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Free Lunchtime Lecture Series Is Open to Public

LOWELL, Mass. ߞ; Experts will share their views and expertise on some of the hottest topics in today’s society ߝ including technology, the economy and health care ߝ through UMass Lowell’s Lunchtime Lecture Series, which presents speakers from both the university community and the business world throughout the academic year.

All lectures take place at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required a week prior to each event and a complimentary buffet lunch will be supplied.

The programs include:

  • Monday, Nov. 8, noon to 1:30 p.m., “Recovering from the Bubble Economy.” Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., will discuss the economic issues the country faces in an easily understandable way. Baker has written a number of books on the subject, including one for which the discussion is named. He has also previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Reservations required by Nov. 1.
  • Monday, March 28, noon to 1:30 p.m., “Diversity in Health Care.” UMass Lowell Asst. Prof. Margaret Knight is a certified psychiatric mental health nurse specialist who has extensive experience in the field. She has been an active member in health care associations, including president of the Eta Omega Chapter of the international nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau. Reservations are required by March 21.
  • Monday, April 25, noon to 1:20 p.m., “Transforming Learning with Technology: Reality and Controversy.” UMass Lowell Prof. Regina Panasuk has worked for more than 15 years to improve mathematics education for students in kindergarten through high school. She has worked closely with both the university and the city of Lowell to show the importance of helping teachers work with their students and better education as a whole. Reservations are required by April 18.

“The Lunchtime Lectures series was launched as a way to enrich campus and community programs at the Inn & Conference Center, which is becoming an intellectual and cultural hub downtown,” said Paul Marion, UMass Lowell executive director of Community and Cultural Affairs.

This program is co-sponsored by the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures, Middlesex Community College, UMass Lowell Assoc. Prof. Bill Mass and the UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas. To reserve a seat for any of the programs, contact Paul Marion, or 978-934-3107.

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. The university offers its 14,000 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