Wyoming Humanities Council to Pay Tribute to Beatniks

May 5, 2008

A University of Wyoming professor and instructor will participate in the Wyoming Humanities Council's summerlong program "On the Road: 50 Years of the Beatniks."

The free program includes a movie night in Laramie, a bus tour to Colorado and book discussions around the state. The focus of the program, sponsored by the We the People initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is the American counterculture and social and culture changes in America during the 1950s and ‘60s.

The program opens Sunday, May 18, with a showing of "A Bucket of Blood," a 1959 movie set in a bohemian cafe. The movie begins at 7 p.m. at the Albany County Library, 310 S. 8th St.

UW poet Craig Arnold will lead the program's bus tour Sunday, June 22. The tour will include stops at popular beatnik hangouts, including Larimer Street in Denver and The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder. The bus departs Laramie at 9 a.m. and Cheyenne at 10 a.m. The trip is free, but participants will be responsible for their own meals.

The book discussion group, which will feature UW instructor and Laramie attorney Rob Ingram, will include programs at the public libraries in Laramie, Casper, Cheyenne and Lusk. The group will discuss "On the Road," by Jack Kerouac; "The Dharma Bums," by Kerouac; "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg; and "Junky," by William S. Burroughs. Go to the Web site at www.uwyo.edu/humanities for the complete schedule of dates and times. All books can be borrowed from the humanities council.

For more information, call Jenny Ingram of the Wyoming Humanities Council at (307) 721-9247 or e-mail jingram@uwyo.edu.

The Wyoming Humanities Council at UW is a nonprofit cultural organization that offers programs that explore human experiences.

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