Events

Sunday, April 10 - Pray the Devil Back to Hell
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.: Film and Panel Discussion
UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center
50 Warren St, Lowell, MA. 

Open to the public. Free. Refreshments will be served.

Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to attend a screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell and a panel discussion with two women featured in the documentary - Leymah Gbowee and Janet Johnson-Bryant.Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. 

Monday, April 11
A Special Evening Honoring Barbara Hogan 
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center
50 Warren St, Lowell, MA. 

Join us for an evening with 2011 honorary degree recipient Barbara Hogan, formerly minister of health and minster of Public Enterprises in the Cabinet of South Africa, in celebration of her outstanding contributions to equality for all, her commitment to social justice, and her humanitarian efforts. Hors d'oeuvres reception and honorary degree ceremony. Tickets $30.

RSVP to Victoria_Denoon@uml.edu by April 6, 2011.

About Barbara Hogan
Barbara Hogan has served her country, South Africa, for nearly 35 years.  Following the Soweto Uprising in 1976, she joined the African National Congress, years after the organization had been declared illegal. Her underground work resulted in her arrest, inquisition, and torture by the security police during a detention year of solitary confinement.  She was the first woman in South Africa to be found guilty of high treason and sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1983.  Released from prison in 1990 shortly before the release of Mr. Mandela, she served in a critical capacity during the restructuring of the ANC.  From 1994 in the new South Africa, she served as a Member of Parliament for over 10 years, chairing the Portfolio Committee on Finance.  In 2008 she succeeded Dr. Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, known as “Dr. Beetroot,” as Minister of Health.  The following year she became the Minister of Public Enterprise where she served until last November.  Barbara Hogan was included in the 2009 Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She will receive an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.