The Institute is excited to announce that Douglas Brinkley will deliver a keynote address at Dylan and the Beats. Brinkley is Presidential Historian for CNN and a professor and Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities at Rice University. Among the numerous books he has authored or edited is Windblown World: The Journals of Jack Kerouac 1947-1954, which is composed of selections of Kerouac’s raw materials — his life, thinking, and writing — for what eventually became Kerouac’s seminal work, On the Road.
Beyond his expertise in Kerouac, Brinkley has written extensively on American political and diplomatic history, a history with which Dylan and the Beats engage deeply. He has also written many biographies (Cronkite, Gerald R. Ford, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: The Life of Rosa Parks, and more), which uniquely situates him to address the lives and legacies of these influential figures.
Brinkley’s keynote speech is titled “Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and the Beat Zeitgeist.”
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