Author Archive

Thursday
Oct
24
7:00 pm

Jane Sweetland “Boxcar Diplomacy: Two Trains that Crossed an Ocean”

Boxcar Diplomacy is about two trains that crossed the Atlantic after WWII. “The Friendship Train” was initiated by columnist Drew Pearson who noted that Communists were getting a foothold in a hungry Europe and Americans could showcase democracy with gifts...
Sunday
Oct
20
2:00 pm

Holly Guran, Martha Collins, and Lloyd Schwartz. “A Dramatic reading of poems influenced by letters between Harriet Hanson Robinson and William Robinson, 1847-1868.”

Harriet Hanson Robinson was a mill girl (author of Loom and Spindle) who later became a women's suffrage activist in Massachusetts. William Robinson was her husband. The readings are broken out into four sections of poems: after an introduction to...
Saturday
Oct
12
2:00 pm

Nancy Fox “Jack Kerouac’s Legacy: Fifty Years Later”

Nancy Fox earned her master’s degree in English from Stephen F. Austin State University.  At SFA, she became a Lecturer in 1999 and taught Freshman level composition and argument classes for 15 years while pursuing her love of Jack Kerouac’s...
Wednesday
Oct
9
11:45 am

A Conversation with U.S. Representative Lori Trahan

Join UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney for a conversation with U.S. Representative Lori Trahan. Lori Trahan was born and raised in a working-class family in Lowell, Massachusetts. Her father was a union ironworker and her mother was a domestic worker...
Tuesday
Oct
8
6:30 pm

Dr. William Griswold “Archaeology and Technology at Saratoga National Historical Park.”

In 2019 the National Park Service partnered with American Veterans Archaeological Recovery, American Battlefield Trust and Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist to undertake a study at the Barber Wheatfield, Saratoga National Historical Park where the second battle of Saratoga...
Sunday
Oct
6
2:00 pm

“The Trolley” A Movie

Explore the history and lure of electric trolleys at this special film screening of Stephen Low's "The Trolley"! Travel through 39 cities and 16 countries and hear the story of one of civilization's most remarkable inventions! Following the 45-minute film, we'll...
Sunday
Sep
29
2:00 pm

Jeff Folger

Jeff Folger, known as Jeff “Foliage,” and dubbed New England’s “Arboreal Oracle,” began documenting autumn 20 years ago and searching New England for iconic images seen on postcards and calendars. His passion for fall colors has been termed “obsessive” by...
Thursday
Aug
8
11:00 am

Trend n Motion Hip Hop Dance Troop

Trend 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...
Wednesday
Aug
7
11:00 am

Stacey Peasley Band

Stacey and her band play original music that engages every child. A teacher for ten years, Stacey is thrilled to combine her love of children and music into a lively act that engages kids and creates memorable and fun sing-along...
Thursday
May
16
7:00 pm

Michael Tougias “Above & Beyond: JFK and America’s Most Dangerous Spy Mission.”

In this multimedia presentation based on his latest book, Tougias chronicles the thirteen harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the outlines the steps President Kennedy made to reach a decision on a course of action. Special emphasis is...
Tuesday
May
14
7:00 pm

Charles Tonetti “The Aguirre, Puerto Rico Sugar Mill.”

In early 2018 Tonetti spent a month in Puerto Rico documenting the condition of hundreds of damaged historic structures.  While there he visited Aguirre, a company town with two historic districts: a sugar mill and the town itself. Boston investors...
Tuesday
Apr
16
7:00 pm

Chad Montrie “Beyond ‘Songbirds and Suburbs’: Rethinking the American Environmental Movement Origin Story”

First published in 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was hailed as the catalyst for starting an American environmental movement.  Today, many continue to regard the renowned work in much the same way.  But, Montrie argues, this is a faulty interpretation...
Tuesday
Mar
26
7:00 pm

Dan Kennedy “Return of the Moguls”

Over the course of a generation, the story of the daily newspaper has been an unchecked slide. The forces killing newspapers are well understood. If newspapers have any chance at survival, it may be through a return to the original...
Sunday
Mar
3
2:00 pm

Aimee Loiselle “Creating Norma Rae: Textile & Garment Workers Lost Behind a Pop Icon”

The 1979 movie Norma Rae earned multiple awards and generated a pop icon that people continue to reference. Aimee Loiselle, a historian of women, work, capitalism and culture, will explore the movie as a pop phenomenon that obscured the complex...
Tuesday
Dec
4
6:30 pm

Anthony Sammarco “Christmas Traditions in Boston?”

In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony banned by law the celebration of Christmas as it was deemed to be a time of seasonal excess with no Biblical authority. Though repealed in 1681, it would not be until...
Thursday
Nov
29
7:00 pm

Sean McAdam “Boston: America’s Best Sports Town”

Sean McAdam was a sports writer for the Providence Journal and The Boston Herald,a broadcaster co-host on WEEI-FM the Big Show, an analyst on NESN, now author, Sean McAdam has covered the world of sports like no other. His latest...
Thursday
Nov
15
6:00 pm

Catherine Florio Pipas, MD, MPH “A Doctor’s Dozen”

Twelve Strategies for Personal Health and a Culture of Wellness. No one is immune to poor health. Burnout, for example, which affects a third of the U.S. population, is present in over 50% of health professionals. Dr Pipas, a family...
Sunday
Nov
4
2:00 pm

Peggy Hart “Wool: Unraveling an American Story of Artisans and Innovation.”

Keeping Americans warm for four centuries, wool has been an essential commodity from colonial times to the present. Its colorful and epic tale has impacted millions of lives, including artisans, inventors, immigrants, merchants, mill owners, millworkers, farmers, slaves and Native...
Thursday
Oct
25
7:00 pm

Honorable Michael Ponsor “Justice and the American Character”

A system of law presents at least two faces: a sheltering force protecting citizens’ rights, and a potentially oppressive instrument of control. These two aspects of the law have revealed themselves powerfully during thirty-five years on the bench. Fiction can...
Tuesday
Oct
23
7:00 pm

Peter Aucella, Steve Stowell, and Charles Tonetti “Preserving Lowell’s Architectural Legacy”

Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of Lowell National Historical Park with this slide show of the City’s architectural past, present, and future.  Aucella has led the park’s historic preservation and development division for many years and will share “before and...
Sunday
Oct
21
2:00 pm

Eric Jay Dolin “Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates”

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, this story reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”. Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrages pirates in an early display of colonial solidarity...
Tuesday
Oct
16
6:30 pm

Tom Haines “Walking to the Sun” A Journey through America’s Energy Landscapes

On a winter day in 2013, Tom Haines stood in front of his basement furnace and wondered about the source of the natural gas that fueled his insulated life. During the next four years, Haines walked hundreds of miles through...
Saturday
Oct
6
2:00 pm

Dr. Ann Charters “Jack Kerouac’s “Dharma Bums” Sixty Years Later”

This program is part of the 2018 Lowell Celebrates Kerouac festival On this 60th anniversary of the publication of Kerouac’s novel The Dharma Bums, Dr. Ann Charters. Retired Professor of English at the University of Connecticut will present her thoughts...
Tuesday
Sep
25
12:00 pm

Gina McCarthy “Environmental Protection, Health Equity and Impact Investing for a Sustainable Future”

Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 30 years. She served under President Barack Obama as the 13th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 2013–2017. Gina is currently Professor of...
Thursday
Sep
13
7:00 pm

Cheryl Hamilton “Lessons from Lewiston, Maine: A Refugee Story”

In 2002, Lewiston, Maine garnered national attention when more than 2,500 Somali migrants chose to make the city their home. The unexpected migration changed the city forever, and the lives of many local residents, including Cheryl Hamilton. As the manager...
Saturday
Sep
8
11:00 am

Matt W. Miller “The Wounded for the Water”

Born and raised in Lowell, award-winning author Matt W. Miller will share his newly published collection of poetry, The Wounded for the Water. “In these lyrical meditations, we are witness to our own drowning in family and history, in politics...
Thursday
Aug
16
11:00 am

The Stupendous Mr. MagicHead

Appearing (and disappearing) to rave reviews, Mr. Magichead has achieved master status among kid's entertainers. With a wild & wacky magic show narrowly aimed at ages 4-9 combining physical comedy, and quickly-paced fresh original trickery, this children's magician bringing laughter...
Wednesday
Aug
8
11:00 am

Benkadi & Drum Dance

Benkadi (which means "Coming Together Sweetly" in the Bamanankan language of Mali) is an eclectic group of artists and educators dedicated to performing and teaching African dance and musical forms. Their presence and energy are truly engaging. So, come ready...
Tuesday
Mar
27
11:45 am

Gururaj” Desh” Deshpande – “The Power of Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century”

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande is a Trustee of Deshpande Foundation along with his wife Jaishree. Desh is the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office and is also the Chairman of Tejas Networks. Dr. Deshpande has pursued...
Tuesday
Mar
20
7:00 pm

Dr. Gray Fitzsimons, Dr. Patricia Fontaine, and Kristin Gallas – “Immigrants, Refugees, and the Quest for Equality of Education: Lowell’s Separate Irish School System and Its Legacy”

In 1830, Lowell’s school committee faced a difficult decision in light of the growing nativist and common school movements in the United States - whether to establish equity in public education as their community became more culturally diverse. They voted...