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Thursday, October 1, 2009

october events

OCTOBER 1, 2009                   THURSDAY                    7 PM.

Pollard Library

Sean P. Murphy

"Massachusetts Scandals"

Come listen to long-time Boston Globe investigative reporter Sean P. Murphy describe some of the biggest political scandals to hit Massachusetts in the last 25 years, from the Big Dig to the ongoing public pension abuses.




OCTOBER 3, 2009             SATURDAY               2 PM.

National Park Visitor Center

Benedict Giamo

"The Revelation to Ti Jean"

In observance of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's Lowell based novel Doctor Sax, in partnership with Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, Professor Benedict Giamo, author of Kerouac: The Word and the Way will explore some of the religious and spiritual roots of Jack Kerouac's works.




OCTOBER 6, 2009             TUESDAY         7 PM.

National Park Visitor Center

FILM             "Killer Poet"

Killer Poet" recounts the tragic, dramatic story of Norman Porter, a convicted double murderer from Massachusetts who served 25 years in prison before escaping to Chicago where he spent the next two decades living as a poet/intellectual by the name of JJ Jameson. Porter had just been named Chicago's "Poet of the Month" in 2005 when he was once again apprehended. Guest speakers include the film's director/producer Susan Gray. Presented in partnership with the Lowell Film Collaborative




 OCTOBER 15, 2009  THURSDAY               6:30 PM

Pollard Library

FILM              "View from the Bridge"

The bridge in the town of Mitrovica has become a flashpoint in the continuing conflict between Muslims, Christians and Roma.  This documentary about post-war Kosovo reveals the personal insights into the religious and ethnic conflicts raging around the world today.




OCTOBER 17, 2009   SATURDAY               7:00 PM

Lowell High School Auditorium

The 2nd Annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival

Favorite Poems: A Reading by Robert Pinsky and Louise Glück

Two former Poet Laureates of the United States will read some of their favorite poems in the spirit of the Favorite Poem Project launched by Pinsky when he was Poet Laureate. To learn more about the project, visit www.favoritepoem.org. For the full schedule of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, visit www.masspoetry.org



OCTOBER 22, 2009   THURSDAY               7 PM.

Pollard Library

Mish Michaels

"Storm Chasing"

Mish Michaels is an Emmy Award winning broadcast meteorologist and environmental reporter. When Mish was in kindergarten, an F2 tornado ripped through her apartment complex just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. It is her earliest childhood memory and she's been searching the skies ever since.  Mish has been affiliated with the Meteorology Department at UMASS Lowell for over a decade, where she has taught a course called "Meteorological Communications".



OCTOBER 25, 2009   SUNDAY   2 PM.

American Textile History Museum

Norma Smayda

"The Life and Work of Bertha Gray Hayes"

Bertha Gray Hayes, a Providence RI weaver in the early 20th century designed and wove dozens of original miniature overshot patterns, distinctive in their asymmetry, in her use of evoking the World War II era with patriotic themes, songs and dances.  Four authors, worked together gathering material from Miss Hayes' original samples and from her workbooks and journals.


OCTOBER 26, 2009       MONDAY    6 PM.

Lowell General Hospital Clark Auditorium

Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell

"Life and Death Planning: Know your Options"

Do you know what to do when a family member becomes ill and can no longer manage their affairs?  Participate in a panel discussion with a lawyer, nurse, funeral director, CPA, and clergy to learn about how to approach the subjects of health care proxy, financial options, medical decisions, and funeral planning.


OCTOBER 29, 2009       THURSDAY          7 PM

Pollard Library

Marianne O'Connor

"Exploring New Hampshire-Supernaturally"

Start Halloween off right tracking down curses, ghosts, legends and unusual phenomenon.  Alien abductions, witches, lost spirits and the unexplained paranormal are all part of this fascinating and amusing trek thru the mountains of New Hampshire. Could there be haunted trails right here in Lowell?

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