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  • April 16 - Prof. Chad Montrie gave a lecture for the Moses Greeley Parker series: “Beyond ‘Songbirds and Suburbs’: Rethinking the American Environmental Movement Origin Story.” The talk began at 7 p.m. at the National Park Visitor Center in Lowell.
  • March 27 - Winston Black gave a talk titled “Sugar, Spice, & All Kinds of Drugs: Medieval Medicine between Europe and Asia.” This lecture took place from 2-3 p.m. in O'Leary 478 (English Department). It was co-sponsored by the History Department and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. For more details, please contact Prof. Chris Carlsmith by email:
  • March 26 - The History Department and Phi Alpha Theta sponsored a panel discussion on the ways the humanities can contribute to the conversation about climate change in the twenty-first century. Participants included James Gomes, of MIT; Elizabeth Williams, of the UMass Lowell History Department; and Daniel McDermott, a UMass Lowell history major. This event took place in Dugan 204, and started at 5 p.m. Pizza was served. For more information, please contact Prof. Abby Chandler by email:
  • March 19 - The Zamanakos Lecture for 2019, "Greeks in Africa," was given by Prof. Emeritus Stanley Burstein of California State-Los Angeles. This lecture began at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center at 6 p.m., with a reception to follow. For more details, please contact Prof. Paul Keen:
  • March 5 - Kellie Carter Jackson gave a public lecture: "Forcing Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence." This event took place from 5-6:15 p.m. in the O'Leary Mezzanine. Prof. Carter Jackson is a nineteenth-century historian in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. Her research focuses on slavery and abolitionists, violence as political discourse, historical film, and black women's history. For questions about the lecture, please contact Prof. Elizabeth Herbin-Triant by email:


  • From March 17-19, the Renaissance Society of America conference took place in Toronto, Canada. Two of our faculty made the journey there. The chair, Prof. Christopher Carlsmith, attended the meeting in his capacity as a member of the RSA Board of Directors; he also organized a workshop on demystifying the process of applying for (and receiving) RSA fellowships. Prof. Andrew Drenas participated in a panel called "New Approaches to Sanctity: Holy Bodies," for which he presented a paper relevant to his Reformation era research: "'Holy Fazzoletti!': St. Lawrence of Brindisi’s Mass Handkerchiefs and Early Modern Perceptions of Sanctity."
  • Prof. Lauren Fogle has published her first academic book, "The King's Converts: Jewish Conversion in Medieval London," through Lexington Books. This study sheds light on the long dialog between Judaism and Christianity, specifically regarding the situation Jewish converts faced in medieval England.


  • Kady Phelps, the first graduate of the History Department's master's program, was hired as the Enrichment Coordinator for the Lowell Boys and Girls Club. As such, she will play a vital role in strengthening Club culture and help to generate support specifically for the immigrant and refugee members attending the Club.