Organized by the Pennsylvania State University, an international Beatles celebration will be held at Penn State Altoona on Feb. 7 to 9, 2014, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' legendary appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In addition to panels and presentations, the conference will include film screenings, musical performances, art and photography exhibits, and keynote addresses by leading Beatles critics and musicologists. The conference will conclude with a commemorative screening of "The Ed Sullivan Show" as it was originally broadcast on Feb. 9, 1964.
Tentative speakers and performers include noted Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, music theorist Walter Everett, Beatles instrument expert Andy Babiuk, and Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler.
Says Ken Womack, senior associate dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Altoona and Beatles scholar: "The conference will be a unique opportunity for scholars and fans to come together - pun intended! - to commemorate the Beatles' timeless cultural and aesthetic achievements.
"It will be stimulating in a scholarly sense, to be sure, but there will be a number of interactive and performance-based exhibitions as well. And, of course, the conference will be especially noteworthy for the screening of the Beatles' original appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' A splendid time is definitely guaranteed for all."
Anyone is invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions for the conference devoted to the life, work, influence, and artistry of the Beatles. Visit www.altoona.psu.edu/beatles/callforpapers.php for more information.