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UMass Lowell This Week: Events Celebrate ‘Star Wars,’ Lowell’s Mill Girls

Experts: Impeachment Trial; Future of Streaming Services

Lowell Mill Girls - credit UMass Lowell with photo
UMass Lowell's Bridget Marshall, an expert on the life of Lowell's mill girls of the mid-1800s, will lead a program about them on Wednesday, Jan. 29.


Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, and Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,

This is a notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell. In case of inclement weather, call UMass Lowell’s weather hotline at 978-934-2121; if the university is closed, on-campus events are canceled. For more, visit

Sources of the week: 
UMass Lowell faculty experts are available to discuss: 
  • The impeachment trial, which begins today, including the debate over the timing and process, and the public’s views on removing President Trump from office; 
  • Whether the market can support the number of streaming services as NBC prepares to launch Peacock.
Contact UMass Lowell media relations if you need an expert source on any subject.

Upcoming events:

‘Star Wars’ Night Brings Out the Force in Hockey Fans

When and where: Saturday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m. Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

What: The nationally ranked UMass Lowell River Hawks tap into “the force” when the men’s ice hockey team takes on the Boston University Terriers on “Star Wars” Night. More than 30 characters from the epic film series will be available for photos with fans and there will be a variety of movie-themed activities and giveaways throughout the game. Tickets to the Hockey East matchup are available at the Tsongas Center box office, at or by calling 866-722-8780.

Lowell Mill Girls’ Place in History Explored at Free Program

When and where: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. Campus Recreation Center, East Campus, 322 Aiken St., Lowell

What: The cultural contributions and experiences of young women who worked in Lowell’s textile factories in the mid-1800s will be examined at a free program for the public led by Bridget Marshall, a UMass Lowell associate professor of English who has conducted extensive research on the topic. The program is offered through the university’s Learning in Retirement Association (LIRA). Members of the public who would like more information should email

Program Brings International Teachers to Local Classrooms

When and where: Thursday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m. United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), 35 Warren St., Lowell

What: More than 20 teachers from around the world who are participating in the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program will be will be welcomed to UMass Lowell at this event. Hosted by the university’s College of Education, the six-week cultural exchange program enables participants to gain field experience alongside teachers at middle and high schools in Andover, Chelmsford, Leominster, Lowell and Westford. The visiting teachers will also attend professional development programs and share best practices with fellow teachers, along with UMass Lowell faculty, staff and students. The program is coordinated through the International Research and Exchanges Board and funded by the U.S. Department of State. Note: This event is not open to the general public but media are invited to cover it.

Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists to Lead Forum on Funding   

When and where: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m. Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), UMass Lowell Innovation Hub, Fourth Floor, 110 Canal St., Lowell. Note: This event is rescheduled from Wednesday, Jan. 8.

What: Medical device and biotechnology entrepreneurs can learn more about venture funding for startups from experts in the field. Speakers are scheduled to include Bill Yelle, a faculty member in UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business and entrepreneur-in-residence at Partners Innovation Fund; Nancy Briefs, co-founder and CEO of Altrix Bio; Dr. Maria Berkman, director, Broadview Ventures; and Vinit Nijhawan, interim executive director at the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center. The event is presented by the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), a joint venture of UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School that helps medical-device and biotech startups bridge the gap between idea and market. Admission is $20 per person at the door or $10 in advance via online registration at