[act-ma] Grateful Dead Symposium at University of MASS at Amherst

Roger Leisner rleisnerrfm at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 8 20:51:17 PDT 2007

Grateful Dead Symposium
November 16-18, 2007

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst welcomes
scholars, fans, performers, and members of the
extended Grateful Dead community to the first major
university conference on the enduring legacy of the
Grateful Dead.

"UNBROKEN CHAIN: The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture
and Memory" will take place on the campus of the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst on November
16-18, 2007.  More than fifty presenters will
participate in panel sessions that probe topics such
as memory, research, performance, history, criticism,
technology, music, business, and the visual arts.

Dennis McNally, the Grateful Dead's publicist and
author of "A Long Strange Trip", will serve as emcee
for the weekend.  Other participants include: Mountain
Girl" Carolyn Garcia, first wife of guitarist Jerry
Garcia and a central figure among the Merry
Pranksters; David Gans, host of the "Grateful Dead
Radio Hour" for the past 20 years; Grateful Dead midi
wizard Bob Bralove; and famed sound engineer Dan

The weekend will include performances by the American
Beauty Project ensemble, doing the music of acclaimed
Dead albums "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty";
and Dark Star Orchestra, whose rhythm guitarist Rob
Eaton and keyboardist Rob Baracco will take part in
several of the panel discussions. There will also be
special gallery exhibits of photography and poster
art, plus screenings of films such as "Deadheads: An
American Subculture" and "Sunshine Daydream. "

Please register early as the conference is restricted
to 375 participants.

Information on registration and accommodations is
available at www.umassconnections.com/unbrokenchain

Tickets, sold separately, for performances by the
American Beauty Project and Dark Star Orchestra are
available at http://umafacweb.admin.umass.edu/Online

* Contact: Michael Grabscheid 
* Director, Outreach and Marketing
* University of Massachusetts
* Amherst, MA 01003
* 413-577-4570
* Michael at outreach.umass.edu

Robert E. Weir, Ph.D.
Commonwealth College 
University of Massachusetts 
Goodell 408 
Amherst, MA 01003

Roger Leisner
Radio Free Maine
P.O. Box 2705
Augusta, Maine 04338

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