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News 2016

FALL 2016


  • On Wednesday, November 16, the 2016-17 Phi Alpha Theta induction ceremony took place starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Allen House. The students inducted this year were Joseph Robert Benoit, Jacob M. Boucher, Chloé-Marie Émilie Cabaret-Salameh, Kerstin P. Darsney, Katherine S. Gilligan, Sydney A. Larose, Matthew Webster Leece, Molly Q. Mahoney, Sean P. McDonough, Nicole R. Nachef, Kady Lynne Phelps, Michael L. Ryan, Jacob Thomas Strout, and Emily Yunes. Prof. Marie Frank of the World Languages and Cultures Department gave the keynote speech: "Hidden in Plain Sight: UML's Collection of Parthenon Casts." Joining the inductees able to attend the ceremony were family, friends, and members of the History Department.
  • On Monday, November 7, from 2-3:30 p.m. in O'Leary 222, there was a "Welcome to America?" forum on immigration. The guest speakers were Gregory Sheehan, a UMass Lowell political science alumnus ('01), who is an immigration lawyer and Homeland Security asylum officer, and Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. The event was sponsored by the UMass Lowell Working Group on Race and Ethnicity, and co-sponsored by the History Department. The event was free and open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. For any questions, please contact Prof. Chad Montrie at
  • On Thursday, October 13, the History Department co-sponsored 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 participated in the panel discussion that followed. This event was free and open to the public.
  • On Tuesday, September 27, Prof. Christy Clark-Pujara of the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) gave 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 was 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 Monday, September 19, "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 Thursday, September 15, 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


  • This year marks the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. On Sunday, December 4, Prof. Abby Chandler spoke at an event at Nahant Public Library for which the discussion focused on the history and legal ramifications of this document. For more details, visit
  • On Wednesday, October 26, Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and Provost Michael Vayda hosted a reception, from 4-6 p.m. at the Allen House, to celebrate Prof. Bob Forrant's recent appointment as UMass Lowell's 2016-2019 Distinguished University Professor. Prof. Forrant was presented with his University Professor medal, and then shared some of his own inspiring academic story with those in attendance. Earlier in the month, on Monday, October 3, he was featured in the "Lowell Sun" in an interview by Kori Tuitt: "10 Questions with Professor Robert Forrant."
  • On Tuesday, October 25, Prof. Paul Keen was in Washington D.C. to testify at the State Department's Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) hearings on the renewal of the bilateral agreement (MOU, Memorandum of Understanding) between Cyprus and the US on the import of cultural property to the US. These MOUs are agreements between the US and source countries, like Cyprus, as an outgrowth of the US's ratification of the 1972 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Prof. Keen spoke on the use of coins as archaeological evidence and on the importance of preventing the looting of ancient Cypriot coins.
  • On Monday, September 26, as part of the Boston Charter Day Celebration of 2016, Prof. Abby Chandler gave a talk at the Old State House in Boston: "Puritans at Home: A Conversation about Marriage, Love, and Family." Discussion followed. This event took place from 7-8 p.m.
  • 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.