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Jan. 14, 2005

'Know The Score LIVE' Will Focus On Kerouac's 'On The Road' Jan. 21

Jack Kerouac's iconic "Beat Generation" novel "On the Road" and American "road culture" will be discussed when UI radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM (101.7 FM in Dubuque) presents the next edition of "Know the Score LIVE!", broadcast from the Lasansky Gallery and the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium of the UI Museum of Art (UIMA) 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21.

The program, part of the weekly arts and humanities series hosted by Joan Kjaer on KSUI, will take place before a live audience in the UIMA and will be broadcast over KSUI at that time as well as 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19. Listen on the Internet at

The main subject of the program will be the original manuscript of Kerouac's "On the Road," a 120-foot continuous scroll that will be on display in the UI Museum of Art Jan. 19 through March 13. Kjaer will discuss the manuscript, the Beat poets and American road culture with Howard Collinson, director of the UIMA; Rob Latham, a UI faculty member in the Department of English and the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs; and Marvin Bell, the Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters in the UI Writers' Workshop and former poet laureate of Iowa.

Also during the program, former UI President Willard "Sandy" Boyd will talk about his new book, "Never Too Brief," a collection of his commencement speeches. And Loren Glass from the UI English faculty will talk about literary celebrity: what it is, who qualifies, if it is still possible in our times.

One of the most remarkable literary manuscripts in existence, "On the Road" is a key work of American literature and marked a turning point in 20th-century culture. The classic novel of freedom and promise of the open road gave life to the so-called Beat Generation, a mysterious subculture that conflicted with the conformist and materialistic American culture of the 1950s.

The original manuscript was typed by Kerouac in New York City in a 20-day marathon in April 1951. It was typewritten single-spaced onto 10 12-foot lengths of paper that were taped together. This 120-ft. scroll is currently touring museums around the country, but the UIMA is the only location where the entire scroll will be displayed.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor of "Know the Score" broadcasts at the UIMA.

The manuscript of "On the Road" (copyright Estate of Anthony G. Sampatacacus and the Estate of Jan Kerouac) is on loan from the collection of James S. Irsay.

The Writers' Workshop, the English Department and the Division of Interdisciplinary Programs are units of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free to the museum and to the "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcast. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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