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Best-Selling Author, UMass Lowell Professor to Speak at ‘One Day UMass’


Andre Dubus III to Speak on Writing, Creativity 

LOWELL, Mass. ߝ Best-selling author Andre Dubus III, an assistant professor of English at UMass Lowell, will be among the prominent faculty to teach at One Day UMass on Thursday, Nov. 12 in Waltham.

Dubus ߝ the author of “House of Sand and Fog,” a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist that became an Oscar-nominated movie ߝ is among the professors representing each University of Massachusetts campus who will deliver short lectures or participate in a panel discussion. Topics range from health care reform and medical breakthroughs to anthropology and the arts. The event, which is open to the public, runs from 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Waltham Woods, 860 Winter St. Admission is $50, which includes six programs as well as breakfast and lunch.

Dubus, who teaches creative writing in UMass Lowell’s Department of English, most recently published “The Garden of Last Days,” a novel set in the days before 9/11 that has garnered critical praise as well as earning a spot on the New York Times bestseller list and is being adapted as a film. During his 40-minute, interactive lecture Dubus will talk about the creative process of writing a novel or other work of fiction and take questions from the audience.

“It’s about the time in the process when the story is writing itself, the most joyous time as a writer,” Dubus says of his lecture’s theme, “What’s a Helpless God to Do?”

In addition to Dubus, the “best-of UMass” event will feature: 

  •  “The Truth About Lying: Recognizing the Liar in Your Life,” Robert S. Feldman, UMass Amherst;
  • “Detection and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Early Childhood,” Alice Carter, UMass Boston; 
  • "Dostum the Taliban Killer: Living with an Afghan Warlord,” Brian Glyn Williams, UMass Dartmouth; 
  • “Novel Retinal Therapies,” Dr. Shalesh Kaushal, UMass Medical School; 
  • “Health Care Reform: What do the Options Mean to Our Economy and Our Care?” a panel discussion moderated J. Lynn Griesemer of the UMass Donahue Institute and featuring experts including UMass faculty, administrators and a trustee.

The program is one in a series of events being presented nationally. The first was held in earlier this year in Florida.

For information on registering for One Day UMass, e-mail or call 978-934-3140.

UMass Lowell, with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 13,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education.

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224