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Meryl Streep Raises $230K for Scholarships at UMass Lowell

Sold-out event at Tsongas Center is second in Chancellor’s Speaker Series

Meryl Streep UMass Lowell Chancellor's Speaker Series


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Tonight’s event, “A Conversation with Meryl Streep,” featured the three-time Oscar winner discussing her career, which includes more than 100 roles on stage and screen and a record-setting number of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. One of the most prolific actresses in history, Streep’s trademarks have been portraying real people, including British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “Iron Lady” and French chef Julia Child in “Julie and Julia,” and her perfectionism in preparing for roles, such as learning to play the violin and mastering countless dialects and accents. She has appeared in notable films such as “The Deer Hunter” and “Kramer vs. Kramer” in the 1970s, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and “Sophie’s Choice” in the 1980s, “Postcards from the Edge” and “The Bridges of Madison County in the 1990s and “Adaptation,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Mamma Mia!” in the 2000s. She stars in the recent release “August: Osage County,” for which she earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and she has three other movies in production, including the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”

Streep’s appearance was co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell English Department’sTheatre Arts Program and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The presenting sponsor was the D’Agostino Family, who used the opportunity to encourage organ and tissue donor registration.

“A Conversation with Meryl Streep” is the second event in the Chancellor’s Speaker Series, which was launched in December 2012 with author Stephen King and raised more than $100,000 for a scholarship fund King and his wife established for UMass Lowell students. 

Best-selling author Andre Dubus III, a professor in UMass Lowell’s English Department, served as the emcee for both the Streep and King events. Dubus said he hopes that UMass Lowell students not only learn from but are inspired by such world-renowned speakers.

“I hope students see these are regular people who do great things and that they realize that they can do great things, too,” said Dubus, who also noted the excitement on campus in the days leading up to tonight’s event with Streep. “When somebody of that stature comes to your school, it sends the message that this is a special place.”

UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 17,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers.