NEWS FROM UML March 14, 2006

03/14/2006


A notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Communications Office, 978-934-3224. For more stories on UML, visit www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.”

UML Hosts NIOSH Town Meeting
“Intimate” Discussion Planned
The Science of Literature
Clark/Keefe Leads a Performance About Working-Class Academic Identity
The Iraq War: A View from the Ground
Lowell Students and Teachers Improvise with a Master

UML Hosts NIOSH Town Meeting
Agency Seeking Input on Worker Health and Safety Research Agenda

When:  Monday, March 20 
          9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Town Meeting
       
Where: 2nd Floor, Wannalancit Building, UML East, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

What:   UMass Lowell is hosting one of thirteen National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) town meetings nationwide to let the federal agency know what issues matter in this part of the country, in order to guide the agency’s national research agenda. Its aim is to reduce work-related injury and illness. Other participants will include health and safety researchers, employers, workers, health professionals, professional associations and organized labor representatives. Anyone may register for the meeting online (www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/townhall/default.html) or at the hearing on Monday.
        The event is sponsored by NIOSH, UMass Lowell and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

“Intimate” Discussion Planned
Award-Winning Playwright Nottage’s Work Read by all Freshmen

When:  Tuesday, March 21, 2:00 pm

Where: O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

What:  Lynn Nottage, author of Intimate Apparel, the most-produced play in the country this season, will speak about that play, her work as a playwright and teacher, and her life. As part of the University’s Common Text Program, UMass Lowell freshmen are required to read Intimate Apparel, which won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and enjoyed a recent run at the Merrimack Repertory Theater in Lowell.
        Nottage’s appearance is funded by The Council on Diversity and Pluralism, Freshman Programs, Multicultural Affairs and the Office of the Provost.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

The Science of Literature:
Parker Lecture Features UML English Prof. Todd Avery

When:  Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m.

Where: O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

What:  Asst. Prof. Todd Avery’s  talk on “Monsters, Apes and Nightmares: Close Encounters in Literature and Science” will explore key moments in relationships between literature and science, from Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” to Michael Crichton’s “Jurassic Park” and James Halperin’s “The Last Immortal.”  The talk is offered as part of the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures, sponsored by the M.G. Parker Lectures Committee, in partnership with UMass Lowell, Lowell National Historical Park, Pollard Memorial Library, Whistler House Museum of Art, Revolving Museum, and the New England Quilt Museum. The program is free and open to the public.

Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

Clark/Keefe Leads a Performance About Working-Class Academic Identity

When:  Thursday, March 23, 12-1 p.m.; reception to follow

Where: O’Leary 222, UML South

What:  “Performing Degrees of Separation: An Ourstory About Working-Class and Poverty-Class Academic Identity” is the subject of the next meeting of the Qualitative Research Network. Kelly Clark/Keefe, assistant professor at Appalachian State University in N. Carolina, engages listeners through an interactive performance presentation. Clark/Keefe’s research explores the educational identities and aspirations of students and faculty that are the first generation in their working-class or impoverished families to attend college.

Contact: Sandra_Seitz@uml.edu, Communications Office, 978-934-3224

The Iraq War: A View from the Ground
 
Thursday, March 23, 6 ߝ 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 ߝ 8:45 p.m.

Where: 1st session: 327 Media Center, O’Leary Library
        2nd session: 237 Media Center, O’Leary Library
        UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

What:  Andrew Sapp, Concord-Carlisle High School English teacher and Iraq Veteran Against the War, offers two presentations on his experiences in the war. Sapp served as a Staff Sergeant in Iraq for ten months in 2005 with the 272 Chemical Company, Mass. National Guard. 
        The event is sponsored by the Peace & Conflict Studies Institute (PACSI) and   cosponsored by the departments of Political Science, Regional & Economic & Social Development, and Sociology.

Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233


Lowell Students and Teachers Improvise with a Master

   24, 3:30 ߝ 5 p.m.

Where: Durgin Recital Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

What:  Renowned Latin and Western violinist, teacher and clinician
Jesus Eduardo Florido will perform a special concert in conjunction with improvisation workshops for Lowell music teachers and String Project students. Florido, who has studied under the likes of Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman and Isaac Stern, has
performed extensively in his native Venezuela and in the US, where he currently lives. Florido plays the traditional violin and performs on a “Viper” ߝ a  fretted, seven-stringed electric violin that can make any sound imaginable. The concert is sponsored by the Council for Diversity and Pluralism, the Department of Music, and the UMass Lowell String Project.

Contact: Renae Lias Claffey, University Communications, 978-934-3233

For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224