News from UMass Lowell for the Week of Feb. 14, 2011

02/15/2011
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Feb. 14, 2011: This 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 about UMass Lowell, visit www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.” If the university is closed due to inclement weather, these events will not be held as scheduled; call the weather hotline at 978-934-2121. Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.

Hot topics of the week: UMass Lowell experts are available for interviews on Egypt, improving protection for workers, and food safety.

Social Justice Series Honors Black History Month
Professor Shares Experiences in Haiti
Free Concert Features Performers of All Ages
Comedy Series Comes to Inn & Conference Center
River Hawk Hockey Celebrates America’s Favorite Pastime
Experts Weigh In on Egypt’s Turmoil, Potential


Social Justice Series Honors Black History Month

When:     Events will be held throughout the month of February.
 
What:      UMass Lowell celebrates Black History Month and honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through the Social Justice Series. Programs include:

  • Panel Discussion on Modern-Day Slavery, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m. This event is sponsored by three UMass Lowell student organizations: the Association of Students of African Origins (ASAO), Men Achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success (MALES) and Sisters of Integrity Striving Towards Empowerment, Respect and Success (SISTERS).
  • “Voices of Innocence,” Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. A stage performance by John Thompson and Greg Bright. The two men, both exonerated after being wrongfully incarcerated in the Louisiana prison system, will share their stories. The UMass Lowell Gospel Choir will also perform. This event is open to the public.
  • “Think You Know Black Americans in Entertainment,” Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., an interactive game show.
  • Poetry Slam, Thursday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. Nationally known slam poet Beau Sia will perform. Other special guests include members of the UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College Slam Poetry Team. The theme for the evening is “I am because we are.” This event is open to the public.

Where:     Panel discussion will be held at Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell; “Voices of Innocence” at O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell; Interactive game show at Fox Hall, UML East, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell; Poetry Slam, O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell.
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Professor Shares Experiences in Haiti

When:      Thursday Feb. 17, 2:30 and 4 p.m.
 
What:       In January, Management Prof. David Lewis went to Haiti with All Hands Volunteers to help build a memorial for the victims of the 2010 earthquake. Lewis will share his experiences with students, faculty and staff and provide information about how they can volunteer. Over the years, Lewis has traveled to more than 90 countries and has spent many spring breaks learning about new cultures as well as serving in the Peace Corps.

Where:      The 2:30 p.m. program is at Pasteur Hall, Room 309, UML North, 1 University Ave., Lowell; 4 p.m. program is at McGauvran Student Union, Room 345, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Free Concert Features Performers of All Ages

When:        Thursday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m.

What:       The UMass Lowell String Project and the Lowell Youth Orchestra will present a free concert featuring string music from around the world. Acclaimed double-bassist Carolyn Fryer, a UMass Lowell adjunct faculty member, will be the guest artist. Fryer has performed regularly with the Boston Ballet Company, the Nashua Symphony and the Granite State Symphony Orchestra. This event is free and open to the public.

Where:    Durgin Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Comedy Series Comes to Inn & Conference Center

When:      Thursday Feb. 17, 8 p.m.
 
What: 
      A weekly comedy series featuring members of Boston’s Best Comedians kicks off this week. Performances by Johnny Joyce and other comedians will take place every Thursday night in the newly renovated UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. Joyce was winner of the Boston Herald’s Funniest Comedian Contest last fall and is the founder of Comics-4-A-Cause, which was voted one of Boston’s best performances by Boston comedy writers three years in a row. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 978-455-0978.

Where:     UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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River Hawks Celebrate America’s Favorite Pastime

When:       Friday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.
 
What:       To celebrate Baseball Night in New England, the River Hawks will welcome the Lowell Spinners to the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell and give the first 1,000 fans bobbleheads of NESN personality Tom Caron. Anyone who wears a hockey or baseball jersey will be entered to win a UMass Lowell River Hawk road jersey. The hockey team will face off against Hockey East opponent University of Maine. Prior to the game, the Creature Teachers traveling zoo will be in the lobby with furry friends. This is also Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night, where UMass Lowell employees get in the game for free with a valid UMass Lowell ID and can purchase additional tickets for $5. Students always get into hockey games for free with their UMass Lowell ID. To purchase tickets, go to www.tsongascenter.com.

Where:     Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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Experts Weigh In on Egypt’s Turmoil, Potential

When:      Tuesday, Feb. 22, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
 
What:       While Egypt’s future remains uncertain, members of the UMass Lowell community most familiar with the situation will offer insight and perspective. The discussion will feature Provost Ahmed Abdelal, who is originally from Egypt and has offered analysis of recent events on TV and radio; Political Science Prof. Deina Abdelkader; Gregory Aftandilian of the UMass Lowell Center for Middle East Peace, Development and Culture; and Art Prof. Stephen Mishol, one of the organizers of an upcoming exhibit on Egypt. Prof. Paula Rayman, director of the center, will moderate.

Where:     O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Jill Gambon, 978-934-3297, Jill_Gambon@uml.edu

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