News from UMass Lowell for the Week of March 12, 2012

Story and source ideas from UMass Lowell's Office of Public Affairs

03/13/2012


March 12, 2012: 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 about UMass Lowell, visit www.uml.edu and click on “News.” Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication. In case of inclement weather, call 978-934-2121 to learn whether the UMass Lowell campus is closed.

Sources of the week: Talk to UMass Lowell experts about the 90th birthday this week of Beat icon Jack Kerouac and his enduring influence on the arts; teaching college grads to “dress for success” on job interviews; and how to ward off the health effects of Daylight Saving Time.

UMass Lowell Expert Speaks on Historical Novelist Geraldine Brooks
Bread and Roses Strike’s Impact on Worldwide Labor Movements Explored
Civil War History Expert to Lead Public Discussion Series
Award-Winning Filmmaker Henry Ferrini is Artist-in-Residence for 2012
Hellenic Expert Explores Women’s Roles in Byzantine Culture
Mass. Memories Road Show Seeks to Create Photographic History of State
State Official Speaks on Economic Recovery Plan

UMass Lowell Expert Speaks on Historical Novelist Geraldine Brooks

When: Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m.

What: UMass Lowell English Prof. Jeannie Judge will discuss narrative voice in the novels of Geraldine Brooks as part of Chelmsford Public Library’s “One Town, One Book” program. Brooks, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her 2005 novel “March,” belongs to a circle of present-day female writers who are revisiting the historical novel, investing it with candor and creative authenticity. Brooks’ narrators are not flamboyant revolutionaries or powerful rulers. Instead, they are characters whose gender, class and position usually exclude them from important decisions. Despite this, these characters achieve significance in Brooks’ stories by transcending their often confining roles.

Where: Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road. Chelmsford

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu

Bread and Roses Strike’s Impact on Worldwide Labor Movements Explored

When: Tuesday, March 20, 6 p.m.

What: Rising up against one of the largest corporations in the country, some 25,000 workers — half of them women and many of them children — took to the streets one winter to demand better pay and working conditions for the common man, the 99 percent. A handful would die; hundreds were beaten and jailed by local police and state militias as violence erupted in the streets and the media clamored to cover the story. Before the Occupy Wall Street movement, before the often turbulent social protests of the 1960s, there was the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 at the American Woolen Co. in Lawrence, considered by many historians to be a catalyst for U.S. and worldwide labor movements. UMass Lowell history Prof. Robert Forrant, chairman of the Bread and Roses Centennial Committee, will lead a discussion about the strike’s history and resonance in 2012 as part a host of activities this year that pays tribute to the strike’s significance. More information on the many events marking the centennial are available at www.breadanrosescentennial.org

Where: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu

Civil War History Expert to Lead Public Discussion Series

When:  Tuesdays, March 20, April 3, April 24, 7 p.m.

What:   Civil War expert Michael Pierson, a UMass Lowell history professor, will lead a five-part, public reading and discussion series, “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” on Tuesday nights throughout the spring semester. Pierson is the author of “Mutiny at Fort Jackson: The Untold Story of the Fall of New Orleans” and “Free Hearts and Free Homes: Gender and American Antislavery Politics.” He will lead a discussion of a selected book at each session. For details or to register, visit http://libguides.uml.edu/LTAI.

Where:  O’Leary Library Learning Commons, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu

Award-Winning Filmmaker Henry Ferrini is Artist-in-Residence for 2012

When: Wednesday, March 21, 3:30 p.m.

What: Filmmaker Henry Ferrini, the director distinctive films about writer Jack Kerouac, poet Charles Olson and jazz musician Lester Young, is UMass Lowell’s artist-in-residence for Spring 2012. Ferrini, who has a strong interest in cultural geography and New England in particular, will share his work, which he calls “film poems,” in this session. A former Community Fellow of the UMass Lowell Honors Program, Ferrini won the Grand Festival Award in documentary filmmaking at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival for his film about Kerouac, “Lowell Blues.” His film about Olson, “Polis Is This,” was screened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. last year.

Where: O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu

Hellenic Expert Explores Women’s Roles in Byzantine Culture

When: Friday, March 23, 5 p.m. (rescheduled from March 1)

What: The Hellenic Studies Center of UMass Lowell will present Prof. Ioli Kalavrezou, who will share perspectives on maidenhood and motherhood in Byzantine culture. A guest reception will follow her presentation. Kalavrezou is an authority on Byzantine culture and a senior fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Center in Washington, D.C., an internationally renowned institute for scholarship in Byzantine studies. Her visit to UMass Lowell is made possible through the university’s Zamanakos Endowed Lectureship in Hellenic Studies. The Hellenic Studies Center forges partnerships between UMass Lowell and the Hellenic-American community throughout the Merrimack Valley. This annual lecture showcases the historical and cultural contributions made by Greece and the Hellenes around the world. 

Where: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

Mass. Memories Road Show Seeks to Create Photographic History of State

When:  Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What: Area residents are encouraged to drop by the Boott Cotton Mills Museum with two or three photographs that depict themselves, their families and their community as part of the Mass. Memories Road Show project, which seeks to compiles a digital photographic history of Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns in all their rich diversity and history. The photos will be scanned on site and immediately returned to their owners. Visitors will be encouraged to share a brief story about their photos on camera in a video area that will be set up at the center. The resulting photo and video catalog will be available to today’s students, scholars and community organizers and those of future generations. The event is part of the Tsongas Industrial History Center’s slate of 20th anniversary events.

Where: Tsongas Industrial History Center, Fourth Floor, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St., Lowell

Contacts for media:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu

State Official Speaks on Economic Recovery Plan

When: Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m. (rescheduled from Feb. 29)

What: Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki will meet with more than 100 medical-device entrepreneurs and economic development professionals from throughout the region to talk about the Commonwealth’s strategic plan for economic development, which was recently submitted to the Legislature. The plan outlines five initiatives — including increased support for innovation and entrepreneurship — that build on the Patrick-Murray administration’s job creation and economic development strategy. Bialecki will take questions from the audience as part of his presentation. The event is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), a joint venture of UMass Lowell and UMass Worcester, and the Merrimack Valley Venture Forum.

Where: M2D2 Innovation Hub, Wannalancit Mills Office & Technology Center, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell
 
Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu