News from UML - Week of Feb. 25

02/25/2008


Feb. 25, 2008: This is a notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Office of Public Affairs, 978-934-3224. For more stories on UML, visit www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.” Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not intended to be published.

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Black History Month Events Continue
Arts Series Presents Sports Journalist, Performance, Poet
Poetry Conference Highlights Region’s Writers
Sculpture Show Explores Cultural Landscapes
Workshop Looks at Energy Management, Environment

‘Guerrilla Girls’ at UML for Lowell Women’s Week

Black History Month Events Continue

UMass Lowell continues to commemorate Black History Month with the following events:

  • Daryl Davis ߝ “Klan-Destine Relationships”: Davis, an author and musician, is also a race relations expert who infiltrated the Ku Klu Klan and wrote a book about it. At this event, set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, Davis will share his encounters and experiences. Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell.
  •  “Floorlore ߝ A History of Hip Hop”: The Floor Lords have played an important role in the evolution of hip-hop culture for two decades and have performed on TV and in films. See them in person at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29. Admission is $5 in advance (call 978-934-5001) and $10 at the door. Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell.
  • “Our Roots ߝ Black History Month 2008”: This program, set for 8 p.m. on Monday, March 3, presents Alex Haley’s “Roots ߝ The Mini-Series,” which traces the history of his family as well as the nation from the Revolutionary War through Emancipation. Fox Hall Multi-Purpose Room, First Floor, UML East, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell.

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu.

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Arts Series Presents Journalist, Performance, Poet

When:   Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.

What:   The Urban Village Arts Series (UVAS) presents Fred Nutter, sports producer at Channel 7 and Lowell native, who will show his Emmy-winning piece on featherweight boxer Willie Pep; actors from the Merrimack Repertory Theater will stage a 20-minute presentation of a scene from Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance”; and poet Elizabeth Lund, a Christian Science Monitor reporter who is a finalist for the Brittingham Prize and the Four Way Book Intro Prize, will share her work.

Where: 246 Market St., Lowell

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu.

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Poetry Conference Highlights Region’s Writers

When:   Wednesday, Feb. 27. Free and open to the public; pre-registration is not required.

What:    Founded in 2005, the New England Poetry Conference features poetry readings and public discussions. This year’s conference includes discussions of Robert Frost’s visual influences in the 1930s, and presentations on the work of Denise Levertov, George Oppen, and other post-war poets.  In addition, the conference will feature New England area writers and contributors to the recently published anthology “French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets.” 
  
Where:    O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. Free parking in the Riverview lot on Broadway and in the visitors’ lot on Wilder Street.

Contact for Media:  Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Sculpture Show Explores Cultural Landscapes

When:  Artist talk at 3 p.m. Monday, March 3 in O’Leary Library Room 222, immediately followed by reception at University Gallery until 5 p.m. Exhibit runs until Thursday, April 3. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment; by appointment only during Spring Break, March 17 through March 21.

What:   The University Gallery will feature “flora + fauna,” an exhibit of sculpture by Michael C. McFalls. The artist uses a variety of materials in his work, beginning with a multicolored base of intensely pigmented plaster that has been extracted from geometric molds. That plaster base forms the foundation for McFalls’ sculptural landscapes, and metal rods are attached to provide a structural base for additional surfaces attached at different angles. So-called “flora and fauna” are attached to those surfaces to complete the artists’ exploration of beauty as it relates to the cultural landscape.
  
Where:  University Gallery, McGauvran Student Union, First Floor, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:  Gallery Coordinator Michele Gagnon, 978-934-3491 or Michele_Gagnon@uml.edu, or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Workshop on Energy Management, Environment

When:  Thursday, March 6, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What:    UMass Lowell’s School of Health and Environment, the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and EMS Service Program are sponsoring a workshop, “Cleaner Environment Through Innovative Energy Management.” The program is designed to help utilities reduce energy use and increase savings for water and wastewater treatment plants in New England. The cost is $28 to participate; interested utility representatives should contact Madline Snow at 978-934-4875.
 
Where:  Wannalancit Building, Second Floor, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

Contact for Media:  Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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‘Guerrilla Girls’ at UML for Lowell Women’s Week

When:  Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m.

What:   “Guerrilla Girls on Tour,” a theater collective that creates original plays, visual work and residency programs that dramatize women’s history and advocate for women and artists of color, will perform during Lowell Women’s Week. The 26-member troupe will present “Feminists Are Funny,” an energetic 70-minute play that uses a combination of performance and visual art to look at history, politics, performing arts and the media, as well as female activists and their accomplishments. The performance will be followed by a lively discussion with the audience and is being presented by UML’s Gender Studies Program in cooperation with several other programs and departments. For more events, check out www.lowellwomensweek.org.

Where:  Comley-Lane Theater, Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell  

Contact for Media:  Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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