Beat Chicago | Newberry

Beat Chicago

Countercultures and Censorship
Monday, December 5, 2016

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Bill Savage, Northwestern University
Full, waitlist available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

“Great Chicago glowed red before our eyes We were suddenly on Madison Street among the hordes of hobos,” Jack Kerouac, On the Road. While Beat Generation writers like Jack Kerouac and Allan Ginsburg are most often associated with San Francisco and New York, Chicago played a key role in Beat culture, as well as in bringing the Beats (NOT “Beatniks”) to literary prominence. In this seminar, we will read excerpts from On the Road and other Beat poetry and prose depicting Chicago, and discuss the Chicago Review/Big Table censorship case, which centered on the University of Chicago, local newspaper writers outraged at literary “obscenity,” and Judge Julius J. Hoffman.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 7, 2016. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.