90th Edition of Kerouac’s Birthday Will Be Noted Here

See www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org for the full schedule of activities from March 5 to March 12, organized as a weeklong tribute to the Lowell cultural powerhouse Jean-Louis Kerouac (1922–1969).

UMass Lowell is involved with several events including a special screening of the film “Lowell Blues” with the director Henry Ferrini on Monday, March 5, 3.30 pm, in Coburn Hall, Broadway St, South Campus; a talk by Dawn Ward, editor of a forthcoming collection of writings by young Kerouac, the most prominent of which is his merchant marine novel “The Sea Is My Brother,” being published in full for the first time–this program is on Thursday, March 8, 4 pm, in the O’Leary Library auditorium, Wilder St, South Campus; a conversation with John Sampas, Kerouac’s brother-in-law and literary executor for the past 20 years, also on Thursday, March 8, at 7.30 pm, in the National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St downtown (in discussion with John will be UMass Lowell professors Michael Millner and Todd Tietchen); and a panel talk with Kerouac scholars and experts assessing “90 Years of Kerouac” on Saturday, March 10, 1 pm, at the Boott Mills Museum Events Center, 2nd floor, John St downtown.