"I know that wherever we all come from, we all face obstacles. For me, I tapped inside myself and went deep to discover how to overcome the feeling of isolation and anxiety . . . I came a long way from standing and watching with my mother as all our belongings were put out on the sidewalk. Now I stand in the footprints of those women who came before me."
--Teeny Tucker, international blues recording artist, during her talk today (Feb. 18) on "Women In The Blues," part of the Penn State Forum Speaker Series, held at the Penn Stater Conference Center on the University Park campus. Tucker spoke about the history and influence of female blues singers and her own personal experience, and performed several selections for the audience.
Tucker and her band also will hold a free concert tonight at 7 p.m. in Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center. The concert is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.
The next speaker in the Penn State Forum Speaker Series is Kenneth Womack, professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona, who will speak on "The End: Authorship, Nostalgia, and the Beatles" on March 6 at the Penn Stater.