“I don’t think the Beatles broke up because of any one person. I think that they had, in a lifecycle, generative fashion, reached the end of their road. They were ready to grow up and grow older. They were about to be 30. You just don’t want to hang out with the kid you knew when you were 14 when you are 30.”
– Kenneth Womack, the 2013-14 Penn State laureate, senior associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona, speaking today (March 6) at the Penn State Forum Speaker Series held at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.
A prolific writer of a variety of both scholarly and general-audience topics, Womack is highly regarded as an expert of popular culture, most notably of the Beatles, and is a frequent public speaker about “Fab Four 101” and similar themes. He has authored or edited several volumes about the legendary British band, most recently "The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four," which will be released in summer 2014 by Greenwood Press in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. During his year as the Penn State laureate, he is writing a column on notable milestones of the Beatles' history and speaking at Penn State campuses and other locations across Pennsylvania and beyond.
The final speaker in the 2013-14 Penn State Forum Speaker Series will be Inge Auerbacher, on the topic “Memories of a Child Survivor of the Holocaust,” on April 2 at the Nittany Lion Inn. For more details, visit http://sites.psu.edu/forum/.