will include Dr. Clayton J. Drees, President of Phi Alpha Theta, as well as alumni and current history students from the chapter. This observance highlights the University's enduring commitment to academic excellence by the faculty and students of the Fitchburg State History Program.

Faculty Recital

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Kent Recital Hall, Conlon Fine Arts Building
Description: This musical performance will feature the talents of Fitchburg State faculty members Robin Dinda, Jane Fiske, Jonathan Harvey, and Amy McGlothlin. The show is free and open to the public.

Friday, October 25

Homecoming and Alumni Weekend

Description: Join us for celebration, nostalgia and fun. There will be a bonfire, pep rally and fireworks to kick off the festivities. To learn more, visit the Homecoming Weekend page.

Saturday, October 26

Gold Key Breakfast

Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: The Class of 1969 is inducted into our Gold Key Society at this celebration for all alumni who graduated 50 years ago or longer. Visit the Alumni page for more information.

Campus Tours

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: Join Library Archivist Asher Jackson for a guided tour of the campus, including highlights from Fitchburg State history.

Snacks in the Stacks

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: Join the Fitchburg State deans for a reception including updates on the University's vision for the future. Explore archival exhibits.

Football: Falcons vs. Westfield State

Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Elliot Field
Description: Our Homecoming football game pits the Falcons against the Westfield State Owls in MASCAC action. Cheer on the green and gold and tailgate with food trucks at the big game.

Tuesday, October 29

Community Read Book Discussion

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg.
Description: Join an intergenerational book discussion of Art Spiegelman's acclaimed graphic novel Maus. The talk will be facilitated by students from the English Honors Society.

Saturday, November 2

Open House

Location: Hammond Hall
Description: There's no better way for prospective students to learn about all that Fitchburg State has to offer than by attending one of our fall open houses. Meet with faculty, staff and current students. Visit Each fall we host Open House events for prospective students. These campus visits are our premier visit opportunity for you to meet with faculty, staff and current students. Learn more and register on our Visit page.

Tuesday, November 12

Veterans Resource Fair

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Fitchburg State has a long and proud history of serving its student veterans. Our Military Friendly campus will host this event designed to show veterans the resources available to them on- and off-campus.

Community Read Book Discussion

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 210B, Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: Students from the English Honors Society will lead an informal book discussion of this year’s Community Read book, Maus by Art Spiegelman.

Saturday, November 16

Open House

Location: Hammond Hall
Description: There's no better way for prospective students to learn about all that Fitchburg State has to offer than by attending one of our fall open houses. Meet with faculty, staff and current students. Visit Each fall we host Open House events for prospective students. These campus visits are our premier visit opportunity for you to meet with faculty, staff and current students. Learn more and register on our Visit page.

Community Read Film Screening and Discussion

Time: 1 to 5 p.m.
Location: Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster
Description: Take part in a film screening and discussion that explores themes in Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Kevin McCarthy (Communications Media).

Tuesday, November 19

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: An evening of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Wednesday, November 20

Community Read: Mini Poster Conference

Time: 3:15 p.m.
Location: Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library
Description: As part of our Community Read of the celebrated graphic novel Maus, students from Professor Ben Lieberman's course on the Holocaust will share their research on Holocaust-related topics.

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: A series of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Thursday, November 21

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: An evening of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Friday, November 22

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: An evening of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Saturday, November 23

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: A series of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Sunday, November 24

Main Stage Theater Production: Matches

Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Falcon Hub, Hammond Hall
Description: A series of nine new two-character, 10-minute plays by Peter Anderegg that explores themes surrounding the notion that happiness is hard to find and something is always getting in the way.

Tuesday, December 3

Human Services Alumni Reunion

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Recent Human Services graduates will meet with current students for dinner and focus groups to help ascertain how prepared our human services alumni were for the field. The results will be shared with human services faculty to help with future program development. By invitation only.

Thursday, December 5

Concert Band and Community Orchestra Winter Concert

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Weston Auditorium
Description: The University's Concert Band and Community Orchestra present their annual holiday show.

Monday, December 9

Fitchburg State Choir Winter Performance

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Weston Auditorium
Description: The University Choir presents its winter show under the direction of Assistant Professor Jonathan Harvey.

Past Events

Tuesday, September 10

Rock the Block

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Quadrangle and Highland Avenue
Description: The campus community gathers as Fitchburg State's clubs and organizations welcome incoming students to learn about their extracurricular options. There will also be a part-time job fair. Refreshments include a cookout on the quad.

Birthday Bash and Family Photo

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Main Quadrangle
Description: Get your 125th Anniversary T-shirt and assemble on the quad to celebrate Fitchburg State's "birthday" and pose for a family photo, then enjoy some celebratory cupcakes.

Tuesday, September 17

Constitution Day: Antonelli v. Hammond

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Fifty years ago, the staff of Fitchburg State's student newspaper clashed with administration over the right to publish. The case went to federal court, where the students won what has become a landmark case in student journalism. The plaintiffs from Antonelli v. Hammond return to campus to recall their experiences.

Wednesday, September 25

Panel Talk: When We Were Normal

Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Hall
Description: Hear from students and faculty who developed an augmented reality tour of historic campus buildings. Discover what happened in the tunnels between Hammond and Miller, what became of the demolished Palmer dormitory, the tools it took to build a practical arts program from scratch, and much more. Stories are located throughout the Anthony, Edgerly, Hammond, Miller, Percival, Sanders, and Thompson buildings. 

Thursday, September 26

Community Read: Literary Perspectives of Maus

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Hall
Description: As part of our Community Read of the acclaimed graphic novel Maus, a panel of English Studies faculty will discuss the work from the Jewish literary, graphic novel, and pedagogic uses perspectives. Professor Lisa Gim will moderate the panel that will include Professors Michael Hoberman, Heather Urbanski and Katharine Covino.

Thursday, October 3

Trends Impacting the Future of Higher Education: A Conversation with Jeff Selingo

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Main Lounge, Hammond Hall
Description: Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is the author of three books, a contributing writer at the Washington Post and The Atlantic, and a professor of practice and special advisor at Arizona State University. He is also a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities. Reception and book signing to follow.

Sunday, October 6

Carl Bernstein

Time: 10 a.m. brunch, 12 p.m. discussion
Location: Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley
Description: Legendary investigative journalist Carl Bernstein appears as part of the Bull Run Speakers Series. From uncovering the Watergate scandal to writing about national and international affairs for more than 40 years, Bernstein’s books, reporting and commentary have revealed the inner-workings of government and politics, and told the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders. Tickets may be purchased online.

Tuesday, October 8

Community Read Book Discussion

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster
Description: Join an intergenerational book discussion of Art Spiegelman's acclaimed graphic novel Maus. The talk will be facilitated by Professor Rob Carr (Communications Media).