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March 27 - This year's Zamanakos Lecture will be given by Angela Ziskowski, Assistant Professor of History at Coe College, Iowa. Her talk, "Touching the Past: Students and Archaeology at the Corinthian Harbor Settlement at Lechaion," will begin at 7 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. It will consider some of what can be found at this largely Late Roman archaeological site in Greece as well as offer students insight into field school. A reception will follow. For more information, please contact Prof. Paul Keen.

March 22 - Historian Eric Foner of Columbia University visited UMass Lowell. Starting at 7 p.m. in Weed Hall 1, he gave a talk: “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Changed the Constitution.” A reception was held before this, starting at 5:30 p.m., in the Allen House. Students were able to meet Prof. Foner there as well as connect with faculty, alumni, and friends. The money raised through ticket sales for this event (students could attend the talk for free) will go toward raising funds for History Department scholarships.

March 5 – Prof. Elizabeth Williams hosted an Alumni Career Panel during her “Historical Methods” class (3:30-4:45 p.m.). Kathleen Curtin (’86), Jonathan Zlotnik (’12), Mark Gozzo (’15), and other distinguished alumni participated. For more information, please contact Prof. Christopher Carlsmith.

February 26 - Beginning at 2 p.m. in O'Leary 478, Prof. Anna Wainwright of the University of New Hampshire will give a lecture entitled "Death Becomes Her: Widows in Italian Renaissance Literature." This event will be co-sponsored by the History Department and Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

February 20 - The exhibition "Portuguese Immigration in Lowell" was revealed to the UMass Lowell community during a ceremony at University Crossing. Starting at 5:30 p.m., University Professor Bob Forrant gave a keynote address that was followed by the ribbon-cutting and a reception. History majors Kady Phelps and Molly Mahoney did a lot of research to make this project happen.

February 12 - Mark Bilbe, the chief operating officer of Mimecast LLC, visited UMass Lowell to speak in Prof. Elizabeth Williams's "Historical Methods" class. From 4-4:45 that day, he explained how a career in History (and the humanities) can prepare one for a career in a high-growth field like tech. Dr. Bilbe earned his Ph.D. in African History from the University of Cambridge, and has been at Mimecast for thirteen years. Students were able to set up appointments to speak with him earlier in the day by contacting Career Services.

Faculty News

On Friday, February 23, Prof. Abby Chandler gave a paper at the Consortium of the Revolutionary Era Conference in Philadelphia. Her paper, “'Let us unanimously lay aside foreign Superfluities': Textile Production and British Subjecthood in the 1760s," was a contribution to the “Producing and Defining Identities in Colonial and Revolutionary North America” panel.

This February, Prof. Chad Montrie's most recent book, The Myth of Silent Spring: Rethinking the Origins of American Environmentalism, was published by the University of California Press. On February 21, Prof. Montrie gave his first talk on the book as part of the Conservation Law Foundation's President's Speakers Series. Two days later, he and the book were featured in a UMass Lowell news article: Historian Looks at Popular Roots of Environmental Movement published online by Katherine Webster.