Parker Lecture Commitee

John Carson
Chairperson
William Samaras
Brian Martin
Paul F. Lappin
Executive Secretary

Ex-Officio

Jacqueline Moloney
Chancelor, UMass Lowell
Michael Fiato
Head of Lowell High School

In Cooperation with:

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack Street
New England Quilt Museu
18 Shattuck Street
Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church
6 Kirk Street
Lowell National Historical Park Boott Events Center
115 John Street; second floor

Next Lecture

Sunday
Apr
3
2:00 pm

“THE TAMBURITZANS”

tamberThe Duquesne University Tamburitzans are the longest-running multicultural song and dance company in the United States. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company’s members are full-time Duquesne University students who receive scholarships for their activities. The Tamburitzans mission is twofold: first, to provide deserving students an education; second, to perpetuate the varying folk cultures and traditions of Eastern Europe.

2021-2022 Lectures

Wednesday
Aug
11
11:00 am

“SHINE AND THE MOONBEAMS”

_0004_moonbeamsShine and the Moonbeams have played their special blend of Soul and Funk music for families all over New York City. Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Summer Stage are just a few of the venues that have welcomed them. They invite kids of all ages to make a joyful noise and participate in an interactive journey that is not only creative but educational and socially relevant.

Thursday
Aug
19
11:00 am

“TREND N MOTION HIP HOP DANCE”

_0005_trendTrend n Motion is a diverse team that genuinely loves expressive movement. They came together in 2012 after the loss of a close friend who inspired them to chase a dream with love and passion. Now, Trend n Motion is chasing their dreams using the spirit of dance to highlight how the therapy of expression is beneficial to the quality of life.

Thursday
Sep
9
7:00 pm

Erin R. Corrales-Diaz: “The Iconic Jersey: Baseball X Fashion”

_0003_erinHow much do you know about baseball uniforms? This fascinating topic will explore the boundary of fine art and everyday objects. The Worcester Art Museum has a new exhibit about the history of the American baseball shirt that chronicles the design evolution of baseball jerseys and their impact on street wear and fashion over the past 170 years. Museum curator of American Art, Erin R. Corrales-Diaz, traces the development of the iconic American- style baseball shirt.

Wednesday
Oct
6
7:00 pm

Thomas Anderson: “Bee My Honey!” – Honey Bees, Pollinator Health, and the Great Global Honey Scam.”

_0006_beesLearn about honeybees, what it takes to keep them healthy and happy, and how adulterated honey became one of the biggest agricultural frauds in history! Dr Anderson will bring a few jars of honey to sample and you are encouraged to bring your own favorites to be reviewed and discuss its origins. Dr Anderson holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology and Entomology from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State University. Dr Anderson is a Science Policy Fellow with the Entomology Society of America, and is also a certified beekeeper and a life member of the NC State Beekeepers Association.

Saturday
Oct
9
2:00 pm

Stephen O’Connor: “Writing in Kerouac’s Shadow”

_0002_oconnorJack Kerouac is the only writer from the city of Lowell to have achieved an international reputation, become a cultural icon, (and get a park in his hometown). Contemporary Lowell writer Stephen O’Connor discusses Kerouac as a figure that may illuminate, influence, and at times overshadow the work of other writers in the Mill City. The public may try to define the Lowell writer as “a new Jack Kerouac,” or compare his or her work to Kerouac’s. O’Connor will also discuss his own connections to Kerouac, the Lowell background they share, common influences and differences.

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Saturday
Oct
23
2:00 pm

Laura Petrovich-Cheney: “From Threads to Sawdust”

_0001_cheneyLaura Petrovich-Cheney is a contemporary sculptor, woodworker and artist who creates wall mounted quilts out of salvaged wood. Inspired by the destruction and loss caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Laura collects pieces of wrecked homes in order to piece them – and people’s memories – together in a new way.
In this heartwarming presentation, Laura shares her personal history as a self taught, novice teenage quilter and how her career in the fashion world, experience as an art educator, and ultimately, a devastating hurricane provided the unexpected inspiration for her wood quilts.

This lecture complements the NEQM’s exhibition, Wood Quilts: Works by Laura Petrovich-Cheney, on view October 6 through December 31, 2021. Audience members will receive free admission to examine the exhibit.

Wednesday
Nov
3
7:00 pm

Eric Jay Dolin: “A Furious Sky-The 500 year History of America’s Hurricanes”

_0000_eric dolan“Hurricanes whip up the seas, generate gargantuan waves and mammoth storm surges, and pour down such diluvial quantities of water that they seem to presage the end of time.” As the subtitle promises, the book starts 500 years ago, on Christopher Columbus’s fourth trip to the New World. Understanding a phenomenon and protecting oneself from it are two different things,” writes Dolin. The best preparation needs foreknowledge of trouble, and quality weather forecasting requires a distributed network of people who can communicate observations quickly.
“Seen from space,” Dolin writes, “hurricanes are one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing features in the world. Racing around the globe like downy, spinning pinwheels floating silently above the Earth, their very magnificence belies their dreadful impact on American history.”

Sunday
Nov
14
2:00 pm

Jack Curtis: “Travel to Winesburg, Ohio: Sherwood Anderson’s Literary Masterpiece”

Published in 1919, Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio met with instant acclaim: H.L. Mencken wrote, “Here is a new order of short story – so vivid, so full of insight, so shining life-like, and glowing.” The collection of 22 short stories probed the hopes, dreams and fears of a small mid-western town in the 1880s with startling frankness and realism. It ushered American literature into the modern age, impacting novelists from Hemingway, Faulkner and Steinbeck to Philip Roth and Elizabeth Strout. The lecture will explore the book’s engaging characters, themes, style and portrayal of the human condition and discuss why the book endures. It will also touch on Anderson’s life and the works of his descendants.

The lecturer (OR: Mr. Curtis) suggests reading or listening to Wineburg, Ohio’s opening sections,  “The Book of the Grotesque.” and “Hands” before the lecture. (OPTIONAL: Each story is seven pages.)

— Text (scroll past introduction)
https://www.fulltextarchive.com/page/Winesburg-Ohio1/#p12

— Free Recordings
“The Book of Grotesque”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUNrHS7tAs8

“Hands”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUXgC9zEw2o

 

NOTE: Limited to 18 guests and mask wearing is mandatory. Call 978-970 5000 to reserve you spot.
Saturday
Dec
4
2:00 pm

Matt W. Miller: “Tender the River”

reiverTender the River captures in verse the history and legacy of the Merrimack River Valley, from the various indigenous tribes who first settled here, to the European settlers who supplanted them, to being the birthplace of America’s industrial revolution. The Merrimack River Valley has been America in microcosm.

Sunday
Apr
3
2:00 pm

“THE TAMBURITZANS”

tamberThe Duquesne University Tamburitzans are the longest-running multicultural song and dance company in the United States. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company’s members are full-time Duquesne University students who receive scholarships for their activities. The Tamburitzans mission is twofold: first, to provide deserving students an education; second, to perpetuate the varying folk cultures and traditions of Eastern Europe.

Saturday
Apr
9
1:00 pm

Marjorie Turner Hollman “Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are”

Join Marjorie Turner Hollman will share Easy Walks (not too many roots or walks, relatively level, with something of interest along the way) that are in the greater Lowell area, as well as lots of suggestions, experience, and ideas that can help you have a more positive experience in the outdoors. This lecture will be especially appropriate for elders, those with disabilities or mobility challenges, and families with young children. Hollman also offers advice for clothing choices, hiking poles, back packs, when spending time on local trails. Hollman affirms, “Regardless of your challenges, the outdoors is not off limits.”