Penn State Laureate and Beatles expert Ken Womack to speak at Shenango campus
Ken Womack, the 2013-2014 Penn State Laureate and professor of English and Integrative Arts at Penn State Altoona College, will be speaking at Penn State Shenango on Wednesday, December 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in Sharon Hall room 105. The title of his presentation is “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The evolving Artistry of the Beatles.” The event is free and open to the public.
Established in 2008, the Penn State Laureate is a full-time University faculty member in the humanities or fine arts who is assigned for one academic year to bring an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences.
In addition to teaching, Womack serves as senior associate dean for Academic Affairs. He is the author of three novels, John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel (2010), which earned ForeWord Reviews’ Bronze Award for Literary Fiction, The Restaurant at the End of the World (2012), which earned a Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Regional Fiction, and Playing the Angel which will be soon forthcoming. Womack is also the author or editor of numerous works of nonfiction, including Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles (2007) and The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (2009), which was named as The Independent’s “Music Book of the Year.” His latest Beatles-oriented work, The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, will be released in February 2014 in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the group’s legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Womack’s presentation traces the band’s emerging songwriting practices, recording artistry, and musicianship from their early, primitive recordings through the aesthetic heights of Abbey Road. He illustrates the group’s artistic growth through a wide range of musical and filmic illustrations.
For more information about this and other lectures at Penn State Shenango, call 724-983-2825 or visit the website at shenango.psu.edu.