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NEWS FROM UML Sept. 26, 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.” Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not intended to be published.

Former Vice President of Sierra Leone to Speak
When:  Wednesday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. to 12 noon

Where: Coburn Hall, Room 205, UML South, 850 Broadway St., Lowell

What:  Albert Demby, M.D., former Vice President of Sierra Leone, will speak about the causes of the recent war there and its impact on the country’s economic and social development. Dr. Demby served as Vice President from March 1996, when multi-party elections ended four years of military rule, until 2002. He became the principal advisor to President Tejan Kabba.  At that time, the country was experiencing one of the most brutal rebel wars in West Africa.  The elected leaders, with assistance from other countries, successfully ended the fighting with a peace accord. The Political Science Department, The Office of the Provost and the Global Studies Program are sponsoring this speaker for Associate Prof. Aart Holtslag’s International Relations class.

Contact:   Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233 or renae_lias@uml.ed

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

UMass Lowell’s Kids and Parents are the Focus of Family Day

When:  Saturday, Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: South Campus Quad, near 61 Wilder St., UML South

What:  “Family Day” is offered annually for families of the roughly 12,000 students, faculty and staff at UML. It features food and drink, booths, games and more.
Contact:   Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233 or

Forging Partnerships: the Worcester UniverCity Experience

When:              Monday, October 2, 12 noon

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

What:             Armand Carriere is the founding Executive Director of the Worcester UniverCity Partnership, a unique collaboration among the colleges of the Worcester Consortium, the city of Worcester, and the local Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce and Worcester Business Development Corporation.  The collaboration encourages the colleges and universities of the area to engage in helping the general development of the city of Worcester. 

Sandra Seitz, 978-934-3225,

The Countdown Begins for the On the Road Scroll Roadshow
Kickoff Fundraiser Features Readings, Music and More

When:  Friday, Oct. 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St., Lowell

The evening will feature:
* Readings by two past UML Kerouac writers-in-residence, David Daniel and Major  Jackson
* Musical performance by singer/songwriter Frank Morey
* New details about next summer’s exhibit of the scroll, which Kerouac typed on sheets of taped-together tracing paper
* Refreshments and cash bar
    Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students. They can be purchased by sending a check or money order to On the Road in Lowell, c/o Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL), 338 Market St.Lowell, MA 01852 or by visiting the COOL website:   

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

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