The College of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Utah State University will host the O. C. Tanner Symposium, “The 1950s, the Beat Generation, and the Power of Expression.” The symposium will be held at Utah State University from March 1 – 3, 2006. During the three day symposium, major Beat-era poets David Meltzer, Anne Waldman, and Michael McClure will read their poetry; writer and “Merry Prankster” Ed McClanahan will read from his autobiography “My Vita, If You Will"; thirteen visiting scholars will address Beat culture, jazz, gender issues, spirituality, environmental legacies of Beat writing, photography, the visual arts, film, politics, and censorship; Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” will be performed; unique Beat-era broadsides, magazines, and ephemera drawn from USU’s Special Collections will be exhibited in the Merrill-Cazier Library; “Semina Culture: Wallace Berman and His Circle,” featuring the work of important post-WWII artists will be on display at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art.
Funded in part by the Utah Humanities Council.
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