Wyoming Arts Council

Kerouac lecture June 21 in Cheyenne

From a Wyoming Humanities Council press release:

Audrey Sprenger, a national authority on Jack Kerouac, will give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, in the Wind River Room at the Plains Hotel.

Sprenger is the director of Arts and Educational Programming for the Denver Public Library and was recently selected to write the authorized biography of novelist Jack Kerouac together with John Sampas. She has created artistic and cultural programming on the life and times of Jack Kerouac, Jane Austen, Amelia Earhart, Rabindranath Tagore and Oscar Wilde for the Denver Public Library, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, PBS’ Masterpiece Theater, the Denver Art Museum and Rocky Mountain PBS.

Entitled “Jack Kerouac Wore Khakis and Other Lessons of Beatnik Chic,” Sprenger’ s lecture will focus on the socio-cultural context of “On the Road” and flesh out the biographical details of Kerouac’s life and work.

This event is part of “On the Road: 50 Years of the Beatniks,” a summer program from the Wyoming Humanities Council about American counterculture in the 1950s and early 1960s.

“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.”

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

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