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Exhibit Hours:

Daily (Monday-Sunday): 10am-5pm; Thursdays: 10am-7pm

The 2007 Jack Kerouac Conference on Beat Literature October 4 - 5, UMass Lowell

For a full schedule: www.uml.edu/KerouacConference

Note: All events will be held in UMass Lowell's O'Leary Library, room 222 (unless otherwise noted), located at 61 Wilder St., on UML South, Lowell, Ma.

Thursday, October 4

  • 3:30pm:
    The Beat Movement as Cultural Catalyst
    Speakers include: Robert Koppelman, William Lawlor, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anthony Sampas, Michael Basinski and Michael Millner
  • 7:00pm:
    Confession, Dream, Prophesy: The Search for Selfhood in Kerouac's Life and Art (Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 Foot of John St., Lowell)
    Panel Chair: Hilary Holladay, UMass Lowell
    Speakers include: Michael Skau, Joseph Donahue and Hilary Holladay

Friday, October 5th

  • 10:00am:
    50 Years Down the Road: New Perspectives on Kerouac's Breakthrough Novel
    Speakers include: Eftychia Mikelli, Richard Pickering, Rachel Ligairi, and Quentin Miller
  • Noon:
    Keynote Lecture: "The Scroll, the Book, the Movie, and Everything Else: The Ongoing Saga of Jack Kerouac's On the Road"
    Matt Theado, Gardner-Webb University
  • 1:00pm:
    Reception and Book Signing
  • 2:00pm:
    Round-Table Discussion by Editors of On the Road: The Original Scroll
    Speakers include: Joshua Kupetz, George Mouratidis, Penny Vlagopoulos, and Steve Edington
  • 3:30pm:
    Poetry Reading by Michael Hoerman, Anne Murphy, and Paul Marion





6-9pm Exhibit Opening Celebration with honored guests including William Least Heat-Moon, David Amram, and others, plus music by Aztec Two-Step.

Parking: John St. Parking Garage (75 John Street) will sell tickets at $5.00 per vehicle, beginning at 4:00 p.m.



10-12pm Curator’s Tour with "Keeper of the Scroll" - Jim Canary,talks about the tour and the installation of the scroll.

2-4pm On the Road Unfurled: Jack Kerouac and the On the Road Scroll - a panel discussion with Paul Marion, Hilary Holladay, Jay McHale,John Sampas and Jim Canary.

7-10pm Concert with Hot Day at the Zoo (urban bluegrass band) and jazz musician David Amram at The Revolving Museum, 22 Shattuck Street. Tickets:$5 at the door.

10pm "Ghosts of the Pawtucketville Night." A walking tour of some of the sites in "Doctor Sax." Begin in front of Cumnock Hall, UMass Lowell North Campus, One University Avenue. Led by Roger Brunelle. To sign up contact: DStMartin@lowellma.gov



9:30 - 11:30am Kerouac Bus Tour/ Jack Kerouac Historic Home Dedication. Tour Kerouac's Lowell,and end up at the home where Kerouac spent much of his youth,for a special ceremony dedicating a commemorative plaque. Begins at Mogan Cultural Center, 40 French Street. To sign up contact: DStMartin@lowellma.gov

10am French Language Mass: Traditional French Catholic service held only once a year at Saint Joseph the Worker Shrine,37 Lee St.

2-4pm Road Tripping: Jack Kerouac and the Road Trip in American Literature, panel discussion with William Least Heat-Moon, Ronald Primeau, Robert Houlton, David Daniel and Jay Atkinson.



7pm Jean Louis Kerouac - The Words of a Franco-Lowellian - with Roger Brunelle and Paul Marion at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center,246 Market Street.

19th - 24th

Franco American Week in Lowell



2-4pm Regional Voices: Poets Kristin Bock, Caroline Knox, Chloe Lopez, and Andrea Werblin read at The Revolving Museum,22 Shattuck Street.



7pm Studio Jam with Michael Hoerman,Samantha Merritt,Kathleen Cammarata,Keith Wasserman at X/O Studio,across from The Brush Art Gallery,256 Market Street.




7-9:30pm Mill City Open Mic and Poetry Slam at Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus, 61 Market Street.

8-9pm Last Call: An Evening with Jack Kerouac, a new play by Patrick Fenton, produced by Image Theater. Suggested donation $10.



20 Years of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!

10am A tribute to Kerouac at the Kerouac Commemorative at Kerouac Park.Featuring Aztec Two-Step,Paul Marion,Larry Caradini and others reading from Kerouac's work.

2-6pm Amram Jam featuring jazz musician David Amram at the Rainbow Cafe, 14 Cabot Street.

7:30pm 10,000 Maniacs concert with Milagro Saints at Boardinghouse Park. Note: this is a ticketed event.



10-11:30am Visions of Gerard Tour. See Kerouac's childhood places that inspired this work. The tour will be led by Roger Brunelle. Beginning at St. Louis de France church at the corner of Sixth and Boisvert streets, Lowell.

11am-5pm Kerouac Classic Wiffle Ball Tourney at Kerouac Park on Bridge Street in Downtown Lowell.

11am-3pm Hudson Car Show features 24 antique Hudsons, like the one Kerouac drove cross-country. Parking lot across from the Lowell High School Auditorium,50 Father Morrisette Drive.

1pm Slide show and talk on Kerouac's route with Dan McNichol.

2pm A conversation with with Al Hinkle. Al is the prototype for the "Ed Dunkel" character in "On The Road." Narrated by Stephen Edington at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum.

5-10pm Kerouac Pubs of Lowell Tour. Featuring live jazz, R&B; and Kerouac readings. The tour will be led by Mike Wurm. Beginning at Ricardo's Cafe Trattoria, 110 Gorham Street, with free appetizers! $5 suggested donations. Next stops will be at Cappy's Copper Kettle, Majors Pub, and Old Worthen House Cafe. For reservations, please email fdonna@lowellma.gov or call 978-970-5000.


7-9:00pm Regional Writers series reading at the Pollard Library.



6-9:00pm Opening reception for "Scrolls: A Fiber Interpretation Exhibit" at 122 Western Avenue Studios. Exhibit runs July 15 - September 3, 2007.





7-9:30pm Mill City Open Mic and Poetry Slam at Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus, 61 Market Street.

6pm The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), Walter Salles dir.
Lowell National Historic Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street.
Rated R. Adapted from Ennesto "Che" Guevara's journals, The Motorcycle Diaries follows two friends on the road trip of a lifetime, a motorcycle journey across Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela in 1952, looking for fun and finding themselves along the way.

8-10pm Dharma Bum's On the Road Kerouac Conversation at Bob Pare Photography
An Evening of free from discussion, wine, cheese and music from the novels.
Bob Pare Photography
177 Market Street



7pm UVAS - Urban Village Art Series
The Revolving Museum
22 Shattuck Street
D. Quentin Miller, Novelist
David Keevil, singer/songwriter
Maura MacNeil, poet

D. Quentin Miller is Associate Professor of English at Suffolk University where he teaches American Literature and Fiction Writing. He is the author of John Updike and the Cold War, the editor of two collection of essays, and the editor and co-editor of a number of college textbooks. He has published short fiction in The Crescent Review and is currently working on a novel.

David Keevil writes and performs songs that are catchy, compelling, lyrical and sometimes a little twisted. He performs solo, in duo and with The Groove Pops. His CD - Boys Don't Talk Much - will be out this fall. David grew up in the Grater Boston area. He has lived in both coasts and in Eastern Europe. He has worked as a professional artist and teacher, and now works as a clinical psychologist.

Maura MacNeil's poetry has been published in numerous literary journals over the past twenty years and her chapbook, A History of Water, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in August. She is co-founder and editor of Entelechy International : A Journal of Contemporary Ideas and is an Associate Professor of Writing at New England College in Henniker, NH.



11am - 4pm Whistler House: On the Road Quilts An exhibit of quilts with a specific "road" connection, as part of the New England Quilt Festival,at 243 Worthen Street.



3pm Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats (1994), John Antonelli dir.
Screening followed by a conversation with filmmaker
Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street.
Unrated. An award-winning bio-pic tracing the life of Lowell's native son as one of America's premier authors.



7pm Smoke Signals(1998), Chris Eyre dir.
Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St.
Rated PG-13. Growing up with very different impressions of Arnold Joseph, Arnold's son Victor and friend Thomas Builds-the-Fire are forced to confront the man's full legacy after his death, as they travel together from Idaho to Phoenix, Arizona to retrieve his ashes.



7pm - 9pm Regional Writers series reading at the Pollard Library with Jay Atkinson, David Daniel, Estrella Kuilan and Morgan Hough.




50th Anniversary publication of On the Road



7-9:30pm Mill City Open Mic and Poetry Slam at Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus, 61 Market Street.

Visions of Kerouac: Concert with Normand Guilbeault & Friends at the McDonough Arts Magnet Theater, 40 Paige Street at 7pm. French Canadian jazz bassist Norman Guilbeault sets Kerouac's text to music.



Jazz Tribute Concert with the David Amram Trio at Boardinghouse Park. Note: this is a ticketed event.



Jon Damian's Scroll Piece: music, poetry and performance art. $10 at the door.


8th & 9th

All Day: Kerouac’s Influence: Writers of the Next Generation will be a gathering of creative and scholarly people whose work and lives have been touched by the work of Kerouac at local venues around town. Program details TBA.



New England Orchestra, "The Beat Goes On" A Celebration of Jack Kerouac with Guest Artists David Amram and Fenwick Smith. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Liberty Hall.



Emerson College Poets read: Daniel Tobin, Richard Hoffman and others read.




9:00am - Jack Kerouac Beat Literature Conference at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. A scholarly examination of Beat Literature with invited scholars.

4:30pm - "Lowell Blues." A visual poem short by Henry Ferrini using passages from Kerouac's Dr. Sax. Visitors Center, Lowell National Historical Park. Market Street.

8:00pm - Olympian Kerouac. A look at Jacks scholarly and athletic life as influenced by Greek culture and heritage. The Athenian Corner, Market Street.



9:30am - High School Poetry Competition. Students read from their original works, judged on content and style. Lowell High School, French Street.

4:30pm - Showing of "Lowell Blues." Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center, Market Street, Lowell.

7:30pm - A Tribute to Woody Guthrie with Echoes of Kerouac. An aural tour of the life and times of American folk composer Woody Guthrie with parallels to the life and work of Jack Kerouac. Narrated by Steve Edington, accompanied by David Amram, with Woody Guthries songs sung by Dan Murphy, Kathy Grossman, and Harry Purkhiser. Also music by Dave Norton and the City Council Band. www.citycouncilband.org. Life AliveMiddle Street, Lowell.



11:00am - Commemorative at the Commemorative. Join LCK! Members and friends for an acknowledgement and celebration of the life and work of Jack Kerouac at the Jack Kerouac CommemorativeBridge Street, Lowell.

1:00pm - Kerouac's Nashua Connection Tour. Led by Steve Edington. A guided van tour of the Kerouac sites of Nashua, New Hampshire, and an exploration of Jack Kerouac's French Canadian ancestry and how it is reflected in his Lowell based novels.
Those departing from Lowell should meet at the LNHP Visitors Center at 1:00pm. Those departing from Nashua meet at the New Hampshire Welcome Center off Exit 6 of New Hampshire Route 3 at 1:20pm. Will return to Lowell at approximately 3:30pm.




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