News from UML -- Week of Feb. 19, 2008

02/20/2008
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Feb. 19, 2008: This is a notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Office of Public Affairs, 978-934-3224. For more stories on UML, visit www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.” Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not intended to be published.

Campus Events Focus on Black History Month

15-Minute Features Presents ‘Journeys’

’70s at the Tsongas: Get Down with the River Hawks

UVAS Presents Sports Journalist, Performance, Poet

Poetry Conference Highlights Region’s Writers

Campus Events Focus on Black History Month

A variety of events commemorating Black History Month are scheduled this week and next. They include:

  • Black Inventors Exhibit: Set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, this program showcases renowned black inventors and their work in the fields of science, aerospace, communication, health care, agriculture, transportation and engineering. McGauvran Student Center, Second Floor, UML South, 71 Wilder St., Lowell.
  •  Open Mic Poetry Night: This program, starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, will feature poets LIFE, frequent performers at poetry events in Lowell. All are welcome to share poetry or just enjoy the words and thoughts of others. Fox Hall Multi-Purpose Room, First Floor, UML East, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell.
  • “Our Roots ߝ Black History Month 2008”: This program, set for 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 and Monday, March 3, presents Alex Haley’s “Roots ߝ The Mini-Series,” which traces the history of his family as well as the nation from the Revolutionary War through Emancipation. Fox Hall Multi-Purpose Room, First Floor, UML East, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell.
  • Daryl Davis ߝ “Klan-Destine Relationships”: Davis, an author and musician, is also a race relations expert who infiltrated the Ku Klu Klan and wrote a book about it. At this event, set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, Davis will share his encounters and experiences. Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell.
  •  “Floorlore ߝ A History of Hip Hop”: The Floor Lords have played an important role in the evolution of hip-hop culture for two decades and have performed on TV and in films. See them in person at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29. Admission is $5 in advance (call 978-934-5001) and $10 at the door. Mahoney Hall, UML South, 870 Broadway St., Lowell.

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu.

15-Minute Features Presents ‘Journeys’

What:   Fifteen-Minute Features are one-week student-curated exhibits showcasing artwork from the BFA Art & Design program. This exhibit features photographs, sculpture and video and was organized by UML junior Missy Farmer.

When:    A reception will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. The exhibit runs through Friday, Feb. 22. Gallery hours this week are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
   
Where:    Dugan Hall Art Studios, 883 Broadway St., Lowell
 
Contacts for Media:  Gallery Coordinator Michelle Gagnon, 978-934-3491, or Michele_Gagnon@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu.

’70s at the Tsongas: Get Down with the River Hawks
 
When:   Friday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.

What:     Tie on your dance shoes: Motor Booty Affair, New England’s top disco band is bringing the ’70s to the Tsongas. The band is known for its platform shoes, funky fashions and high-energy performances of classic dance tunes of the disco era. Motor Booty Affair will perform prior to the start of the River Hawks hockey game vs. the University of Vermont Catamounts, as well as during both intermissions. Expect to see some fun, on-ice, ’70s-themed promos during the game. After the hockey action ends, the ice will be covered with a 25-foot-square dance floor so disco fans of all ages can get down during a 45-minute concert. For those who don’t feel like channeling “Saturday Night Fever,” the Talon Club will stay open late. Admission to the game and post-game concert is $14 for adults, $8 for kids and seniors, and $5 for UML faculty who show their ID at the Tsongas Arena box office. For more on Motor Booty Affair, check out www.motorbootyaffair.com.

Where:    Tsongas Arena, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu.

UVAS Presents Sports Journalist, Performance, Poet

When:  Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.

What:  The Urban Village Arts Series (UVAS) presents Fred Nutter, sports producer at Channel 7 and Lowell native, who will show his Emmy-winning piece on featherweight boxer Willie Pep; actors from the Merrimack Repertory Theater will stage a 20-minute presentation of a scene from Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance”; and poet Elizabeth Lund, a Christian Science Monitor reporter who is a finalist for the Brittingham Prize and the Four Way Book Intro Prize, will share her work.

Where:  National Park Visitor Center,  246 Market St., Lowell

Contact for Media: Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu.

Poetry Conference Highlights Region’s Writers
 
What:  Founded in 2005, the New England Poetry Conference features poetry readings and public discussions. This year’s conference includes discussions of Robert Frost’s visual influences in the 1930s, and presentations on the work of Denise Levertov, George Oppen, and other post-war poets.  In addition, the conference will feature New England area writers and contributors to the recently published anthology “French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets.” 
 
When:  Wednesday, Feb. 27. Free and open to the public; pre-registration is not required.
 
Where:  O’Leary Library, Room 222, UML South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. Free parking in the Riverview lot on Broadway and in the visitors’ lot on Wilder Street.

Contact for Media:  Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu