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Nov. 26, 2007: This is a notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Office of Public Affairs, 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.

House of Sand and Fog Author Joins Urban Village Arts Series

When: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: 246 Market St., Lowell

What:   The Urban Village Arts Series (UVAS) invites artists to perform for 20 minutes each at free monthly events. This month, Andre Dubus III, author of “House of Sand and Fog” and UMass Lowell assistant professor of English, joins musician and songwriter T.W. Walsh, musician and ukulele master Melvern Taylor, and poet Jean Monahan.  Refreshments are served. UVAS is cosponsored by the Lowell Poetry Network with funding from the Joseph P. Healey and Public Service Endowment Grants and the University of Massachusetts President’s Creative Economy Fund.  Additional support comes from the UMass Lowell Office of Outreach, UMass Lowell English Department, Dr. Melissa Pennell, the Lowell National Park, Lowell: The Flowering City and the Lowell Heritage Partnership.  

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or

Commissioned Quilts Highlight UMass Lowell/Lowell Diversity

When:   Thursday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m.

Where:    Southwick Hall Dining Lounge, One University Ave., UML North, Lowell

What:  As a way to raise campus awareness and appreciation for diversity, UMass Lowell’s Council on Diversity and Pluralism commissioned two groups to sew quilts for permanent display in a UMass Lowell common area ߝ the entrance to one of  the main student, faculty and staff dining areas. Those quilts, completed by last summer, will be hung in their permanent location at a special ceremony. A theme of the Merrimack River ߝ how it has united many different cultures ߝ was used in developing the quilts. Fabric scraps that represented the personal ethnic histories were donated by members of the UMass Lowell community and pieces were added by the quilters ߝ Patchwork Pals of Lowell and the New England Quilt Museum Group. Members of the quilting teams will be on hand, as well as University officials and members of the Council on Diversity and Pluralism. The Council also sponsored a diversity quotes contest to engage faculty, staff and students in selecting quotations for benches located across UML’s East Campus and UML North. The winning quotations will be read and their nominees’ recognized at the Nov. 29 event.

Contact for Media: Renae Lias Claffey, Office of Public Affairs, 978-934-3233,

A Holiday Celebration of Peace
When:  Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m.
Where:  UMass Lowell Center for the Arts, UML South, Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder   St., Lowell

What:  Grammy-nominated singer John McCutcheon’s special holiday family presentation “Living and Celebrating Peace Holiday Concert” is appropriate for all ages. McCutcheon's 24 recordings have garnered honors including five consecutive Grammy nominations for Best Children's Recording. 

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or

Poetry Network Features Member Readings

When:  Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Whistler House Museum, Worthen Street, Lowell

What: Members of the Lowell Poetry Network will give public readings of their own work.  Poets include Paul Marion, executive director of Community Outreach at UMass Lowell and author of several collections of poetry including “Hit Singles and Strong Place,” and Anne Murphy, UMass Lowell adjunct professor of English, whose work has been published in the Notre Dame English Journal, Renovation Journal, and The Offering. Other readers include Walter Bacigalupo, Judith Bessette, Al Bouchard, Rita Lipman, Ed Marshall, Paula McCarron, Bill Perrault and Janet Stevens.  For more information, visit

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or

Community Breakfast Focuses on Child Care Challenges

When:   Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Where:  Casey Family Services, 18 Palmer St., Lowell
What:    A panel of three local leaders will discuss how Lowell can become a  model for child care.  University of Massachusetts Lowell graduate students and child care leaders will facilitate conversation and provide tip sheets and other resources.  Panelists include: Anita Moeller of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Michael Gallagher of Enterprise Bank, and Bopha Tran, a provider/home visitor with Acre Family Day Care.  The event is cosponsored by the UMass Lowell graduate course in Advanced Community Dynamics and the Acre Family Day Care.

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or
Agencies Honor Chancellor Marty Meehan with Lamp of Liberty Award

When:  Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Stonehedge Inn, 160 Pawtucket Boulevard, Tyngsboro

What: The annual Lamp of Liberty Award honors a member of the Lowell community who has made an outstanding contribution to society by helping newcomers find their way. As the congressman representing the Fifth District from 1993 to 2007 before being named UMass Lowell’s chancellor, Meehan used his position on the House Judiciary Committee to fight for the rights of new immigrants, ensuring them access to necessities like education, employment, health care and social justice. The award was founded by the Lowell Community Health Center and International Institute of Lowell, and all proceeds from the event will go to benefit the agencies. Tickets are $85 and available by Nov. 30 by calling 978-459-9031 ext. 31 or by e-mailing

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or

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