Penn State Laureate to discuss The Beatles, their music

May 28, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- “Textualizing The Beatles,” a discussion on the nature of scholarly research related to the band, will be presented by Kenneth Womack at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library and on MediaSite Live.

Womack, an award-winning novelist and author, is editor of three books devoted to The Beatles. “The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles,” edited by Womack, was named the 2009 Music Book of the Year, by the United Kingdom news source The Independent. He is the sixth Penn State Laureate, and is a professor of English and integrative arts and senior associate dean for academic affairs at Penn State Altoona.

Womack is also editor of “Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory,” published by the Penn State University Press, and co-editor of the English Association’s prodigious “Year’s Work in English Studies,” published by Oxford University Press. Over the years, Womack’s work as teacher and writer has earned numerous awards, including the Grace D. Long Faculty Excellence Award (2002), Penn State University’s Alumni Teaching Fellow Award (2006), Northern Illinois University’s Golden Anniversary Alumni Award (2009), Penn State Altoona’s Honorary Alumni Award (2009) and the Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities (2010). He served as the chair of the Academic Council on Undergraduate Education this past year.

The presentation, sponsored by the University Libraries’ Colloquia Committee, is free and open to the public.

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Martha Ney at or 814-863-5447.

  • Kenneth Womack

    Ken Womack, professor of English and Integrative Arts at Penn State Altoona, was the guest speaker at the March 6 Penn State Forum Speaker Series event held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Womack, the 2013-14 Penn State Laureate, is an expert of popular culture, most notably of The Beatles.

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