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5th Annual Deshpande Symposium for
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

June 2016
Ronald J. Daniels is the 14th president of Johns Hopkins University, America’s first research university. In 2015, Johns Hopkins Institutions had revenues of $10.2 billion, an endowment of $3.4 billion, and more than 55,000 employees worldwide. For 35 years, Johns Hopkins has stood as the largest university recipient of competitively allocated federal research funds.
Since taking office in 2009, Daniels has focused his leadership on three overarching themes – enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration, individual excellence, and community engagement. These themes are the backbone of the university’s strategic vision through 2020, and underscore the priorities of Johns Hopkins’ largest-ever fundraising campaign, a $4.5 billion effort.
During Daniels’ tenure, the university has launched of a series of multi-disciplinary initiatives aimed at addressing some of society’s most vexing issues, bolstered the efforts of faculty, staff and students to translate discoveries into novel technologies, invested heavily in student access, and extended its rich community partnerships.

A law and economics scholar, Daniels is author or editor of seven books and dozens of scholarly articles. Before coming to Johns Hopkins, he was provost and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

Gender & Violence: Exploring Interdisciplinary Perspectives

April 22, 2016

M. Brinton Lykes, Professor of Community Cultural Psychology and Chair, Department of Counseling and Applied Developmental and Edcuational Psychology, Boston College. Dr. Lykes is also the Associate Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. She works with survivors of war and gross violations of human rights using cutlural resources, the creative arts and participatory action research methodologies.

David Richards, Associate Professor, Department Political Science the Humans Rights Institute. University of Connecticut. He is co-author of "Violence Against Women and the Law" (2015) which uses original data from 196 countires to examine what gender-violence laws exist and how these laws came to be enacted, .

Sanam Naraghi_Anderlini

2016 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies

April 5, 2016

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini is the co-founder and executive director of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN.) She is also an author specializing in gender, equality and non-violence. As a field researcher and activist, she has worked extensively with the United Nations training governments and NGOs worldwide in peacemaking. From 2002 to 2005, Anderlini was the director of the Women Waging Peace Policy Commission where she directed field research on women’s contributions to conflict prevention, security and peacemaking in 12 countries. Between 2005 and 2014, Anderlini was a research associate and senior fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies. In 2011, she was the first senior expert on Gender and Inclusion on the U.N.’s Mediation Standby Team. While at UMass Lowell, Anderlini’s residency includes lecturing in “Perspectives on Human Rights,” a multidisciplinary graduate seminar offered by the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and Political Science Department, where students can gain special insight from his unique expertise on the topic

Ammiel Alcalay

March 8, 2016
Author and scholar Ammiel Alcalay discusses "Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and Lost & Found Elsewhere," two publishing ventures that he initiated with graduate students at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Alcalay explores the the practical pedagogy of intergenerational transmission, as well as the cultural and political practice of thickening the historical record through archival research. Alcalay and fellow researchers seek out these documents in public and private libraries and archives around the world. He talks about what it is like to discover the unknown correspondence, journals and writings of modern-day American well and lesser known post WWII poets and writers.

The event is presented by UMass Lowell’s Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for the Public Humanities in conjunction with “Kerouac Retrieved: Items from the John Sampas Collection,” an exhibit of the “On the Road” author’s personal items on display at the university’s Allen House.


Roseann Sdoia

November 19, 2015
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia, a UMass Lowell graduate and Dracut native, led a program for the campus community about the obstacles she has overcome in business and in life. Roseann lost her right leg on April 15, 2013 when one of two explosions planted by terrorists near the race's finish line killed three spectators and injured more than 260 others. She talks about how that day irrevocably changed her life and the lessons she has learned during her career in the real estate field, where she had risen to become a Vice President of Property Management for National Development Corp. of Newton. Today Roseann is pursuing a career as a motivational speaker through her company Robostrong. This program is part of the Women in Business Speaker Series presented by the university's Manning School of Business.


Measuring Outcomes and Process in Community Based Participatory Research

October 29, 2015
Silka, Professsor, School of Economics and Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, UMaine. Dr. Silka is a former Professor of in the Depts of Psychology amd Regional Economic and Social Development.
Bonnie Duran, University of Washington. Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Politics in the Polis: Greek-American Participation in Lowell Elections

October 8, 2015

Welcomce and Overview: Lew Karabatsos
Moderator: Bill Samaras
George Eliades - discussing Mayor Geroge Eliades
Steve Panagiotakos - discussing Paul Panagiotakos and himself
Bill Lipchitz - discussing Paul Tsongas
Harry Kouloheras - discussing George Kouloheras

Sponsored by the Greek Culture & Heritage Society, and UML Departments of Political Science and History.

Avi Chomsky

October 6, 2015
Dr. Chomsky is a history professsor at Salem State University. She is speaking here about her new book- Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal.

Iranian Nuclear Deal: Challenges and Controversies

October 1, 2015
An expert panel discussion on the Iranian nuclear deal and congressional response.
Moderated by Prof. Paula Rayman, Director of Middle East Center for Peace, Development, and Culture.
Gregory Aftadndilian, Associate, Middle East Center, and former State Department policy analyst.
Sukesh Aghara, Assocate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Director , Integrated Nuclear Security and Safeguards Lab.
Marco Marzo, Assoicate Director, Integrated Nuclear Security and Safeguards Lab and former Director, Deptartment of Safeguards Dvision A, International Atomic Enegercy Agnecy.

This event is sponsored by the Middle East Center for Pleace development aned Cutlure and the Nuclear Engineering Departmenet. (UMass Lowell)

Howard Bauchner, MD

Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
September 21, 2015

Dr. Howard Bauchner explores emerging policy issues in the second year of the Affordable Care Act, which mandates health insurance for all Americans. Bauchner’s role as the journal’s top editor includes oversight of resource guides for physicians and 10 other leading medical publications on a variety of topics. A pediatrician, Bauchner previously served as the editor of the Archives of Disease in Childhood, which focuses on health and disease in young people from birth through adolescence.

Co-sponosred by the College of Health Sciences, the Moses Greely Parker Lectures, and the UMass Lowell Office of Community Relations
with support from Prof. Bill Mass (UMass Lowell Center for Industrial Competitiveness

Constitution Day 2015

Stephen Wasby, Professor Emeritus,
State University of New York at Albany
September 17, 2015

Observed annually on Sept. 17, Constitution Day commemorates the signing in 1787; to mark the significance of this act each year, UMass Lowell presents a Constitution Day program for the campus and community that examines the document’s development and influence. As the national debate continues over whether Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis can refuse to authorize same-sex marriage licenses, UMass Lowell will present a program to examine the effect of the Supreme Court’s ruling in support of marriage equality. Stephen Wasby, a nationally acclaimed author and expert on the First Amendment and civil liberties, will discuss the federal changes and other ramifications triggered by the decision. He’ll also talk about how other court rulings from the 2015 spring term share similar themes.

Remembering 911 - Patti Quigley

September 17, 2015
Patti became active in women’s issues after her husband Patrick was killed on September 11, 2001.In today's rememberance Patti talks about "her own personall 911". She and Susan Retik co-founded Beyond the 11th in response to the need of their widowed counterparts in Afghanistan. In 2005 Patti resigned from Beyond the 11th to shift her focus to Afghan girls. Patti joined Razia’s Ray of Hope to help pioneering activist Razia Jan fulfill her dream of educating the next generation of Afghan people in order to end a cycle of poverty, despair, and terrorism.



4th Annual Deshpande Symposium for
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

June 9-11, 2015 UMass Lowell

Subra Suresh,
President, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Suresh served as the director of the US National Science Foundation, co-founder of the Global Resarch Council, and former Dean of the School of Engineering at MIT. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the 2013 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Enginerring and Materials Science.

Jeff Hoffman, Professional speaker & successful entrepreneur

Mr. Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker. He teaches innovation workshops to major corporations and is a featured expert for Fox news, Gox Business, CNN, CNBC, ABC and NPR.

The Voting Rights Act at 50: A Discussion with Charles Cobb & Judy Richardson.

April 30, 2015
Introductions: Jacqueline Moloney, Executive Vice Chancellor
Moderator: Prof. Bob Forrant, History

Charles Cobb: A journalist, professor, and former activist with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Charles Cobb is a senior analyst at allAfrica.com, and was a visiting professor at Brown University and Duke University. He is the author of This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible. From 1962-1967 he served as a field secretary for SNCC in Mississippi. In 1976 he joined the staff of National Public Radio as a foreign affairs reporter, bringing to that network its first regular coverage of Africa. On July 24, 2008 the National Association of Black Journalists honored Cobb’s work by inducting him into their Hall of Fame.

Judy Richardson: A documentary filmmaker and civil rights activist, Judy Richardson was Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of Africana Studies at Brown University and is a visiting scholar at Duke University. A veteran of the southern Civil Rights Movement and early staff worker with SNCC, she began her film work with the Academy Award-nominated, 14-hour PBS series, Eyes on the Prize, for which she was Series Associate Producer and Education Director. She is a leading scholar with the SNCC Legacy Project and co- author of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC.

Sniffing and Tasting the Fruits of Interdisciplinary Research

Dr. Pradeep U. Kurup
2015 UMass Lowell Distinguished University Professor Lecture
April 27, 2015

America in Arab Eyes and Arabs in American Eyes

April 14, 2015
Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development
University of Maryland

Day Without Violence Lecture

Challenges for Healthy Aging:
Balancing Living Well with the Reality of Multiple Chronic Conditions

April 10, 2015

Robert J. Schreiber, MD,

Medical Director of Evidence based Programs, Hebrew Senior Life, Medical Director of the Mass Health Living Center of Excellence, Clinical Instrutor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

UMass Lowell Center for Gerontology Reserach and Partnership

In commemoration of
the 1964
Civil Rights Act & the 1965 Voting Rights Act

Keynote: Callie Crossley

A broadcast journalist and host of Under the Radar, which airs on Sunday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. on WGBH, 89.7 FM, she is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press" and a frequent host of WGBH-TV's “Basic Black”, focusing on current events concerning communities of color. She has two Harvard Fellowships—from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Crossley was a producer for Blackside Inc.’s Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, which earned her an Oscar nomination, a National Emmy, and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award (Gold Baton). For Boston Public Radio, Crossley has earned the AP, Edward R. Murrow and Clarion awards.

Introduction: Jacqueline Moloney, Executive Vice Chancellor, UMass Lowell



Parenting Children with Disabilities

November 13, 2014
Gina Gallagher & Patricia Terrasi
Authors of Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A survival guide for ordinary parents of special children
An exploration of the heartwarming, challenging, and often very funny side of raising imperfect children in a culture obsessed with perfection. Gina and Patty received the Heroes in the Fight award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in 2008, and were recipients of the 2011 YWCA of Merrimack Valley's Tribute to Women award.

Neil Swidey - Trapped Under the Sea

November 10, 2014
Neil Swidey,
Boston Globe reporter and author, Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness (2014)
Susan Moir, Director, Labor Resource Center, UMass Boston) and
Joan Porter, former Safety Director in Mass Attorney General's Office

Leah Buechley - UMass Lowell Artist in Residence (2014)

Susan Wornick - A Life in Broadcasting

October 7, 2014

Susan Warnick, investigative reporter. Susan Wornick spent 34 years at Boston's number one television station, WCVB-TV. She rose from street reporter, to investigative and consumer reporter, winning a cache of awards along the way. Susan's commitment to keeping her sources confidential nearly landed her in jail. The veteran reporter, now retired, will talk about the issue of a Shield Law for journalists, the non-stop 24-hour news cycle, how technology has changed broadcast and all media, and what careers will look like for aspiring journalists as we move deeper into the 21st century.

Cheryl Bartlett, Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health

September 29, 2014
“Massachusetts Public Health: From Behavioral and Environmental Health to Quality of Care”

Irish-American Politics in Massachusetts

September 26, 2014
Panelists: Martin T. Meehan, Chancellor of UMass Lowell and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the Massachusetts 5th Congressional District
The Honorable Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Former Lt. Governor of Maryland
The Honorable David Bartley, Former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
The Honorable Ray Flynn, Former Mayor of Boston and Ambassador of the Holy See

[View the whole conference: Irish in Massachusetts: Historical Significance, Lasting Legacy Sept.23-26, 2014]

Deshpande Symposium
Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

June 10-12, 2014

Autism - Early Diagnosis and Screening

Margaret L.Bauman, MD- Boston University School of Medicine.
April 30, 2014
Dr. Bauman is a world renowned pediatric neurologist and researcher who pioneered research linking the causes of autism with the brain. She is higly respected around the world for her outstanding clinical care and research in neurological disorders in children, adolescents and adults. She has published over 75 scientific papers, co-authored the Neurobiology of Autism, and received the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Autism Research

George Lopez

Vice President of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding
April 29, 2014

Dr. Lopez was UMass Lowell's 2013 F. Bradford Morse Distinguished Lecturer. For 27 years Dr. Lopez was at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has co-written and editied six books and over 40 articles on economic sanctions.


Meet the Greeley Scholars (2008-2014)

“Reflections on Peace-Building: A Panel Discussion"
UMass Lowell Greeley Scholars for Peace Studies
April 9, 2014

  • Justice Albie Sachs (2014), distinguished human rights champion and author from South Africa
  • Leymah Gbowee (2011), Nobel Peace Prize-winner from Liberia
  • Linda Biehl (2008), Amy Biehl Foundation & Felton Humanitarian Award recipient
Greeley Scholars

Albie Sachs

UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies
Dav Without Violence - Featured Speaker
April 8. 2014

Anti-apartheid champion and human rights activist Albie Sachs is the 2014 UMass Lowell Greeley Scholor for Peace Studies. Mr. Sachs has had a long history of working to extend democratic freedom to all South Africans. After the first democratic election in 1994, he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to serve on the newly established Constitutional Court where he helped abolish the death penalty and overturned laws criminalizing homosexuality.

Searching for Security in the Middle East

Dr. Paula Rayman, Director, MiIddle East Center, UMass Lowell
Gregory Aftandilian, Associate, Middle East Center, UMass Lowell
Neil Shortland, Senior Research Associate, Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, UMass Lowell

March 25, 2014


The End of Big

Nicco Mele
October 29, 2013

In his new book The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath, Nicco Mele, entrepreneur and consultant to Fortune 1000 companies explores the consequences of living in a socially connected society.

Sponsored by Moses Greeley Parker Lectures and UMass Lowel Center for Arts and Ideas, UML Center for Industrial Competitiveness, College of Health Science, Lowell General Hospital and Middlex Community College.

Nicco Mele

Who Stole the American Dream?

October 25,2013

Hedrick Smith
Author, television producer and journalist Hedrick Smith discusses his latest book, "Who Stole the American Dream?" examining the political and economic shifts in U.S. capitalism under the last six presidents that have helped dismantle the middle class and created "two Americas" - the rich and the poor.

Sponsored by the UMass Lowell Sociology, Political Science, and History departments and the Peace and Conlfict Studies program.

Hedrick Smith

A Conversation with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

October 21, 2013
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in conversation with Brian Mooney, Special Assistant for Strategic Communications, University Relations.

Co-sponsores: Moses Greeley Parker Lectures; Middlesex Community College; UML University Relations, Arts and Ideas, UMass Lowell Political Science Department

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

The Concussion Crisis in Sports

October 15, 2013

Ann McKee, MD
Professor of Neurology & Pathology, Boston University
Director Neuropathology Core
Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

Ann McKee

Marriage Equality

October 8, 2013
Frank Talty,
Assistant Dean College of FAHSS
Mark Mason,
Associate Judge, Springfield, MA District Court
Maura Healey, Chief of Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau, Massachusetts Attorney Generals Office
Vickie Henry,Director of Youth Initiatives, GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders).

Presented by the UMass Lowell Pre-Law Society and the Pride Alliance.

Out of the Locker Room

October 7, 2013

Pat Griffin
, Founding Director of Changing the Game, Professor Emeritus in Social Justice Education, UMass Amherst
Joan Lehoullier, Associate Athletic Director, UMass Lowell

Devan McConnell, UML Director of Sports Performance,
Caitlin Cahow, Two time Olympic ice hockey medalist,
Diana Cutaia, Athletic Director, (2005-2012) Wheelock College,
River Hawk Athletes: Keith Lewis, Courtney Lanfranchi, John Connors, and Candice Greene.

Presented by Pride Alliance, the Center for Multicultural Affairs, and Ally Space. Co-sponosred by UMass Lowell Athletics Department.

Pat Griffin

Syrian Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?

October 1, 2013

Deina Abelkader, Professor, Political Science, UMass Lowell - Democratization and Its Discontents
Greg Aftandilian, Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture, UMass Lowell
& Senior Fellow at the Center for National Policy - United States Foreign Policy Towards Syria
Neil Shortland, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Terrorism and Studies, UMass Lowell - Implicatioms for the Future of Terrorism and National Security
Paula Rayman, Director, Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture

Co-sponsored by the Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture, Peace and Conflict Studies, Sociology Department, Political Science Department, Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, Interfaith Students Association

Syria Teach In

The Massachusetts Story

Restructuring the Health Care System and Controlling Costs
September 30, 2013

Stuart Altman, Professor of National Health Policy, Brandeis University
& Chair Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Stuart Altman

New Security Challenges

September 24, 2013
A Symposium: Introducing the Center for Terrorism and Secrity Studies

Part I
Introduction: Chancellor Marty Meehan,
Ed Davis, Boston Police Commissioner
Roger Cressey '87, former National Security Council Deputy for Counterterrorism,
Nicholas Rasmussen, Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center,
V incent Lisi, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Boston Division ,
Andrea Cabral, Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety

Part II
Panelists: Introduction: Louis Falcone, Dean, College of FAHSS., Prof. John Horgan, Director, Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, Prof. Mia Bloom, Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, Prof. James Forrest, Director of Security Studies, Neil Shortland, Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, Senior Research Associate, Prof. John Kaag, Philosophy Department, Joshua Dyck, Co-Director Center for Public Opinion, Q&A, Roger Cressey '87 - Future Directions

Constitution Day 2013

September 18, 2013
A Talk on the Same Sex Marriage Decisions of the US Supreme Court

Frank Talty, Assistant Dean FAHSS, University Prelaw Advisor
Morgan Marietta, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UMass Lowell
[Marietta discusses Hollingsworth]

Sponosred by the Political Science Department, Office of Finanacial Aidi and the Office of Admission

Dr. Frank Talty

Counterterrorism After Osama bin Laden

September 13, 2013
Christopher C. Harmon, Professor & Chair of Military Theory, Marine Corps University
Response by John Horgan, Director, Center for Terrorism & Security Studeis, UMass Lowell
Introductions: Morgan Marietta, Assistant Professor, Political Science Dept, UMass Lowell

Political Science Speaker Series.
Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor and the Dean of FAHSS.

Christopher Harmon

The Women in Public Service Project:
Conflict Transformation Through Economic Development and Innovation

June 3-4, 2013
Keynote: Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. Engaging Women in Political Leadership and Public SErvice

The Women in Public Service Project began as an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the Five Sisters women’s colleges – Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley.The initiative will provide vital momentum to the next generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership for their governments and societies, and help change the way global solutions are developed. The Women in Public Service Project envisions a world in which political and civic leadership is at least 50 percent female by 2050.

Women in Public Service

A Day Without Violence: "Guns and Violence"

April 2, 2013
Keynote: Craig R. Whitney, Long time reporter and editor at the New Yor Times and author of "Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment"
Ed Davis, Police Commissioner, City of Boston
Cathy A. Levey, Ph.D. Lecturer in Criminal Justice, UMass Lowell

Sponsored by The UMass Lowell Peace and Conflict Studies Institute and Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies Program. "A Day without Violence" is an initiative on campuses nationwide in memory of Martin Luther King, JR.

Islam & Feminism: Between Theology and Politics

Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini
March 7, 2013
Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini will explore the role of feminism in Islam during the presentation “Islam and Feminism: Between Theology and Religion.” Mir-Hosseini is a senior research associate at the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

The talk is presented by UMass Lowell’s College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, UMass Lowell’s Peace and Conflict Studies and Gender Studies programs, the Political Science Department , the Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture, and the Center for Women and Work as part of Lowell Women’s Wee.

Miba Mir-Hosseini

Why Does the Media Ignore the Paralympic Games?

March 5, 2013

  • Lacey Heward, Paralympic Medialist & World Champion US Adaptive Ski Team
  • David Lee, MS, CTRS/L, Paralympic Regional Coordinator, New England
  • Eli A. Wolff, Sport & Development Project Brown University & Inclusive Sports Initiative, Institute for Human Centered Design
  • Judith Vecchione, Executive Proudcer WGBH, MEDAL QUEST: American Athletes and the Paralympic Games [http://www.pbs.org/medalquest]

Sponsored by Introduction to Politics & Sports, UML Interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies,
UML Athletics & UML Student Disability Services.

Paralympics photo
The Legacy and Relevance of the "I Have a Dream Speech" to Present Day Black America
February 4, 2013

Dr. Clayborne Carson, Professor of History,
Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University .

Sponsored by the Office of Mukticultural Affairs and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program

Clayborne Carson

2nd Annual Martin Luther King Celebration Dinner
January 30, 2013

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever,

Executive Director
National Council of Negro Women

Dr. Jones-DeWeever


Impacts and Prospects for Success of the KONY 2012 Project
November 26, 2012

John Prendergast,
UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies
Chancellor Marty Meehan
Congressman Jim McGovern
Gordon Halm,
UML gradutae student, PACSI

KONY 2012
Middle East Confrontation: A Clash of Politics and Culture?
A Panel Discussion on the Middle East Upheaval
Moderated by Professor Paula Rayman, Director of Middle East Center for Peace, Development and Culture

• Deina Abdelkader, Professor, Political Science Department
• Gregory Aftandilian, Associate, Middle East Center, Senior Fellow, Center for National Policy
• Shana Minkin, Professor, History Department

The panel explored the latest upheaval in the Middle East. Panelists explored the media’s perception of the recent clashes, the US foreign policy towards the Middle East, the conflict in Syria, and the role of democracy in Islam.

Sponsored by:
Middle East Center for Peace, Development, and Culture
Middle Eastern Students Association


Andre Dubus III
Associate Professor, English Department, UMass Lowell
Townie - A memoir
October 24, 2012

Andre Dubus III is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, and the novels Bluesman, House of Sand and Fog, and The Garden of Last Days. His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994, The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999, and The Best of Hope Magazine. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for fiction, The Pushcart Prize, and was a Finalist for the Rome Prize Fellowship from the Academy of Arts and Letters. An Academy Award-nominated motion picture and published in eighteen languages, his novel House of Sand and Fog was a fiction finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Booksense Book of the Year, and was an Oprah Book Club Selection and #1 New York Times bestseller.

He is a full-time faculty member here at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, teaching courses in creative writing. In 2001, he was the English Department’s first Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence.

Andre Dubus
Picking the President: A Panel Discussion
October 22, 2012

Michael Dukakis, MA Governor, (1979-79, 1983-1991), Democratic Presidential Nominee, 1988,
Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University
Dan Winslow, Massachusetts Chief Legal Counsel 2002-05, State Representative 9th Norfolk District,
Senior Fellowat the Tufts University Tisch College of Citizenship & Public Service
Paul Jorgensen, Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University and
Department of Political Science, University of Texas, Pan American
Hillary Chabot, Chief Political Reporter and previously State House Reporter, Boston Herald.
Michael Dukakis
Asking For More: Dickens in Nigeria
October 19, 2012

The Nigerian Association of Merrimack Valley presented the premiere of “Asking for More: Dickens in Nigeria,” a high-energy, entertaining twist on “Oliver” set in Lagos, Nigeria, during the 1970s. Length: [1 hour and 31 minutes.]
by Robert Omoyeni
Directed by Obehi Janice
“Asking for More” was performed by an ensemble of Nigerian immigrants from Lowell.
Created and Performed
by The Ensemble: Olisa Adigwe, Prince Emenogu, Michael Enagbare, Robert Omoyeni, Anastasia Onyenho, Monica Swaida, and Lucy Zorokong
Costume Design: Stephanie McGrath

Dickens In Nigeria

Lee Rainie
October 16, 2012
Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, Rainie shares the Project’s latest findings about how people use the internet, their smart phones, and social media like Facebook and Twitter. He explores how revolutionary changes in technology have affected the way people use their social networks to learn, solve problems, and just plain hang out together. And he highlights how students and workers can adopt new “networking” skills and behaviors that will help them move through life. The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project is a non-profit, non–partisan "fact tank" that studies the social impact of the internet.

Rainie is a co-author of the new book Networked: The New Social Operating System, a book about the social impact of technology that was written with Barry Wellman. He also is a co-author of Up for Grabs, Hopes and Fears, Ubiquity, Mobility, Security, and Challenges and Opportunities – a series of books about the future of the internet. Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master's degree in political science from Long Island University.

Lee Rainie

Eddie Daniels
October 16, 2012
South African Human Rights Activist

Mr. Daniels, who fought against apartheid, was imprisoned for 15 years on Robben Island, where he became close friends with Nelson Mandela. He is the author of "There & Back: Robben Island, 1964-1979." Mandela said, "We recall his loyalty and courage; his sense of humor, and justice as well as total commitment to the struggle of the prisoners for the eradication of injustice and betterment of their conditions."

This talk was sponsored by the UMass Lowell Peace and Conflict Studies Institute in partnership with the UMass President's Office and Senior VIce President for Academic and Student Affairs and International Relations, Marcie Williams

Eddie Daniels

Anne Waldman in Performance
October 11, 2012

Anne Waldman is the author of more than 40 books of poetry and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac writing school at Naropa University in Colorado, where she is a distinguished professor of poetics. She is one of the most important writers of her generation. An activist-artist, she has been a strong voice for feminist, environmental and human rights causes.

Anne Waldman

Calculated Chaos: The Art of Blue Q
October 3, 2012
A dynamic presentation by Art Director, Founder, and Co-owner Mitch Nash

Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based Blue Q is one of the world’s most innovative gift manufacturers; over the past 24 years they have collaborated with some of the world’s most talented graphic designers and illustrators to develop over 2,000 products, ranging from bath brands Dirty Girl and Wash Away Your Sins, to hilarious gums, art-drenched totes, life-changing breath sprays such as Instant Irish Accent and Instantly Understand Men, cardboard pets, home lighting, miniature books, and countless other curious objects. At turns, devilishly irreverent, witty, profound or just plain beautiful, the company wares reflect a unique and loving corporate culture that is really the secret to making it happen. Blue Q’s first retrospective is a peek behind the curtain, an entertaining and visual record of the company’s product development process, showing its obsession with taking everything to its lunatic conclusion.

Blue Q

Facing Conflict: Voices from the Field.
A Panel on Peace, Security and Education.
Introduction by Chancellor Meehan and Professor Paula Rayman
April 11, 2012

Featuring: Linda Bishai, Senior Program Officer, United State Institute of Peace &
Tony Gallagher, Pro Vice Chancellor, Queen's University Belfast

Co-sponsored by:
Peace and Conflict Studies,
Center for Irish Partnerships,
Middle East Center for Peace, Development, and Culture,
Gradute School of Education and
the History Department.

facing conflict

Whose Art Is It Anyway?

Intellectual Property and the Arts
April 5, 2012

Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Professor, Art
Andre Dubus III, Assistant Professor, English
Alan Williams, Associate Professor, Music & Coordinator - Music Business

This event is part of the seven-month event series, Dickens In Lowell, featuring exhibitions, performances, speakers, and family programs, celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Dickens's birth and his vist to Lowell in 184. On that visit the celebrated author strongly advocated for the establishment of an international copyright law.

Panelists on Stage

John Prendergast
UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies
"Days Without Violence" - Featured Speaker
April 3, 2012

Human-rights activist John Prendergast – a nominee for TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2012 – is UMass Lowell’s 2012 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies. Mr. Prendergast recently testified on Capitol Hill and was arrested along with actor George Clooney to protest conditions in Sudan and South Sudan. He is featured in the “KONY 2012” documentary – viewed more than 80 million times online – that seeks to bring accused Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony to justice.

Mr. Prendergast has spent 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 and adviser to Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle’s humanitarian-aid group, Not on Our Watch. 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.

John Prendergast

Marie-Claire Blais
March 21, 2012

As part of the annual celebrations of Francophonie in New England, internationally acclaimed Quebec author Marie-Claire Blaise give a reading (in English) or her work arournd the topic "A vision of our tormented times."

The event was sponsored by the Quebec Delegation in New England and the UML Department of Cultural Studies.

Marie-Claire Blais


Tory Fair
December 1, 2011
Guest Artist Lecture Series

Tory Fair creates objects and installations that address the gap between the real and imagined and what is physical and what is felt. Her recent work explores the relationship between the body and nature through cast, figurative sculpture.

This series brought to you by the Arts Research Collaborative @ Printer on Prescott and the student Art Union of UMass Lowell. Supported by Lowell Cultural Council, Mass Cultural Council. Event hosted by UML Center for Arts and Ideas.

Tory Fair

Election 2011
November 7, 2011
Martin Meehan, Chancellor, UMass Lowell
Panelists: Charlie Baker, Joe Battenfeld, Jennifer Meyers, & Glen Johnson

Sponsored by Economic and Social Development of Regions/Center for Industrial Competitiveness
College of fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS)
School of Health and Environment
Fall Seminar Series: Instability, Fragility and Sustainable Recovery: From Global to Local

Election 2011

Melissa Broderick
November 1, 2011
Mediation in a World of Conflict
Co-sponsored by the Office of Undergardate Admissions,
Criminal Justice Department and
the Peace and Conflict Studies Program.

Melissa Brodrick, Ombudsperson at Harvard Medical School, and former mediator for Fortune 500 companies, the State of Massachusetts and non-profit organizations, led an interactive presentation on how mediation can reduce conflict in our world. She spoke about her experiences as a mediator and how mediation looks at conflict as an opportunity for change. She compared mediation to other forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration and explained how mediation is different: it is voluntary, the parties have self-determination to make any decisions, it is confidential and the mediators are neutral.


Lynda Barry
October 25, 2011
Fall 2011 UMass Lowell Artist in Residence
A Program at the Center for Arts and Ideas

Author, cartoonist, painter and illustrator Lynda Barry is the Fall 2011 Artist in Residence for the Center for Arts and Ideas. Ms. Barry’s syndicated weekly comic strip, “Ernie Pook’s Comeek,” is nationally known. She has published several illustrated novels, such as The Good Times are Killing Me, which won the Washington State Governor’s Award. Barry’s bestselling book, What It Is, won the Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Graphic Novel.

lynda Barry

The Innocence Project

October 21, 2011
Co-sponsored by the Departments of Psychology and Criminal Justice and
the Office of the Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Dennis Maher spent 19 years incarcerated for crimes he did not commit after being convicted of two attacks on women in 1984 and sentenced to life in prison. He was later exonerated by DNA evidence and is now married with two children. The Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization that strives to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and judicial-system reform.


Geoffrey Haines-Stiles
Old Media, New Media: The Promise and Perils of Communicating Climate Change
The UML Climate Change Teach-In
October 20, 2011
Sponsored by the Climate Change Initiative

Mr. Haines-Stiles is currently the Project Director of the NSF-supported EARTH: The Operators’ Manual project whose first program, on the reality of climate change and the potential of renewable energy and hosted by IPCC-contributor Richard Alley, premiered nationally in the US on PBS on April 10th, 2011. In addition he was a Senior Producer for Carl Sagan’s classic COSMOS series as well as the producer and director of the PBS special, THE CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE. He has collaborated with then Senator Al Gore on “Earth in the Balance” and Lily Tomlin (The Cosmic Telephone Operator).

Earth logl

Karl "Chip" Case
Professor Emeritus of Economics, Wellesley College
Co-author of the Case-Shiller Index, the leading measure of home prices in the US. October 3, 2011
"The Housing Market and the Macro Economy"

The Parker Lecture Series in conjunction with the Fall Seminar Series put on by
Economic and Social Development of Regions and the Center for Industrial Competitiveness

Karl "Chip" Case

International Women Leaders Summit
April 11, 2011

They came from Colombia, Egypt, Israel, Liberia, Northern Ireland and South Africa to meet and learn from each other, forging friendships and building understanding about what it takes to advance democracy and peace. The delegates from around the world spent three days together at UMass Lowell, presenting on their experiences in their home nations and crafting the Lowell Declaration, a pledge to work jointly and with others on a global network with the common goal of creating non-violent solutions to conflict.

The International Women Leaders’ Summit on Security through Economic and Social Development – held April 10 through 12 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center – grew out of an idea formed by the 2010 Greeley Scholar for Peace Prof. Gavriel Solomon and UMass Senior Vice President Marcellette Williams. The event was presented by a committee of UMass Lowell faculty, students and staff led by Prof. Paula Rayman and with the support of Provost Ahmed Abdelal.


Roger Cressey '87
F. Bradford Morse Distinguised Lecture on International Relations
April 7, 2011

Renowned counter-terrorism expert Roger @. Cressey '87 is a former member of the United States National Security Council staff where he managed the U.S. Government's response to the Millennium terror alert, the USS Cole attack, and the 9/11 attackes. He is a recipient of the State Department's Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards. Roger is an on-air counter-terrorism analyst for NBC NEws and has been an advisor to President Obama. He is the president of the Good Harbor consulting group and a graduate of UMass Lowelland George Washington University. He is currently on the faculty of Georgetown University.

Roger Cressey

Leymah Roberta Gbowee, Peace Activist
UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies
"Days Without Violence" - Featured Speaker
Co-Recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
April 4, 2011

Leymah Roberta Gbowee is an African peace activist who organized a peace movement that helped end the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Gbowee organized the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, bringing together Christian and Muslim women to pray and sing for peace, and eventually forcing national leaders to create a peace process. Gbowee is now the executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa in Ghana. In 2007, the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard University's JFK School of Government honored her with the Blue Ribbon Peace Award, and in 2009, she and the women of Liberia were awarded the Profiles in Courage Award by the Kennedy Library Foundation. She is the central character of the award winning documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

Leymah Gbowee

Lily & Honglei: New Media Art
April 4, 2011

Lily Xiying Yang and Honglei Li are new media artists from Beijing, currently based in New York City. Since 2005, they have been working under the collective name Lily & Honglei. They create new artistic expressions by integrating traditional and digital art forms. Utilizing online virtual world applications and digital animation, Lily & Honglei reinterpret Chinese folkloric traditions that metaphorically reflect current global cultures and societies.

Lily & Honglei have exhibited internationally, including: FILE (Brazil), SIGGRAPH, Jamaica Flux (New York), Museum of Art and Design (New York), Microwave New Media Fest (Hong Kong), Eyebeam Art + Technology Center (New York), Terna 02 Prize (Rome), and 404 international festival of electronic art (Argentina). Lily & Honglei both received their BFAs in Painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) in 1997. In 2007, Honglei earned his MFA in painting from UMass Dartmouth, while Lily received her MFA in Digital Media in UMass Dartmouth in 2008

Image from Lily&Honglei


David Macaulay, Author, illustrator, MacArthur "Genius" fellowship recipient, Caldecott medalist.
Creating books for young readers
October 25, 2010

David Macaulay is perhaps best known for the award-winning international bestseller The Way Things Work, which was expanded and updated in 1998 and renamed The New Way Things Work. His detailed illustrations and sly humor have earned him fans of all ages. His books have sold more than three million copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. His many awards include the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, and the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award.

In 2006 he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, given “to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” As “an individual of distinction in the field of children’s literature,” Macaulay delivered the esteemed 2008 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, an honor bestowed on him by the American Library Association.

David Macaulay

Deborah Cramer

Internationally known author and science writer.
The Ocean's Impact on Climate Change & Health: What's it got to do with us?
November 15, 2010

Deborah Cramer is a visiting scholar with MIT's Earth System INitiative. She is the author of two books: Great Waters: An Atlantic Passageand Smithsonian Ocrean: Our Water Our World, which is the official companion volume for the Smithsonian's new, permanent exhibit in the Sant Ocean Hall of the National Museum of Natural History. She has written about the ocean and fresh water for the Boston Globe and the New York Times. She will discuss her recent experience with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the wider implications of our changing ocean and its impact on our health.

Deborah Cramer Photo


Embracing Ethnic Media to Promote Health and Environment

Sponsored by the School of Health and Environment
May 7, 2008

  • Moderator: John Rudolph (award winning journalist "Feet in Two Worlds"
    • Dahlia Diaz & Alberto Suris (Rumbo Newpaper)
      Sidney Liang (Voices of Cambodian Children radio show)
      Eduardo De Oliveira (EthnicNewz.org UMass Boston)
ethnic journalists promo

Select examples of earlier on campus talks: 2006-07

Steve Ellner
Universidad de Oriente, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
Venezuela and Shifting Geopolitics: Global, Regional, and Local
October 30, 2006

Elizabeth Grossman
Author & Journalist
High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health
October 23, 2006

Patricia Stevens
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Women Living with HIV
October 23, 2006

Alexander Sachs
UMass Lowell, Physics Department
Zoltan Fried Memorial Lecture
Solitary Waves
October 18, 2006

John R. Nelson
Department of English, UMass Amherst
Overcoming Writer's Block
October 6, 2006

Armand Carriere
Executive Director, Worcester UniverCity Partnership
Community Engagement Through Partnerships
October 2, 2006