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News from UML Nov. 8, 2005


Nov. 8, 2005: A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications Office, 978-934-3224. For more stories on UML, visit and click on “UML in the News.”

Lowell City Elections Roundtable: A Post-Election Discussion

When:  Thursday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. ߝ 12:15 p.m.

Where: McGauvran Student Union, Room 334, UML South,
        71 Wilder St., Lowell

What:  Lowell Sun reporter Michael LeFleur will join City Councilor Rita Mercier and Attorney Arthur Sullivan for a post-election discussion with students in an undergraduate class, Politics of Race and Ethnicity, taught by Assoc. Prof. Jeffrey Gerson.

Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

Film and Its Director Look at Politics of Hate in India

When:  Sunday, Nov. 13, 5 ߝ 8:10 p.m. (film), then discussion with the director

Where: Lydon Library Multi-Purpose Room (basement of Alumni-Lydon Library) UML North, One University Ave., Lowell
What:  Rakesh Sharma, director of the Indian documentary “Final Solution,” comes to UMass Lowell for a screening. He is available to answer questions following the film.
        The film examines the aftermath of the deadly violence that followed the burning of 58 Hindus on the Sabarmati Express train at Godhra on February 27, 2002. In reaction to that incident, some 2,500 Muslims were murdered, hundreds of women raped, and more than 200,000 families driven from their homes. Set in Gujarat, India, the film graphically documents the changing face of right-wing politics in India. As the film’s title suggests, its director wishes to expose what he calls 'Indian Fascism.'
        Director Sharma’s U.S. tour includes this stop in Lowell. For more information go to: The event is co-sponsored by Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia, Greater Lowell Peace and Justice, and UMass Lowell’s Departments of Regional Economic and Social Development (RESD) and Sociology.

Meet Merrimack Valley Authors
Jane Brox, Mary McGarry Morris and John Hanson Mitchell Will Read

When:  Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
Where: O’Leary Library Room 222, UML South, 66 Wilder St., Lowell
What:   Three well-known authors from the Merrimack Valley come to campus to talk about their books and sign them.
 Jane Brox, currently of Maine, writes about the family farm she grew up on in nearby Dracut. She received the 1996 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for the best book by a New England author for “Here and Nowhere Else.” She has also penned “Five Thousand Days Like this One” and “Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm.”  Mary McGarry Morris of Andover has written “Songs in Ordinary Time,” “A Hole in the Universe” and “The Lost Mother,” while John Hanson Mitchell of Littleton has written “Walking Toward Walden,” “Ceremonial Time” and “Looking for Mr. Gilbert.”
 Part of the Merrimack Valley Author Series, the event is sponsored by the Friends of the UMass Lowell Libraries and the Parker Foundation.
Contact:  Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

Internationally Recognized Magician Brings Career Magic to Campus

When:  Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Alumni Library, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell

What:  Magician and UMass Lowell alumnus George Saterial, ’84, will bring his out-of-the-box thinking to campus, using magic to demonstrate the ways in which people can expand opportunities by looking at their careers creatively.
  UMass Lowell’s Office of Career Services is sponsoring the event.
Contact:   Elizabeth James, University Communications, 978-934-3226


Volunteers Help Lowell High Seniors with College Applications
When:             Thursday, Nov. 17, 2-4 p.m.
Where:            UML Center for Family, Work and Community
         Wannalancit Mill, 500 Suffolk St., Lowell
What:              UMass Lowell faculty and staff, and community members are helping Lowell High School seniors as they think about college and college applications. More than 15 volunteers will review college essays, application forms and test score in sessions organized by the Gear Up Lowell Partnership, a federally funded program to increase the number of students going to college. The Gear Up program’s services ߝ mentoring, tutoring, enrichment and parent assistance ߝ begin when students are in middle school. Some of the current high school seniors were the first to have received those services when they were in middle school.
Contact:  Sandra Seitz, 978/934-3225, or

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