NEWS FROM UMASS LOWELL

10/02/2003
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October 2, 2003: A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications and Marketing Office, (978) 934-3224. For more stories on UMass Lowell, visit www.uml.edu and click on NEWS.

What's in this issue:

Kerouac Conference to Focus on Beat Poetry

UMass Lowell Introduces the "Wormcycler"

UMass Lowell Offers Activities and Fun at Saturday's Family Day

Annual Islamic Conference of New England Set for UMass Lowell, October 4

Reminder: Kerouac Conference to Focus on Beat Poetry

When: October 2 starting at 2 p.m., and October 3 starting at 9 a.m.

Where: O'Leary Library Auditorium, Rm 222, UMass Lowell, Wilder St

What:

In a year when "Bobble Jack" has been all the rage, the 7th Jack Kerouac Conference on Beat Literature will focus on Kerouac's legacy of Beat poetry. The conference will take place October 2-3, in UMass Lowell's O'Leary Library, Rm 222. All events are free and open to the public; no registration is necessary.

Regina Weinreich will give the keynote speech, "Kerouac's Haiku Poetics," at 2 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 3. Weinreich, a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, is the editor of Kerouac's Book of Haikus and the author of Kerouac's Spontaneous Poetics.

The conference will also feature the opening of an exhibit of photographs by beat writer and Kerouac contemporary, Allen Ginsburg at the University Gallery.

The complete conference schedule is at http://www.uml.edu/KerouacConference. For information, contact Prof. Hilary Holladay, English, at (978) 934-4195 or Hilary_Holladay@uml.edu.

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232

Reminder: UMass Lowell Introduces the "Wormcycler"

When: Friday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m.

Where: Riverview Parking Lot, UMass Lowell South, Broadway Street

What:

UMass Lowell's Compost Education and Demonstration Site is being expanded to include the new "Wormcycler," a greenhouse that will house the now famous 'Red Wigglers'. The Wigglers are the worms who are the centerpiece of the University's vermicomposting project for transforming community food waste into valuable compost.

The Grand Opening of the green house will take place Friday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. at the recycling facility in the Riverview Lot on UMass Lowell South off Broadway Street. Refreshments will be served.

For information, call Julie Villareal, Center for Family, Work and Community, (978) 934-4772.

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232

UMass Lowell Offers Activities and Fun at Saturday's Family Day

 

When:  Saturday, Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where:  UMass Lowell South quadrangle, corner of Broadway and Wilder St., Lowell

What:

            Activities, music and food will fill UMass Lowell South this Saturday during the annual Family Day celebration.  The event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will feature live musical performances, caricature artists, pony rides, antique photos, a giant inflatable slide, crafts and more.  The fun-filled event - which is open to the public - will kick off with a welcome by Chancellor William Hogan and a performance by the UMass Lowell Marching Band. Over 30 clubs are participating in the event by offering various food and activities for all ages.  Hundreds of families of students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Greater Lowell community are expected to attend.

            Family Day is sponsored by the UMass Lowell Activities Commission and Residence Hall Association, with the support of several other offices on campus.

Reminder: Annual Islamic Conference of New England Set for UMass Lowell, October 4

When: Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Coburn Hall, UMass Lowell South, corner of Wilder and Broadway Streets, Lowell

What:

Everyone is invited to attend the 18th Annual Islamic Conference of New England Coburn Hall on UMass Lowell South at the corner of Wilder and Broadway Streets in Lowell. The conference will address "American Muslims in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities." Pre-registration is required.

Activities for the whole family are planned. Conference speakers include Abdul Malik Mujahid, the president and director of Sound Vision Foundation; Mahdi Bray, the executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation; and Dr. Ikram Bashir co-author of "Meeting the Challenge of Parenting in the West, an Islamic Perspective."

For information or to register on line, visit www.isboston.org or call (781) 270-1149.

Contact: Rick Sherburne, University Communications, (978) 934-3232

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