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  • March 30 - Ambassador Raymond C. Ewing, the former U.S. ambassador to Cyprus, will be giving this year's Zamanakos Lecture, "The United States and Cyprus: A Personal Odyssey," on Thursday, March 30. This event that is free and open to the public will begin at 7 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center (50 Warren Street). Light refreshments will be served. For any questions, please contact Prof. Paul Keen. The History Department is co-sponsoring the lecture with the Dean's Office of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Political Science Department, and the Global Studies Program.
  • March 29 - Prof. Bob Forrant will give the Distinguished University Professor Lecture, "The Role of the Public University in the 21st Century," to an audience of UMass Lowell students and faculty. It will take place on Wednesday, March 29, from 4-6 p.m., in the Lower Locks Room at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center (50 Warren Street). Discussion and refreshments will follow the lecture. All students and faculty interested in attending should RSVP to by March 21.
  • February 21 - February is Black History Month. Prof. Chad Williams of Brandeis University will give a lecture on teaching African-American history during this turbulent time in American history on Tuesday, February 21, starting at 5 p.m. in O'Leary 222. All students and faculty are welcome. The History Department is co-sponsoring this event with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Working Group on Race & Ethnicity.

Faculty News

  • From January 9-20, Prof. Fletcher Smith attended the US Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, where he successfully completed their Military History Instructor Certification Course. As part of the program, he spent time at the location of the Battle of Westport (MO) during the Civil War (Oct. 1864). He also visited the National World War I Museum in Kansas City.
  • On Thursday, January 12, Prof. Abby Chandler gave a lecture on the life and times of Martin Howard. This mid-eighteenth-century resident of Newport, Rhode Island, was an outspoken supporter of British royal authority in the colonies who favored the customs duties of the Stamp Act (1765). He was consequently a target of the Sons of Liberty during their riots that year, and many today still might consider him a villain. However one may view him, his story sheds light on what it was like to be a loyalist in Rhode Island just before the American Revolution began. Prof. Chandler's talk took place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. that evening at the Newport Historical Society (82 Touro Street, Newport, RI). You can read more on the Newport History website or email: for more information.

Student News

  • During the 2017 spring semester, Shania Bunbury '19 will be studying history and economics abroad in Rome at John Cabot University. She was able to accomplish this financially by winning two competitive scholarships, one for $12,000 (offered by Academic Programs International, the provider of this study-abroad opportunity), and the other for $2,500 (the Gilman Scholarship offered by the Department of Education). Besides visiting the many historical sites in Rome, she will also travel to other locations in Italy like Florence, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri. While in Europe, she also plans to travel to Greece, France and Spain.