Tentative Conference Agenda

Updated January 20, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Registration Reception – Castle Quarters, 5th Floor, Aaron Building
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Jude Southerland Kessler, “Lennon’s Liverpool” (Photo Presentation), Castle Quarters, 5th Floor, Aaron Building

Concurrent Art Exhibits (Friday – Sunday)

CANVAS (Penn State Altoona), Tell Me What You See: Images Inspired by Songs of the Beatles – Devorris Downtown Center

Doyle Jeter (University of Louisiana at Monroe), With the Beatles – Heritage Discovery Center

Ken Orth (Savannah, Georgia), Meet the Look-Alikes! – Aaron Building 006

Friday, February 7, 2014

7:00 – 10:00 a.m. Registration – Aaron Building Lobby
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST – Heritage Discovery Center
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. PLENARY SESSIONDevorris Downtown Center Auditorium
From Analog Ashcans to Digital Diving: A Comparative Analysis of Research and Storytelling, from Pre-Internet Age to Digital Overload
Moderators: Kit O’Toole, Something Else Reviews, Beatlefan, and Walter Podrazik, University of Illinois at Chicago

Walter Podrazik (University of Illinois at Chicago), “Sorting Fact and Fiction in All Together Now and The Beatles Again and The End of the Beatles and Strange Days

Kit O’Toole (Something Else Reviews, Beatlefan), “From Books to Blogs: The Long and Winding Road from Data to Discovery, 1980s to Present Day”
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. BREAK – Dining Car Downtown, Aaron Building Lobby
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. PLENARY SESSIONDevorris Downtown Center Auditorium
The Beatles’ Intercultural Influence
Moderator: Vincent Benitez, Penn State University Park

Andrew Crowley (Indiana University), “Borrowed Tunes: The Beatles and the Ethics of Musical Borrowing”

David Thurmaier (University of Missouri, Kansas City), “Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, and ... George Harrison?: A Look at Harrison’s Cover Songs and Influences from American Popular Song”

Kathryn Cox (University of Michigan), "West Meets East: Harrison and Shankar as Cultural Negotiators in The Concert for Bangladesh
Noon – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH – Heritage Discovery Center
Jude Southerland Kessler, “Historiography: The Re-writing of the Beatles”
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
The Beatles and Guitar Rock
Moderator: Ian Marshall, Penn State Altoona – Devorris Downtown Center Auditorium

Thomas MacFarlane (New York University), “‘I’d Love to Turn You On’: The Beatles in the Electric Age”

Eric Hogrefe (University of Texas at Austin), “Gesture, Style, and Agency in Selected Guitar Solos by the Beatles”

John Kimsey (DePaul University), “The Whammy Bar and the Wind Harp: Hendrix, Feedback, and Romanticism”

The Beatles and the 1960s
Moderator: Jared Frederick, Penn State Altoona – Devorris Downtown Center 001

Terry Hamblin (SUNY Delhi), “‘You Say You Want a Revolution’: The Beatles and the Political Culture of the 1960s”

Carmen Cano (Ohio Northern University), “The Beatles: A Pre-America Graphic Itinerary”
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. BREAK – Dining Car Downtown, Aaron Building Lobby
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
The Beatles in the (Contemporary) Material World
Moderator: Jacqueline Edmondson, Penn State University Park – Devorris Downtown Center Auditorium

Aviv Kammay (Wingra School) and Geoffrey Blake-Horst (Madison, Wisconsin), “The Beatles in Contemporary Progressive Education: The Case of ‘Lady Madonna’ and ‘The Inner Light’”

Jeffrey Roessner (Mercyhurst University), “Revolution 2.0: Beatle Fan Scholarship and the Digital Age"

The Beatles’ Revolutionary Musical Poetics
Moderator: Kurt Torell, Penn State Greater Allegheny – Devorris Downtown Center 001

Dulais Rhys (Amabile School of Music), “The Beatles and Their Songs: A Musical Revolution”

Aaron Krerowicz (University of Hartford), “The Beatles and the Avant-Garde”

Dan Lieberfeld (Duquesne University), “‘You Can Indicate Everything You See’: Towards a Typology of Beatles Lyrics”
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. DINNER – Heritage Discovery Center
Speaker: Walter Everett
“Instant Combustion: Fairly Sensational, Dramatic, Wonderful, Funny, Exciting!”

Saturday, February 8, 2014

7:00 – 10:00 a.m. Registration – Aaron Building Lobby
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST - Heritage Discover Center
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Gender and the Beatles
Moderator: Megan Simpson, Penn State Altoona – Devorris Downtown Center Auditorium

Nancy Benecki (Columbia University), “How Women Influenced the Beatles’ Style, Sound, and Story”

Kit O’Toole (Something Else Reviews, Beatlefan), “‘She Said She Said’: How Women Have Transformed from Fans to Authors in Beatles History, from Fanzines to Books”

Katie Kapurch (Texas State University), “Girls Play (with) the Beatles: The Fab Four and Contemporary Female Youth”

Preserving the Beatles
Moderator: Kira Condee-Padunova, Penn State Altoona – Devorris Downtown Center 001

Meredith Rutledge-Borger (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum), “Exhibiting the Beatles”

Anastasia Karel (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum), “Archiving the Beatles”

Debra Norris (University of Delaware), “‘I Should Have Known Better’!: Proper Procedures in the Preservation of Beatles Photographs, Sound Recordings, and Memorabilia”
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. BREAK – Dining Car Downtown, Aaron Building Lobby
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Beatles Records!
Moderator: Terry Hamblin, SUNY Delhi – Devorris Downtown Center Auditorium

Tony Paglia (Penn State Shnango), “The Beatles’ Christmas Records ... Unwrapped: A Closer Look at the Fan Club Discs”

Andrew Seeger (Western Illinois University), “Apples to Oranges?: Comparing and Contrasting the Beatles’ Apple Records to the Beach Boys’ Brother Records”

Jeremy Yudkin (Boston University), “‘There’s a Place’: The Importance of Song Placement on the Beatles’ LPs”

Joel Glazier (Delaware Humanities Forum), “‘Here’s Another Clue for You All’: Was the Walrus Paul?”

The Beatles as Reactionary Poets
Moderator: Gina Hanson, California State University, San Bernardino – Devorris Downtown Center 001

Susan Nylander (California State University, San Bernardino), “Not Your Mother’s Music: The Celebration of the New Generation in the Early Beatles’ Work”

Elisa Urmston (California State University, San Bernardino), “The Beatles as Neo-Romantic Poets”

Gina Hanson (California State University, San Bernardino), “From Modernists to Posthumans: The Beatles’ Later Years”
Noon – 1:45 p.m. LUNCH – Heritage Discovery Center
Speaker: Mark Lewisohn, “Tuning In: Images of the Beatles’ History”
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Mark Lewisohn Book-Signing – Aaron Building Lobby
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. BREAK – Dining Car Downtown, Aaron Building Lobby
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. PLENARY SESSIONDevorris Downtown Center Auditorium
Memory and Nostalgia
Moderator: Elizabeth Seymour, Penn State Altoona

Robert McParland (Felician College), “Yesterday: The Beatles, Narrative, and Memory”

William Covey (Slippery Rock University), “1974-1984: Watching the Beatles Become Nostalgia”

Kathryn Cox (University of Michigan), “English Gardens, Mystery Trips, and Songs Your Mother Should Know: The Beatles and British Nostalgia in 1967”
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. DINNER – Heritage Discovery Center
Speaker: Andy Babiuk, “Beatles Gear!”

Sunday, February 9, 2014

7:00 – 10:00 a.m. Registration – Aaron Building Lobby
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST - Heritage Discovery Center
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. PLENARY SESSIONDevorris Downtown Center Auditorium
The Beatles as Recording Artists
Moderator: Jerry Zolten, Penn State Altoona

A. David Villani and Jerry Zolten (Penn State Altoona), “The Beatles as Recording Artists: All You Need Is a Studio, Production Team, Great Songs, and Visionary Imagination”

Aviv Kammay (Wingra School), “Types of Tonal Relationships within Beatles Songs: Mapping the Recorded Career”
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. BREAK – Dining Car Downtown, Aaron Building Lobby
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
The Beatles in/as History
Moderator: Brian Black, Penn State Altoona – Devorris Downtown Center Auditorium

Carolyn Brunelle (University of Buffalo, SUNY), “‘There’s Always Something There to Remind Me’: International Labor Laws, Work Permits, and How the U.S. Government Shaped the British Invasion”

Matthew Schneider (High Point University), “Rebuilding an Empire: New Light on the Beatles’ British Invasion”

Carolyn Stevens (Monash University), “‘Better to watch singing than wrestling anyway’: The Beatles, the Budōkan, and Tokyo in the 1960s”

The Beatles’ Soundscapes
Moderator: Peter Moran, Penn State Altoona – Devorris Downtown Center Classroom 001

Drew Nobile (University of Chicago), “Modulation by Whole Tone in Late Beatles Songs”

Tamika Sterrs (University of Georgia), “An Abbey Road Gospel?”

Kathryn Cox (University of Michigan), “Beyond the Lyric: Vocables and Emotional Expression in Paul McCartney’s Songs”
Noon – 1:15 p.m. LUNCH – Heritage Discovery Center
Speaker: Richard Langham, “Q&A with Richard Langham, Please Please Me Recording Engineer”
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
The Beatles’ Recordings
Moderator: A. David Villani, Penn State Altoona – Devorris Downtown Center Auditorium

Gabriel Lubell (Indiana University), “‘And I Went into a Dream’: Experiencing the Impossible in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Laura Turner (University of Chicago) “Collaborating with the Dead: Studio Tricks, Ghostliness, and the Beatles’ ‘Free as a Bird’”

Zachary Stiegler (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) and Nick Artman (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), “‘Once There Was a Way to Get Back Home’: Abbey Road Through the Rearview”

The Beatles as Image (and Imagery)
Moderator: Therese Boyd, Penn State Altoona – Devorris Downtown Center 001

Michelle Perlman (DeVry University), “The Beatles’ Promotional Videos as a Precursor to the MTV Generation”

Brian Wilcoxon (Florida State University), “John Lennon on Rolling Stone: A Case Study in Sound and Image Performance”

Gayatri Devi (Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania), “Blue Jay Way: Natural Imagery and Ecological Ethos in the Beatles’ Song Texts”
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. BREAK – Dining Car Downtown, Aaron Building Lobby
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. PLENARY SESSIONDevorris Downtown Center Auditorium
Teaching the Beatles
Moderator: Punch Shaw, Texas Christian University

Punch Shaw (Texas Christian University), “Approaches to Teaching the Beatles”

Larissa Gil (Penn State University Park) and Kenneth Womack (Penn State Altoona), “Why the Beatles, Why Now?: Teaching the Beatles for the Millennial Generation”
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. DINNER – Heritage Discovery Center
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Ed Sullivan ShowDevorris Downtown Center Auditorium