News from UMass Lowell for Week of Nov. 19, 2012

Story and Source Ideas for Journalists

11/19/2012


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 about UMass Lowell, visit www.uml.edu and click on “News.” In case of inclement weather, call UMass Lowell’s weather hotline at 978-934-2121; if the university is closed, all events are canceled. Please note that contact names below are for the media and are not for publication.


Sources of the week: UMass Lowell experts on Middle East foreign policy can discuss the violence in the region. The university’s economics experts can provide analysis on the looming federal “fiscal cliff” and potential effects on taxpayers, government and more.


UMass Lowell, Raytheon Explore International Partnership
Grammy Winner Performs for Campus, Public
Music Students, Faculty Share Talents at Free Holiday Concerts
‘Islam Explained’ Series Explores Religion’s Facets
Human Rights Activist Shares Experiences with the KONY 2012 Phenomenon
Mortgage Expert Speaks about Reckless Credit, Regulatory Failure
Temple Leader Discusses Buddhism, Holds Meditation Session
U.S. and China’s Pursuit of Solar Energy Examined

 

UMass Lowell, Raytheon Explore International Partnership

When:        Monday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m. 
 
What:         UMass Lowell and Raytheon Company will announce plans to explore an international partnership that could represent an investment by both partners in the future of a Middle East nation. Representatives of UMass Lowell and Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business will sign a memorandum of understanding to discuss an effort to assist a Middle East nation in diversifying its economy through expanding educational opportunities for its citizens. Scheduled speakers include UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan; Sanjay Kapoor, vice president of Integrated Air & Missile Defense for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business; UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal; and Marcellette Williams, University of Massachusetts senior vice president for academic and student affairs and international relations.

Where:      Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, North Campus, 40 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 
    

Grammy Winner Performs for Campus, Public

When:        Monday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. 
 
What:         Grammy winner Howard Levy and Chris Siebold team up for a free, public concert that displays their distinct musical styles. Levy is a world-renowned pianist and harmonica player. A founding member of the Flecktones, he won a Grammy Award this year for best instrumental composition, “Life in Eleven,” which he co-wrote with Bela Fleck. Siebold is a multifaceted performer and educator who plays guitar, mandolin and percussion.

Where:       Durgin Concert Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 
    

Music Students, Faculty Share Talents at Free Holiday Concerts

When:        Through Tuesday, Dec. 4 
 
What:         Performing in a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles, UMass Lowell music students share their talents during free public, holiday concerts. Performances include:
* Studio Orchestra, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. – Directed by faculty member Walter Platt, the orchestra performs music of influential arrangers and composers for large ensembles, including Gil Evans, Thad Jones, Don Sebesky and Duke Ellington. Durgin Concert Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
* Choral Union, Monday, Nov. 26, 6:30 p.m. – Directed by faculty member Thomas Malone, the Choral Union will perform “What’s Going On?,” the music of Marvin Gaye. Fisher Recital Hall, Durgin Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
* University Wind Ensemble, Monday, Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m. – Directed by faculty member David Martins, the ensemble will perform compositions by Jay Dawson, Percy Grainger and William Schuman, along will new works by David Gillingham and Arnold Rosner. Durgin Concert Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
* Small Jazz Ensemble, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m. – Directed by Platt, the ensemble will perform contemporary and classic works from the bands of Randy and Michael Brecker, Art Blakey and Horace Silver, and original compositions. Durgin Concert Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.
* Glee Club, Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. – Student Jacob Hajjar directs this concert that includes performances by UMass Lowell student vocal groups Hawkapella and Vocality and dance teams. Durgin Concert Hall, South Campus, 35 Wilder St., Lowell.

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 
    

‘Islam Explained’ Series Explores Religion’s Facets

When:        Wednesdays, Nov. 21 and 28, 6 p.m. 
 
What:         The UMass Lowell Muslim Student Association will present a comprehensive study of Islam, covering topics such as articles of faith, worship, purpose of creation and economics. The series, part of International Education Week, will be presented by Prof. M. Riaz Khan of the UMass Lowell Operations and Information Systems Department. The workshop series is free and open to the public.

Where:      Ball Hall, Room 210, North Campus, 185 Riverside St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 
    

Human Rights Activist Shares Experiences with the KONY 2012 Phenomenon

When:        Monday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. 
 
What:         In his second visit to campus this year, international human-rights activist John Prendergast, UMass Lowell’s 2012 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies, will discuss the social-media impact and prospects for success of the KONY 2012 video that seeks to bring accused Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony to justice. Prendergast appears in the video produced by Invisible Children, which hopes to see Kony arrested by the end of the year. Viewed more than 80 million times online, the video became an Internet sensation last spring. Joining in the discussion will be UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern. Prendergast has spent more than 25 years working to stop human-rights violations around the world and foster peace in Africa. Co-founder of The Enough Project, he is also a board member of Not on Our Watch, a humanitarian-aid group established by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle. Prendergast has worked for the Clinton administration, the U.S. Department of State, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the National Intelligence Council, the International Crisis Group and the U.S. Institute of Peace, among others. The event is sponsored by the UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies Committee and the UMass Lowell Peace and Conflict Studies Institute.

Where:       O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 
    

Mortgage Expert Speaks about Reckless Credit, Regulatory Failure

When:        Monday, Nov. 26, noon 
 
What:         Lawyer and author Kathleen Engel – a national authority on mortgage finance and regulation, subprime and predatory lending and housing discrimination – will discuss “Reckless Credit, Regulatory Failure and Next Steps,” the topic of her recent book. Engel, who advises federal and state agencies on loan financing issues, served for three years on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board. Her talk is presented by UMass Lowell’s College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Health and Environment, the Economic and Social Development of Regions Program, the Climate Change Initiative and the Center for Industrial Competitiveness. 
 
Where:      O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 500M, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 
    

Temple Leader Discusses Buddhism, Holds Meditation Session

When:        Tuesday, Nov. 27, 4 p.m.    
 
What:         Vice Abbot Ajahn David Chutiko, a leader of the Wat Buddhabhavana Temple (Great Wisdom Center) in Westford, will discuss the tenets of Buddhism and lead a meditation session after his talk. Ordained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand in 1996, he co-leads the temple, which welcomes people of all backgrounds. The talk, one of UMass Lowell’s “Focus on Faith Forums,” is presented by the Interfaith Student Association as part of the university’s participation in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge for the academic year.

Where:       Alumni Hall, North Campus, 84 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 
    

U.S. and China’s Pursuit of Solar Energy Examined

When:      Monday, Nov. 30, noon 
 
What:         UMass Lowell alumnus Matthew Hopkins ’10, a research associate at the UMass Lowell Center for Industrial Competitiveness, will discuss “Clean Tech and Capital: Solar Energy in the U.S. and China.” Hopkins is also a research associate at the nonprofit Academic-Industry Research Network. His talk is presented by UMass Lowell’s College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the School of Health and Environment; the Economic and Social Development of Regions Program; the Climate Change Initiative; and the Center for Industrial Competitiveness.

Where:       O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 500M, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for media: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu