Penn State Laureate and Beatles expert Ken Womack to speak at Shenango campus

November 20, 2013

Ken Womack, the 2013-14 Penn State Laureate and professor of English and Integrative Arts at Penn State Altoona, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Sharon Hall room 105 at Penn State Shenango. 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 also is 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 50th 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 and presentations at Penn State Shenango, call 724-983-2825 or visit the website at

Last Updated November 21, 2013