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Featured Events

AUG
29
7:30 PM

Melissa Etheridge @ Boarding House Park


Academy Award and Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge will take the stage with her band to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., as well as some of her greatest hits. Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics, blazing guitar and riveting stage presence, Melissa will share stories about her remarkable life. Tickets $64 in advance/$164 premium/$70 day of concert.

AUG
29
8:00 PM

Opening Week: DifferenceMaker Launch


This year we are bringing you two amazing speakers, Kane Smego and Dr. Romano.  With a mix of spoken word, personal stories, and some group dialogue these two presenters will definitely inspire you to make an impact on society!

AUG
31
10:00 AM

Opening Week: New Student Convocation


This event is the formal welcome for all students entering into the UMass Lowell academic community. It serves as the ceremonial start for our new students, just as Commencement serves as the ceremonial finish for our seniors. This required freshmen event is the highlight of Opening Week and the official launch of the academic year. Celebrate the official start of the academic year with faculty, staff, the Chancellor and featured speaker.

AUG
31
12:00 PM

Opening Week: Club Fair & BBQ


With over 200+ organizations there is definitely something for for everyone.  Experience all you can get involved in this year at Club Fair! Immediately following Convocation, there will be a free BBQ.

SEP
05
10:00 AM

Trains & Trolleys Walk with Chris Hayes


Lowell was a leader in the early railroad industry and featured a comprehensive streetcar network. On this walk, learn about these and future plans for trolleys and public transportation in the city. Chris Hayes is a transportation planner and coauthor of the Learning Lowell blog. A free tour begins at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center at 246 Market St., Lowell. The tour lasts 90 minutes, requires no advance registration, involves a moderate amount of walking and is conducted rain or shine.

SEP
12
10:00 AM

Lowell Walk: Renewing the Acre with Dave Ouellette


Long home to successive immigrant groups, in the 1980s the Acre was troubled by crime, drugs and dilapidated buildings. Since then, the neighborhood has been transformed by new and revived housing and businesses with a revived neighborhood spirit. Dave Ouellette is the founder of ACTION (The Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood). A free tour begins at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center at 246 Market St., Lowell. The tour lasts 90 minutes, requires no advance registration, involves a moderate amount of walking and is conducted rain or shine.

SEP
13
10:00 AM

Backyard Sunday River Festival @ Tsongas Center


Join us at the Tsongas Center for the final Backyard Sunday River Festival of 2015! Open air market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including our guests the Lowell Humane Society, Mill City Grows, and American Student Assistant's $ALT Truck!  Krewe de Groove takes the Lowell Jewelry & Loan stage from 3 to 5 p.m.! Market is free, parking is free, concert is free, food and beverage available all day at Aramark's backyard concession stand. (Wine and Beer available only during concert portion.) Blankets and lawn chairs welcome! For more information about the Festival or becoming a vendor contact 978-934-5536.

SEP
15
5:30 PM

""E" is for Elephants": The Etchings of Edward Gorey


The UMass Lowell Department of Art & Design is pleased to present an exhibition of prints by world-renowned author and illustrator, Edward Gorey. The exhibition will be on view in the University Gallery from Sept. 1 ¿ Oct. 16. The curator, James Edwards, will give a talk followed by a reception in the University Gallery in Mahoney Hall from 6:30 ¿ 8 p.m.

SEP
21
11:45 AM

Lunchtime Lecture with Howard Bauchner


Lunchtime Lecture on "US Health Care: Important Emerging Policy Issues" at UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center with Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Lunchtime Lectures are co-sponsored by the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures and UMass Lowell Office of Community Relations, with support from Prof. Bill Mass of the UMass Lowell Center for Industrial Competitiveness, the UMass Lowell College of Health Sciences and Lowell General Hospital. The program begins with a light buffet lunch. Reservations are required (seating is limited.) To reserve a seat, contact community@uml.edu call 978-934-2957.

SEP
24
7:00 PM

Thatcher Freund: "Why Your Story Matters"


Moses Parker Greeley Lectures present Thatcher Freund, a journalist and memoir writer, who will talk about the importance of stories in our lives and why it matters that we preserve them at the Pollard Library, 401 Merrimack St, Lowell. Thatcher is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in History, and the Columbia School of Journalism. Our stories matter, and people a thousand years from now will use the stories of people living today to help them better understand themselves. Civilization owes its existence to our ability to tell stories and pass them down.

OCT
04
2:00 PM

Meg Noonan "The Coat Route" @ American Textile History Museum


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures present Meg Lukens Noonan who learned of an unthinkably expensive, handcrafted overcoat that a fourth-generation tailor made for a longtime client and set off on an adventure to understand its provenance, and from that impulse unspooled rich and colorful stories about its components, the centuries-old industry and traditions, and the master craftsmen whose trade is an art form. The Coat Route was named "Best General Nonfiction Book of 2013" by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. The Coat Route is part travelogue, part fashion history and part love song to things of lasting value. The event will be held at the American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton St.

OCT
10
2:00 PM

Tim Z. Hernandez "Searching for the Real Mexican Girl" @ LNHP


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures presents author Tim Z. Hernandez for the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival at the Lowell National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St. In 2010, Hernandez located the real woman behind Jack Kerouac's 'Terry' from On the Road. At age 92, Bea Franco was living in relative obscurity, in Fresno, California. In this presentation, Hernandez will share his journey from research to the writing of his award winning book, MaÑana Means Heaven (University of Arizona Press, 2013), as well as the choices one must make when writing a counter-narrative to Kerouac's portrayal of California's Mexican communities in the late 1940's. Hernandez is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas El Paso's Bilingual M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.

OCT
14
11:30 AM

WE ARE MARKET BASKET: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement that Saved a Beloved Business


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures presents Daniel Korschun "WE ARE MARKET BASKET: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement that Saved a Beloved Business," by Daniel Korschun and Grant Welker. We Are Market Basket is inspiring and instructive as it explores arresting firsthand accounts from the streets and executive suites.
Reservations are required (seating is limited.) To reserve a seat, contact community@uml.edu or call 978-934-2957. Lunchtime Lectures are co-sponsored by the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures and UMass Lowell Office of Community Relations. The program begins with a light buffet lunch.

OCT
15
7:00 PM

Haley Sweetland Edwards "Dancing on the Heads of Snakes" @ Pollard Library


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures presents Haley Sweetland Edwards @ Pollard Library. What does Yemen's collapse mean for Americans, al-Qaeda, and stability in the Middle East? Drawing on years of on-the-ground reporting, the talk will be about the current political, economic, and cultural realities in Yemen. I hope to flesh out recent headlines while simultaneously raising deeper questions about Americans' obligation to that small, war-torn country. In light of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, should the U.S. continue its on-going drone campaign on Yemeni soil? And what can, or should, the United States do to help Yemenis themselves?

OCT
18
2:00 PM

Dylan Craig: "The Return of the Hessians"


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures present Dylan Craig at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center. The figure of the Hessian soldier is a staple of the Revolutionary War mythos, and distancing the inhabitants of the "land of the free" from Britain's "hirelings and slaves" was a cornerstone of early American efforts at establishing a political identity. Globally, however, Hessian troops fought under various nations' flags for almost two hundred years, sometimes on both sides of a war. This is the story of the return of "Hessians" - militarized microstates who serve today's great powers in their quests for local dominance. From Fiji to Estonia, Brunei to Tonga, Hessians are once again on the march. What is the significance of this return to old techniques?

OCT
23
7:00 PM

Sounds of Portugal Fado Performance


Celebrate the sounds of Portugal during a Fado performance in Durgin Hall produced by the Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at UMass Lowell. The performance is sponsored by the UMass Lowell College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, the Office of University Advancement and the Office of Community Relations. Tickets are $30 & $100. To obtain tickets visit alumni.uml.edu/fado, call 978-934-2957 or email Saab-Pedroso_portuguesectr@uml.edu

OCT
25
2:00 PM

Willem Lange: "A Yankee Notebook"


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures present Emmy-winner Willem Lange at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center. Lange has worked as a ranch hand, Adirondack guide, preacher, construction laborer, cab driver, bartender, high school English teacher and Outward Bound instructor. Since 1981 he has been writing a weekly column, "A Yankee Notebook," which appears in several New England newspapers. He's a commentator/host for Vermont Public Radio and both Vermont and New Hampshire Public Television. Lange received four Emmy nominations and won one for his work as the host of New Hampshire Public Television's award-winning show "Windows to the Wild."

NOV
01
2:00 PM

Andrew Smith & David Moore: "The First Primary"


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures present "The First Primary," a concise history and its impact on presidential politics. Andrew E. Smith and David W. Moore offer an analysis of its media coverage along with a discussion of how New Hampshire's electorate reflects or diverges from national opinions. Why does New Hampshire deserve such a disproportionate impact on America's political system? Come and find out all you political junkies and scientists.

NOV
08
2:00 PM

Madelyn Shaw: "A Downton Abbey Fashion Primer"


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures presents Madelyn Shaw "A Downton Abbey Fashion Primer, 1912-1925" at the American Textile History Museum. The time span of the BBC drama Downton Abbey encompasses some of the most momentous social upheaval in British and American society, and the show's designers use the costumes to define character and the character's place in society.  Join cultural historian Madelyn Shaw, Curator of Textiles for The Smithsonian Institution, for a look at where-sartorially-the Grantham family, their servants, and their social circle have been and where they are heading. Feel free to dress for the occasion!

MAY
14
8:00 AM

University Commencement


Commencement Day at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Two ceremonies will be performed at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.