Events

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UMass Lowell Celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day (Oct. 11) and Native American Month (November)

Please join us as we honor the rich history of the Indigenous and Native American communities. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Face coverings are required (university COVID-19 policy) at indoor events.

Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. Starts and ends at Wilder Street Faculty Parking Lot, South Campus. Parking lot will be open and free.
History Walk: Ever wondered what Lowell looked like and who lived here before Lowell became a city? Why not join our free and open to the public walking tour of Lowell. You will learn about the area's Native American history, but also about Indigenous persistence in the city to this day. Join Park Ranger Allison Horrocks, UML students Deirdre Hutchison and Sarah McDermott, as well History Professors Christoph Strobel (author of “Native Americans of New England”) and Lowell history expert Bob Forrant on a stroll around Lowell as they highlight key historical markers noting significant activities and milestones related to local Indigenous Peoples over time. 

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m. O'Leary Library 222, 61 Wilder St.
Screening of the award-winning film "Dawnland": The untold story of the removal of Indigenous children in the U.S. through the nation’s first-ever, government-endorsed truth and reconciliation commission. A Q&A with the film’s co-director Alex Mazo will follow the showing.

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m. Moloney Hall, University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St.
Screening of the film “Songs My Brother Taught Me”: This coming-of-age tragedy is set in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and explores the bond between a Lakota Sioux brother and his younger sister. The film will be followed by a brief presentation and Q&A with Lilian Mengesha, Fletcher Foundation assistant professor of dramatic literature in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at Tufts University. 

Friday, Nov. 5, 12-1 p.m., online event
IHMA-MSR Necessary Conversations with Gregory Cajete, Ph.D., on Native Science: Please join the International Humanistic Management Association (IHMA) and the Management, Spirituality & Religion (MSR) Division of the Academy of Management (AOM) with Julia Storberg-Walker, Ph.D., (George Washington University) for a Necessary Conversation with Gregory Cajete, Ph.D., (University of New Mexico; Santa Clara Pueblo) to discuss Native Science as a diverse expression of Indigenous cultures and a life-centered knowledge base. This event is sponsored by the UMass Lowell Donahue Center for Business Ethics and Responsibility.

Monday, Nov. 8, 4-5 p.m. Reception, 5-6:15 p.m. Talk with Q&A, (for faculty, in person and virtual) Room 260 - Moloney Hall, University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St.
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) seminar "Creating an Indigenous-aware Campus:" This will be led by Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. A professional educator and social justice activist, Fox Tree teaches workshops on culturally responsive teaching practices, and leads conversations on “un-erasing” Native American First Nations People. This event is for faculty only. 

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 3:30 p.m. Coburn Hall, Room 255, 850 Broadway St.
Bilingualism: Then and Now: This panel discussion will feature Teresa Satterfield, Ph.D. (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor); Marcie Persyn, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburg); Judy de Oliveira, Ph.D. (University of Rhode Island); and Jennifer Weston (Hunkpapa Lakota, Standing Rock; director of the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project). 

These events, with the exception of Nov. 5, are co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell Provost’s Office; the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Office; the departments of Art and Design, World Languages and Cultures, History and English; and the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies.