UML News for Week of Nov. 17, 2008

11/17/2008
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

Nov. 17, 2008: 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, visit www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.” Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not intended to be published.

Click on the following links to learn what else is going on at UMass Lowell:

‘Exploring Faith’ Gets Philosophical About Religion
Pulitzer-Nominated Poet Joins Performers at Free Urban Village Art Series
Speak with the Artist Behind New Exhibit that Finds Art in Engineering
Fall Semester Concerts Kick Off With Two Performances
Outsourcing of Technology and Jobs is Topic of RESD Lecture
Get the Season Started with the City of Lights Parade, Holiday Art Stroll

‘Exploring Faith’ Gets Philosophical About Religion
 
When:    
        Tuesday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m.
 
What:             Faculty members from the Philosophy Department will discuss questions of faith and religion from a philosophical perspective. Questions about the meaning of life, personal existence, how faith is lived out as life and whether there is conflict between faith and reason. Led by Philosophy Department Chairman Whitley Kaufman and organized by Bernadine Kensinger, director of UMass Lowell’s Catholic Campus Ministry, the program looks at those questions through the perspective of many religions from Christianity and Judaism to Buddhism and Hinduism.
 
Where:          Fox Hall, First Floor, Multi-Purpose Room, UML East, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell

Contact for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Pulitzer-Nominated Poet Joins Performers at Free Urban Village Art Series

When:            Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
 
What:            The Urban Village Art Series (UVAS) invites artists to perform for 20 minutes each at free monthly events. This month, Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet Sarah Getty will read from her works, singer/songwriter Jen Kearney will perform and New Orleans blues guitar player Jeremy Lyons will play. Refreshments will be 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, Prof. Melissa Pennell, Lowell National Park, The Flowering City and the Lowell Heritage Partnership.  
 
Where:          National Park Visitors Center, 246 Market St., Lowell

Contact for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Speak with the Artist Behind New Exhibit that Finds Art in Engineering 
 
When:   
        Artist talk is Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 3 to 5 p.m.; exhibit runs through Thursday, Dec. 11. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
What:            Engineering projects from aqueducts to electrical substations and oil refineries inspire Jamey Morrill’s “Grid.”  It is a modular installation made of PVC pipe and wood that uses floor-based interconnected forms for a pared-down tribute to the natural evolution of complex infrastructure from simple forms. Morrill will discuss his work at the artist talk.

Where:          University Gallery, McGauvran Student Union, First Floor, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Michele Gagnon, University Gallery, 978-934-3491 or Michele_Gagnon@uml.edu, or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Fall Semester Concerts Kick Off With Two Performances

When:           University Wind Ensemble, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.; University Orchestra, Thursday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
 
What: 
           The University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Prof. David Martins, and the University Orchestra, directed by Prof. Kay George Roberts, kick off the fall concert season at UMass Lowell with free performances this week that are open to the public. Other upcoming events (all starting at 7:30 p.m. in Durgin Hall) include the University Choirs on Wednesday, Dec. 3, String Ensemble on Thursday, Dec. 4, Percussion Ensemble on Monday, Dec. 8, Concert Band on Tuesday, Dec. 9 and Senior Performance Recital on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Where:          Durgin Hall Concert Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

Contact for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Outsourcing of Technology and Jobs is Topic of RESD Lecture

When:            Monday, Nov. 24, noon to 2 p.m.

What:            Ron Hira of the Rochester Institute of Technology presents “Outsourcing America’s Technology and Knowledge Jobs” in the latest installment of the lecture series being presented this fall by the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development Center for Industrial Competitiveness and sponsored by the Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Program. Admission is free.
 
Where:          O’Leary Library, Room 500M, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contact for Media:    Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu

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Get the Season Started with the City of Lights Parade, Holiday Art Stroll

When:
            Saturday, Nov. 29; Art Stroll, noon to 4:30 p.m.; parade, 4:30 p.m.; choral concert, 6:30 p.m.

What:            Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Lowell’s 2008 City of Lights celebration. Food, music and shopping will be featured during the Holiday Art Stroll, followed by a parade winding through downtown featuring the UMass Lowell Marching Band. There will also be free trolley rides that include hot cocoa, treats and readings of “The Polar Express.” To cap off the night, Mayor Edward “Bud” Caulfield will turn on the lights illuminating the city and the countdown to Winterfest will begin. Visitors can also enjoy a choral concert at St. Anne’s Church on Merrimack Street. For a full schedule and event locations, visit www.cultureiscool.org.

Where:         Throughout downtown Lowell

Contact for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912, Morgan_Hough@uml.edu

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