New Hampshire's St. Anselm College To Host Grateful Dead Conference


Via Saint Anselm College, which hosts "A Long Strange Trip: The Culture of the Grateful Dead," a week-long examination of the cultural impact of the iconic rock band Tuesday, October 22 to Friday, October 25 through the Gregory J. Grappone Humanities Institute. The series of events will include a number of panels and discussions to focus on the band's history, its impact on pop culture, how it affected the drug culture in the U.S. and, of course, the music and lyrics. The week will include a keynote lecture by Thomas Mangan, filmmaker and executive producer of a four-part documentary on the Grateful Dead, entitled Long Strange Trip. The week will conclude with an open mic musical jam.

"People who are fans of the Dead who have followed the band's concerts and song writing over the years will be interested in this week of discussion about the band's language and music within the cultural context of those decades," said Gary Bouchard, executive director of the Gregory J. Grappone Humanities Institute at Saint Anselm. "This film, Long Strange Trip, offers us a really good opportunity to examine this band's influence on our culture."

The following events will comprise the week of discussions, all to be held at the college's Roger and Francine Jean Event Center:

·Tuesday, October 22, 2:30 pm - Panel on the Music of the Grateful Dead, led by Professors Ann Holbrook (English), Sean Parr (Fine Arts) and Beller McKenna (UNH).

·Tuesday, October 22, 4:00 pm - Panel on the History, Politics, and Culture of The Grateful Dead Era, led by Professors Andrew Moore (History) and Matt Masur (History).

·Wednesday, October 23, 2:30 pm, Panel on The Grateful Dead and the Drug Culture, led by Professors Dan Lavoie (Biology) and Joe Troisi (Psychology).

·Wednesday, October 23, 2:30 pm - Panel on the Lyrics of The Grateful Dead, led by Professors Meg Cronin (English) and Georgia Henley (English).

·Thursday, October 24, 7:00 pm - Keynote Lecture by Thomas Mangan, Film Maker and Executive-Producer of the four-part documentary on the Grateful Dead entitled Long Strange Trip (available on Amazon Prime and at the college's Geisel Library).

·Friday, October 25. 4:00-9:00 pm - Open Mic Musical Jamin the lobby of the Jean Student Center, with food and beverages.

For more information, please visit: or contact the Grappone Humanities Institute at

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