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NEWS FROM UML Sept. 19, 2006


Sept. 19, 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.”

Torture Survivor, Human Rights Advocate to Speak
Dr. Juan Almendares was Recipient of Barbara Chester Award

When:  Thursday, Sept. 21, 3 to 4 p.m.

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

What:  During the 1980s ߝ a time of political upheaval, terror and repression in much of Central America ߝ physician Juan Almendares became known internationally as a human rights advocate and as president of the National University of Honduras. As an outspoken advocate for victims of torture, Almendares found himself on hit lists of paramilitary death squads and was subjected to torture himself. He has continued working on human rights, receiving the 2001 Barbara Chester Award for groundbreaking efforts with prisoners, torture victims and indigenous and poor people. He has also promoted ecological protection and reduction of health disparities in Honduras and around the world.  Almendares will speak on “Ecology, Health and Human Rights in Honduras.”

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 Third 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

Car Wash will Benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
When:  Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where:  Heritage Farm Ice Cream, 163 Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell

What:    A “free for donations” car wash to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be offered by UMass Lowell’s Honors Program, Wiseguys Club and Alpha Lambda Delta.
Contact:   Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233 or

Silver Leaf Gospel Singers to Perform
Group Explores the History of Black Gospel Music

When:  Thursday, Sept. 28, 12:30-2 p.m.

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

What:    The Silver Leaf Gospel Singers of Boston will lecture and perform “A History of Black Gospel Music.” The Silver Leafs, an eight-member a cappella group, is led by 84-year-old Deacon Randy Green. The event is sponsored by the UML Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Music Department. The performance is open to students, staff, faculty and the greater Lowell community. It is one of a series of performances and lectures offered in Prof. Jeffrey Gerson’s Politics and Music class.
Contact:   Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233 or

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