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UMass Lowell to Host Beat Attitudes Conference in October


LOWELL -- Beat Attitudes, a scholarly conference analyzing the works of Lowell native Jack Kerouac and other Beat Generation authors, will be held at UMass Lowell South Campus on October 4-5, 2001. The conference will present nearly two dozen panelists, discussing themes ranging from the Beat authors’ interest in Islam to the study of Kerouac in college classrooms.

The keynote presentation will be a poetry reading by Janine Pommy Vega, author of more than a dozen volumes including Poems to Fernando and Mad Dogs of Trieste: New & Selected Poems. In addition to writing and performing her poetry, she is director of Incisions/Arts, an organization that brings writers into prisons.

Other highlights include the opening reception for an exhibit of Kerouac’s visual art entitled, Jack Kerouac: Paintings and Drawings, from 4-8 p.m. on October 4. There will be a gallery talk by Ed Adler, noted artist, author, Beat Generation scholar, and Lowell Tech alum, at 7 p.m. Adler authored Beyond Words: The Paintings and Drawings of Jack Kerouac. The exhibit will be on display from October 4-31.

All Beat Attitudes events are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is necessary. O'Leary Library auditorium is located at 61 Wilder Street. Parking is available in the Riverview lot on Broadway.

Sponsors include the Estate of Jack and Stella Kerouac (John Sampas, literary executor), the College of Arts and Sciences, and the English and Art departments.

For more information, check our web site at, or contact Prof. Hilary Holladay at  or call 978/934-4195. For information on the concurrent Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! festival, go to the web at , or call 1-877-KEROUAC.
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