Wyoming Arts Council

Beats "On the Road" in Wyo. this summer

From a press release from the Wyoming Humanities Council:

This summer, the Wyoming Humanities Council presents “On the Road: 50 Years of the Beatniks,” a summer program about American counterculture in the 1950s and early 1960s. The program includes a book discussion series focusing on Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs; a poetry slam tour of Casper, Cheyenne and Lusk hosted by UW poet and professor Craig Arnold; and a bus trip on June 22 to visit beat locales in Denver. Host sites will also screen B movies from the era.

“The beatniks belong to the history of our region,” said humanities council staff member Jenny Ingram. “Thirty pages into ‘On the Road,’ Jack Kerouac visits Cheyenne Frontier Days.”

In Laramie, book discussion meetings will take place at the office of the Wyoming Humanities Council. In Casper, Cheyenne and Lusk, they will take place at public libraries.

All programs are free and open to the public. This program is sponsored by the We the People initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

FMI: Jenny Ingram at (307) 721-9247 or jingram@uwyo.edu, or visit www.uwyo.edu/humanities.

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