*
 
 
Lectures & Conferences
FindIt:
Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles in Text and Image

Materiality and Meaning

Symposium February 28 - March 1, 2014

Link to events page
Link to exhibition page
Link to press page

Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, sixth floor
University of Pennsylvania, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

This symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition entitled Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles in Text and Image which will be on view in the University of Pennsylvania Libraries' Kamin Gallery located on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library from February 27 to August 11, 2014. The exhibition includes a range of text-based materials dating from 1964 to the present that illustrate the reception of the Beatles in the form of books, periodicals, ephemera, commercial products, memorabilia, and recordings

The purpose of the symposium is to examine the materiality of the texts and images and to explore the broader cultural meaning which can be derived from the study of books on the Beatles and to place these print artifacts in a larger cultural and social context.

Among the featured symposium participants includes Richard Langham, former EMI sound engineer who worked with The Beatles in 1963 and later at the end of their recording career as a group in 1968/1969.

Registration
The symposium is now free and open to the public.
Registration for this event has closed.
If you have questions, contact us at rbml@pobox.upenn.edu or 215.898.7088.

Speakers

Speakers who have been invited to the symposium include:
Richard Langham(EMI, Sound Engineer, retired) Richard Langham worked as a sound engineer at Abbey Road and worked with The Beatles in 1963 and 1969/1969. Walter Everett (University of Michigan), the leading expert on the music of The Beatles
Gordon Thompson (Skidmore College), who explores The Beatles in the context of the British Invasion
Al Sussman (Executive Editor of Beatlefan Magazine), A former radio analyst for ASCAP, Al Sussman has just published an new book, 'Changin' Times: 101 Days That Shaped A Generation with Parading Press.
Donna Parsons (University of Iowa), a Professor of English, who teaches courses on the cultural Impact of the Beatles
Eugene Halus (Immaculata University), a Professor of History teaches a course on the politics and reception of John Lennon
Larry Kane (author, journalist and broadcaster), author of two books on The Beatles and one on John Lennon, Kane was among the handful of journalists who accompanied the Beatles on their first tour of America. Kane has agreed to give the keynote address.
Jude Southerland Kessler (Novelist, Blogger), Jude is the self-published author of two biographical novels based on the life of John Lennon
Anthony DeCurtis (University of Pennsylvania), is Faculty Lecturer in the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone Magazine. An award winning writer, DeCurtis has published numerous articles and reviews on The Beatles during the past thirty years.


Tentative Symposium Program

Thursday, Febraury 27, 2014, 5:30-7:00pm
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor

5:30pm Opening of Exhibition and Philadelphia launch of She Loves You, Jude Southerland Kessler

6:00pm Welcome: David McKnight

6:15pm Remarks by Jude Southerland Kessler

6:15pm Book signing and reception

Friday, February 28, 2014, 4:00-7:30
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor

4:00 - 5;00pmRegistration, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
4:15-5:00pm Curators tour of Tomorrow Never Knows exhibition
Tour will meet in the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, first floor

5:10pm Welcome: H. Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries

5:15pm Introduction: David McKnight, exhibition curator and Director, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

5:30pm Keynote Address: Larry Kane, author, journalist and broadcaster

6:30pm Question and answer period

6:45-7:30pm Reception and book signing with Larry Kane

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 10:00am-7:30pm
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor

9:00 - 10:00am Registration

10:00 - 10:15am Welcome
David McKnight, exhibition curator and Director, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

10:15 -11:00 am Context: Changin' Times: Prelude to the Beatles First Visit
Al Sussman (Editor, BeatleFan)

11:00 - 12:30 pm And the Band Played On...The Music of the Beatles
Walter Everett (University of Michigan)
Gordon Thompson (Skidmore College)

12:30-1:30pm Lunch
On your own. A list of local restaurants will be available at the symposium

1:30 -2:30pm Historiography and the Beatles: an Illustrated Lecture
Jude Southerland Kessler (Author, broadcaster)

2:30 - 3:30 pm Richard Langham, In Conversation

3:30 - 3:45 pm Coffee Break

3:45 - 5:00pm '"The Teachers That Taught Me Were Cruel": The Beatles in the Classroom
Donna Parsons (University of Iowa)
Eugene Halus (Immaculata University)

5:00 - 6:00 pm Concluding Remarks: The Long and Winding Road
Anthony DeCurtis (University of Pennsylvania)

6:00-7:30pm Reception

For more information: 215.898.7088 or rbml@pobox.upenn.edu