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Sept 27, 2005 - News from UMass Lowell


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.”

Click on the following links to learn more about what’s in this issue:

Joan Rothchild Will Read from Dream of the Perfect Child

Family Day Brings Free Music, Activities

“Parachute” Arrives to Help Students with Career Choices 

And the Beat Goes On: Kerouac Conference Turns 10 

Joan Rothschild Will Read from Dream of the Perfect Child

When:       Thursday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.

Where:     O’Leary Library Room 222, 66 Wilder St., UML South

What:       Technology, through prenatal testing and other means, allows for reproductive choices that potential parents have been making for some time now. Emerita UMass Lowell faculty member Joan Rothchild’s book, Dream of the Perfect Child, available now from, examines attitudes toward reproductive technologies and the disabled.

Rothschild will read and discuss her new book as part of the University’s 30th anniversary of the Gender and Women’s Studies program. 

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


  Family Day Brings Free Music and Kids’ Activities to Campus

When:             Saturday, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m. ߝ 3:30 p.m.

Where:            UML South Quad, UMass Lowell South

                        Near Broadway and Wilder Streets

What:              UMass Lowell students, faculty, staff and their families participate in this annual event.  The day’s activities will include musical performances by Stepanian, A Dream that Can Last, and the UMass Lowell marching band. Free activities for kids include pony rides, inflatable games, spin art Frisbees, fishing for fun and photo pillowcases.  More than 30 student organization booths will host various food and games.

Family Day is sponsored by the Campus Activities Programming Association, Residence Hall Association, Student Government Association and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development.

Contact:  Elizabeth James, University Communications, 978-934-3226 or


“Parachute” Arrives to Help Students with Career Choices

When:             All day on Monday, Oct. 3 and Tuesday, Oct. 4

Where:            Oct. 3: UMass Lowell South Quad, near Wilder and Broadway Streets

                        Oct. 4: UMass Lowell North (along University Avenue)

What:             The folks who brought us What Color is your Parachute?, by Richard N. Bolles, are bringing career advice to students at UMass Lowell in the form of the Parachute College Program bus. Staffed with four recent college grads, the bus will be the venue for 20-minute seminars on business life, credit and personal finances and the job application process presented continuously throughout each day.  The Parachute College Program has been brought to campus by the UMass Lowell Career Services Office to supplement their services.

Contact: Elizabeth James, University Communications, 978-934-3226 or


   And the Beat Goes On:Kerouac Conference Turns 10

When:             Thursday, Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

                        Friday, Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Where:            O’Leary Library, Room 222

                        66 Wilder Street, UML South,

What:             The Jack Kerouac Conference on Beat Literature expands to two full days this year, the 10th anniversary of the conference at UMass Lowell.  The schedule includes reflections on Kerouac and his works, scholarly comment, a video screening and readings.

            Keynote speaker Sam Kashner, author of numerous books, recently was featured on a National Public Radio segment on nonfiction writing. He will speak about his memoir, When I Was Cool: My Life at the Jack Kerouac School, at 2 p.m. on Friday.          On Thursday at 7 p.m., two Kerouac-inspired authors will read from their work: UML’s own David Daniel and Christelle Davis of University of Technology Sydney. Poet Nancy Schoenberger of the College of William and Mary also will read. For more information, visit

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


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