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Fall Reception

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16th ANNUAL FALL RECEPTION

Sunday, September 21, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 P.M.

Science and Engineering Library
Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise

The NORMLization of Cannabis Culture in America

Featuring Guest speakers: 

Allen F. St. Pierre ’89 and R. Keith Stroup

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

INVITATION PDF

The UMass Amherst Libraries invite the public to the 16th Annual Fall Reception, “The NORMLization of Cannabis Culture in America,” on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Science & Engineering Library, Floor 2, Lederle Lowrise, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event features Allen F. St. Pierre ’89 and R. Keith Stroup of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The event highlights the recent donation of NORML’s records to the Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives and celebrates the Libraries’ 4 millionth item. Reservations are appreciated by September 15: (413) 545-3974 or friends@library.umass.edu.

NORML, a nonprofit public interest group based in Washington, is the nation’s oldest and most prominent organization advocating for an end to cannabis prohibition. 

R. Keith Stroup, a public interest attorney who founded NORML in 1970, received his BA in political science from the University of Illinois and his law degree from Georgetown. Stroup directed NORML through 1979, during which 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses. Stroup has also practiced criminal law, lobbied on Capitol Hill for family farmers and artists and for several years served as executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He is currently serving as legal counsel for NORML.

Allen F. St. Pierre ’89 (Legal Studies) has been the executive director of NORML since 2005 and executive director of the NORML Foundation since 1997. St. Pierre has written, debated and lectured extensively on the topic of cannabis. St. Pierre has been cited in hundreds of international, national, and local news publications and has appeared on many nationally televised news programs and on over 1,000 radio shows representing NORML’s point of views on the topic of marijuana.

St. Pierre facilitated the donation of NORML’s records to the Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and University Archives. The records offer a varied perspective on more than four decades of grassroots advocacy for drug policy legislation.

St. Pierre and NORML will continue to work with the Libraries to secure kindred collections and expand the depth of materials available to scholars and researchers. Already the records of Lester Grinspoon, a pioneering Harvard-trained doctor, author of the earliest research on medical marijuana and member of NORML’s board of directors, are housed alongside NORML in Special Collections.

As part of the program, the Libraries will celebrate adding its four millionth item to the physical collections; a rare copy of an Emancipation Proclamation pamphlet.  Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation in 1862, which freed all slaves in the territories controlled by the Confederate States of America.  The pamphlets were to be carried by soldiers at the front lines and distributed to liberated slaves as they marched.

Also as part of the program, the Du Bois Library Falcons Team, including the Library Systems Department and Richard Nathhorst ’79 from Facilities Planning, will be honored with the 2014 Siegfried Feller Award for Outstanding Service for their dedication to the live stream broadcast of the rooftop falcon nest. This award, established in 1998, is given annually to an individual or group who has made outstanding volunteer contributions to create awareness and build support for the UMass Amherst Libraries.

 

Reception at 2:00 p.m., program beings at 2:30 p.m.

Reservations are appreciated by September 15: (413) 545-3974 or friends@library.umass.edu.

 

 

 

 

Last Edited: 15 September 2014