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NEWS FROM UML Sept. 13, 2006


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.”

Michelle Willson and Evil Gal Festival Orchestra Offers “Bluesology 101”
Blues Act Kicks Off Semester’s “Politics and Music” Class

When:  Thursday, Sept. 14, 12:30 ߝ 2 p.m.

Where:  McGauvran Courtyard, Wilder Street, UML South

What:     Michelle and her “Evil Gal” band won the annual Boston Battle of the Blues Bands in 1992 and since have received acclaim nationally and internationally. The band will lecture and perform for Prof. Jeffrey Gerson’s Politics and Music class.

Other performers scheduled to appear this semester include:

Sept. 28:  Silver Leaf Gospel Singers, an a capella gospel group from Roxbury, MA

Oct. 12:   Peter Guralnick performance and talk, “The Civil Rights Movement and R&B”

Nov.  2:   Tufts University Music Prof. Paul Lehrman will perform his computer piece tribute to John Lennon and speak on the history of electronic and computer music.

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

Silka Talks About Community-University Partnerships 
She Asks, “How Do We Achieve the Promise”

When:  Monday, Sept. 18, 12 noon

Where: Room 500M O’Leary Library, 61 Wilder Street, UML South

What:  Prof. Linda Silka will speak about community-university partnerships. As director of UMass Lowell’s Center for Family, Work and Community, she oversees multiple partnership projects. Among the projects:
* School programs such as Gear-Up and Partnership for Success, which promote college preparation at Lowell High School and beyond;
* The Environmental Justice program, which addresses the environmental health concerns of families living in poorer communities;
* The Healthy Homes project, aimed at increasing awareness of health issues inside Lowellians’ homes.
      The Center’s “research in action” has rendered Silka a nationally recognized expert. She is editor of a recently released Housing and Urban Development (HUD) volume, “Scholarship in Action: Applied Research and Community Change.”

Contact: Sandra Seitz, University Communications, 978-934-3225

NOVA Film on Population Explosion to be Viewed and Discussed
“World in the Balance” is Part of Common Text Film Series

When:  Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.

Where:   O’Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder Street, UML South

What:  The World in the Balance, a NOVA film on population expansion and contraction ߝ depending on the poverty level of the country ߝ will be shown as part of the English Department’s Common Text Film Series.

Students, faculty, staff and the public are welcome to attend all films in the series, which are followed by discussion.  The Common Text, which all freshmen are reading, is Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Last American Man. Films were chosen to engender discussion of some aspect of the book.

The series opened on Tuesday, Sept. 12th with American Beauty. Films will be shown every Tuesday evening throughout the semester. For a complete listing, go to

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

It’s a Small World at UML
Annual “Culture Shock” will Celebrate Students’ Origins
Friday, September 22, 1-4 p.m.

Where: South Campus Quad, Wilder Street, UML South

What:  If the world is a “global village”, then UML with its 65 or so countries represented on campus is a small neighborhood.  The 3rd Annual Culture Shock will celebrate this fact with an afternoon of food and fun presented by the many different cultural student organizations on campus.  The event will feature ethnic food, Arabic and Bachata music, and more.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Multicultural Affairs and the Council on Diversity & Pluralism.
Contact:   Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233 or

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