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FALL 2016


  • On Thursday, September 15, starting at 6 p.m., at Everett Mill in Lawrence, the 2016 Ellen Swallow Richards lecture was given by Susan Solomon, Ph.D., the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science at MIT. This annual lecture is named in honor of the first female student and teacher at MIT (during the 1870s). During the 1890s, she worked at the Lawrence Experiment Station, where she oversaw pioneering tests for water filtration. In light of Richards's work, in 1907 Lawrence became the first city in the country to filter its water supply in order to prevent disease. For more information on this event, contact
  • On Monday, September 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., in Moloney Hall at University Crossing, a "Race and Policing in the United States" forum was held for the university community to discuss the multiple incidents of race and police shootings this past summer. Prof. Betsy Herbin-Triant was among those delivering opening remarks. This event was sponsored by the Working Group on Race & Ethnicity and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
  • On Tuesday, September 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in O'Leary 222, Prof. Christy Clark-Pujara of the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) is going to be giving a public lecture free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public: "The Business of Slavery in Colonial and Revolutionary New England." She is the author of the recent study Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island. This event will be hosted by the Working Group on Race and Ethnicity at UMass Lowell, and sponsored by the History Department and College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Dean's Office. For more information, contact
  • On Thursday, October 13, the History Department will be co-sponsoring the screening of the film Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket - about the 2014 corporate battle that impacted thousands of Market Basket workers in three states. University Professor Bob Forrant will participate in the panel discussion to follow. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. in O'Leary 222.


  • Monday, September 26 - As part of the Boston Charter Day Celebration of 2016, Prof. Abby Chandler will be giving a talk at the Old State House in Boston: "Puritans at Home: A Conversation about Marriage, Love, and Family." Discussion will follow. This event will be taking place from 7-8 p.m. Those who wish to attend need to register beforehand. To do so, and for more information, head to
  • This summer, Prof. Chad Montrie was awarded a UMass President's Office Creative Economy grant for his project "Urban Waters Revolution," which focuses on the environmental history of Lawrence. He is currently finishing a manuscript for a book, How Silent Spring Does Not Explain Environmentalism, which will be published by the University of California Press next year. Prof. Montrie is also working on another book, Whiteness in Plain View, examining the history of racial exclusion in Minnesota towns and suburbs during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which he will finish during the Spring 2017 semester, while on sabbatical.
  • During the academic year of 2016-17, Prof. Christopher Carlsmith is on sabbatical at Stanford University, where he will work on a manuscript about the history of Italian college students between 1500 and 1800. 
  • This semester, Prof. Paul Keen is on sabbatical and will spend this time engaged in a number of projects. He continues to work on his book concerning Ptolemaic power in Hellenistic Cyprus and connections between cultural/institutional change and imperial power in the eastern Mediterranean. He will complete some work for the Kyrenia Ship Publication Project ( He will also continue to do research on the publication of coins from the Kourion Urban Space Project, an excavation he has been working with for the last few years.
  • Prof. Bob Forrant has been honored with the title of "2016 University Professor" for his outstanding teaching, research, and community service in both Lowell and Lawrence. He will deliver the University Professor Lecture in spring 2017.