NEWS FROM UMASS LOWELL

09/12/2003
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September 12, 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:

Pierson Presents Benjamin Butler in Parker Lecture

Fine Addresses "Community Unions: Bridging the Divide Between Work and Home"

Used Book Sale Sponsored Next Weekend

Teen-Worker Photography Exhibit Displayed in Lawrence

Prof's 50th Birthday Celebration to Raise Funds to Build Pakistani School

 

 

Pierson Presents Benjamin Butler in Parker Lecture

 

When: Sunday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m.

Where: Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 256 Market St., Lowell

What:

UMass Lowell History Prof. Michael Pierson will present a talk on Benjamin Butler on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 256 Market St. Butler helped the poor and snubbed the rich. A confrontational attorney and a wildly inconsistent Civil War general, the Lowell native rose to international fame as the U.S. commander of occupied New Orleans.

Michael Pierson is the Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center Scholar in the City for 2003. This talk is presented by the MG Parker Lectures in cooperation with the Mogan Cultural Center, a program of Lowell National Historical Park in partnership with UMass Lowell.

 

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

 

 

Fine Addresses "Community Unions: Bridging the Divide Between Work and Home"

 

When: Monday, Sept. 15, noon

 

Where: 500M, O'Leary Library, UMass Lowell South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

 

What:

Janice Fine, of the Economic Policy Institute & Northeast Action, will address the challenges of bridging the gap between work and home on Monday, Sept. 15 at noon in the O'Leary Library, room 500M at UMass Lowell. Fine is the principal investigator for a research project on immigrant worker centers at the Economic Policy Institute. She has worked as a community, labor and electoral organizer for 22 years and received her doctoral degree in political science from MIT. She will be speaking about her research and experience in the labor movement and community organizing.

A buffet lunch is available. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Family, Work, and Community and the Center for Women and Work. If you have questions, contact William_Mass@uml.edu.

 

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

 

 

Used Book Sale Sponsored Next Weekend

 

When:  Friday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

             Saturday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Where:  UMass Lowell O'Leary Library

              61 Wilder St., Lowell

 

What:  Used books of all varieties and types - none for more than $1 - will be available for purchase next weekend at UMass Lowell's O'Leary Library, 61 Wilder St.  The book sale, sponsored by the newly formed Friends of UMass Lowell Library, will run the gamut from children's books to mystery novels to educational journals for the bargain prices of 25 cents for a paperback and $1 for a hardcover.

            "We have every subject you can think of," promises Patricia Noreau, director of libraries at UMass.  "We are not looking at this as a big money-maker.  We see it as a community service."

            And, Noreau notes, the library is not cleaning out its own shelves to provide the books, as all the materials were donated by UMass Lowell faculty and staff.  In fact, the Library added 500 books to its volumes from the donated items.

            The Friends of the UMass Lowell Library, which is comprised of members of the faculty, community and alumni, plans to use the proceeds to fund special library projects and events, such as authors' visits and book signings.  Unsold books will be donated to Hands Across the Waters, a nonprofit group which provides materials to Third World countries.

            Book donations will continue to be accepted all week.  For more information, contact Director Noreau at 978-934-4575.

 

Contact: Patti McCafferty, University Communications, (978) 934-3238

 

        

Teen-Worker Photography Exhibit Displayed in Lawrence

 

When: Daily through Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Where: Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center

            One Jackson St., Lawrence

What:

            "Community Clicks, a Photographic Journey of Workers and Youth," an exhibit of the UMass Lowell Worker Photography Project, is on display this month at the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center.  The exhibit, which features photographs taken by local teenagers and union workers, will run daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 30.

            The project enabled the amateur photographers - eight high school students and six adult workers - to learn about the history of photography, how to tell a story through their photographs and use the darkroom.  In addition to a series of workshops, the group also embarked on field trips to local manufacturing facilities for photo sessions of workers in action.

            The project is sponsored, in part, by the UMass Lowell Labor Extension Program and the Photography Department.

 

Contact: Patti McCafferty, University Communications, (978) 934-3238

 

Prof's 50th Birthday Celebration to Raise Funds to Build Pakistani School

 

When: Saturday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 11 p.m.

 

Where: Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett St., Lowell

 

 What: While it's not unusual to host a big bash to celebrate your 50th birthday, UMass Lowell Education Prof. Judy Davidson's celebration will have a different feel than most. She has decided to use her 50th birthday as an opportunity to help improve the educational opportunities of people in northern Pakistan by building a school.

To help raise the $15,000 needed, the Christ Church United in Lowell will host a benefit with live performances, a silent auction and refreshments on Saturday Sept. 20.  A full Laotian meal will be available for purchase between 6 and 8:30 p.m. Performers - including Lowell folk singer Lorrie Guthrie, The Girls Band and Diversity Choir - will take the stage beginning at 6 p.m. From 9 to 11 p.m., DJ Iriela will host a world dance.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for 8-15 year olds, free under 8 years old and can be purchased by calling 978-459-9631 or at the door.

 

Contact: Elaine Hays Keough, University Communications, (978) 934-3325