International Beatles Conference Altoona PA February 7, 8, 9, 2014

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Kenneth Womack Penn State Altoona
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On behalf of Kenneth Womack, editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles, I
am pleased to announce an international Beatles conference ("It Was 50 Years Ago
Today!: An International Beatles Celebration") organized by Penn State
University that will be held at Penn State's Altoona College campus on February
7-9, 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
scholars. Tentative speakers include Mark Lewisohn, Walter Everett, Andy Babiuk,
and Jude Southerland Kessler. The conference will also include a concert by the
celebrated Fab Faux (at this point, tentatively scheduled), which Rolling Stone
magazine described as "the greatest Beatles cover band–without the wigs." The
conference will conclude with a commemorative screening of T
he Ed Sullivan Show as it was originally broadcast on February 9, 1964.

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions devoted
to the life, work, influence, and artistry of the Beatles. Abstracts must
include name, contact information, and affiliation and be no more than 300 words
in length. Panel submissions must include a panel title along with abstracts
from each of the participants. For more details, and submissions, please visit
the conference homepage at