Friday, April 26, 2013

Memory Gardens: The Kerouac Symposium 40 Years Later


This post is from the Destination Salem Blog, courtesy of Kate Fox. 
In 1973, Salem State University held one of the first ever academic conferences about Beat writer Jack Kerouac. Fast forward to 2013 and the university has decided to celebrate Kerouac’s genius with scholars and some of the author’s artistic collaborators while offering a retrospective on that first event.
Kerouac Images Collage
Memory Gardens: The Kerouac Symposium 40 Years Later will take place May 2 and 3 in various venues on the Salem State campus and in downtown Salem. The symposium opens May 2 with Bebop and Beats: An Evening of Music and Beat Poetry featuring various local musicians and special guest, Laura Boss, editor of Lips Poetry Magazine. This will be held at the Gulu Gulu Café at 8 pm.
On Friday, May 3 a panel discussion, Kerouac and the Beats, will take place in Salem State University’s Marsh Hall, Room 210 from 11 to 1 pm. Panelists include noted Kerouac scholars: Ann Douglas, Matt Theado and Gerald Nicosia.  The symposium wraps up with a screening of Pull My Daisy from 4-6:30 pm with special guest David Amram, the composer of the film’s score. This takes place at the Peabody Essex Museum’s Morse Auditorium.

Admission to symposium events is free. For additional information visit: salemstate.edu/arts/kerouac
This symposium is sponsored by the Salem State University Foundation in conjunction with  the Salem State College of Arts and Sciences, English Department  and Center for Creative and Performing Arts.

We hope that you are interested in this special one-time event, and as always, we hope to see you here!

Juli

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