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Free reserved parking available for MSU's Pirsig Chautauqua

December 5, 2012

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Free reserved parking will be available for those who would like to attend a two-day event at Montana State University Dec. 7 and 8 celebrating the philosopher Robert Pirsig, author of the celebrated "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," who once taught at the university.

Parking will be reserved Friday evening, Dec. 7, at a lot located at 11th Avenue and Grant Street for those attending the Robert Pirsig Chautauqua events in room 101 of Gaines Hall. The parking area will open for Chautauqua attendees at 6:40 p.m.

The Chautauqua 2012, which will include speakers and presentations saluting Pirsig and his work, will occur at the same time as the MSU playoff game against Sam Houston State.

Those attending the Pirsig Chautauqua wishing to take advantage of reserved parking should enter at the Grant Street entrance and follow Chautauqua parking signs. MSU officials said that 85 spaces will be reserved for the Friday event. Chautauqua organizers also suggest that attendees may take the Streamline bus to the event.

MSU parking is free to the public during the rest of the weekend, and Chautauqua attendees can park on any MSU lot during Saturday's Chautauqua events.

Chautauqua 2012 will include appearances by national and internationally known speakers and teachers, philosophers and artists, filmmakers and motorcycle enthusiasts who will convene to discuss Pirsig's work, its meaning and its legacy. To learn more about Chautauqua 2012, which is free and open to the public, go to, or contact Michael Sexson at

Pirsig will also be honored with an honorary doctorate Dec. 15 at MSU's fall commencement ceremony. Pirsig is in ill health and will be unable to travel from his home in Maine to attend either the Chautauqua or the commencement ceremony.

Susan Fraser (406) 994-2341,