The Pennsylvania State University Laureate

Penn State laureate, theater professor to visit Brandywine on Oct. 13

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Susan Russell, associate professor of theater, and Penn State’s 2014-15 laureate will visit the Brandywine campus as part of her “Dignity Tour” on Monday, Oct. 13. (more)

The Dignity Tour: Penn State laureate to visit Berks Oct. 15

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Susan Russell, associate professor of theatre in the College of Arts and Architecture and Penn State laureate for 2014-15, will visit Penn State Berks on Wednesday, Oct. 15, as part of her statewide “Dignity Tour” as laureate in which she will lead a public Town Hall-style meeting on Dignity and Diversity at 1 p.m. in room 121 of the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. This presentation is free and open to public. (more)

Penn State Laureate Russell launches website to spark conversations on dignity

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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The Dignity Tour: Penn State laureate’s first reflection ‘poses the question’

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Susan Russell, the 2014-15 Penn State laureate, begins a yearlong series of reflections on dignity today, June 30, as our nation approaches the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act enacted on July 2, 1964. Russell will be visiting each Penn State campus during the upcoming academic year and sharing her reflections following each visit. (more)

The Dignity Tour: Penn State laureate’s first reflection ‘poses the question’

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Susan Russell, the 2014-15 Penn State laureate, begins a yearlong series of reflections on dignity today, June 30, as our nation approaches the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act enacted on July 2, 1964. Russell will be visiting each Penn State campus during the upcoming academic year and sharing her reflections following each visit. (more)

Penn State Laureate to discuss The Beatles, their music

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

“Textualizing The Beatles,” a discussion on the nature of scholarly research related to the band, will be presented by Kenneth Womack at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library and on MediaSite Live. (more)

Theatre Professor Susan Russell named Penn State laureate for 2014-15

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Susan Russell, associate professor of theatre, has been named the Penn State laureate for the 2014-15 academic year. She succeeds 2013-14 Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack, senior associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona. (more)

Womack featured on Voice of America's 'Music Alley'

Monday, February 17, 2014

Kenneth Womack is featured in a recent Voice of America segment about the Beatles' invasion of America. (more)

50 Years of Beatles: 'The greatest showbiz town ever'

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived to unprecedented fanfare at New York City’s newly renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport. With “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and "Meet the Beatles!" ruling the top slots in the Billboard hit singles and albums charts, Beatlemania had come to America. And as cultural life in the 50 intervening years has demonstrated, it had come to stay. (more)

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: Beatles expert to speak at Brandywine

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona, will visit Penn State Brandywine at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, to present “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles.” Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to join Womack in Room 113 of the Main Building for this interactive, multimedia presentation. (more)

Third edition of Womack's book published

Monday, January 13, 2014

The revised third edition of Kenneth Womack’s book "Key Concepts in Literary Theory" was published this week by Edinburgh University Press. (more)

50 Years of Beatles: The Beatles Take Paris!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

In January 1964, only a few scant weeks before the Beatles took America by storm, the band mates settled in for an extended stay in Paris. For the group, the Parisian visit proved to be a magical experience, with the Beatles playing 18 shows at the Olympia Theatre between Jan. 16 and Feb. 4. (more)

Penn State Brandywine announces spring 2014 speaker lineup

Friday, December 13, 2013

Penn State Brandywine will host its annual Spring Speaker Series beginning in January 2014 with a lineup that includes a Beatles enthusiast, a local Revolutionary War aficionado, a film buff and a local jazz band. (more)

50 Years of Beatles: Christmas time is here again

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Between 1962 and 1970, the Beatles recorded one musical masterwork after another, amassing some 27 No. 1 hits in the United States and the United Kingdom, while producing such timeless albums as "Revolver," "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," "The Beatles (The White Album)" and "Abbey Road," among a host of others. Yet for today’s listeners, the Fab Four’s annual Christmas offerings are all but forgotten, hidden within the shadows of their unprecedented pop music achievements. (more)

50 Years of Beatles: 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' propelled band in U.S.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

As pop-music masterworks go, the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” is one of the most ambitious, self-conscious compositions in the fabled Lennon-McCartney songbook. It would also be the classic tune that would alter the group’s fortunes across the globe, as Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack explains. (more)

50 years of Beatles: It's going to be a really big show

Monday, October 28, 2013

Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack's essay series, "50 Years of Beatles," continues with a look at the first time Ed Sullivan heard of the Fab Four -- on Oct. 31, 1963 -- and the lead-up to their historic appearance on his popular variety show. (more)

50 years of Beatles: Ladies and Gentlemen, Beatlemania!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack's essay series, "50 Years of Beatles," continues with a brief history of the phrase "Beatlemania"on the anniversary of the Fab Four's first performance at the London Palladium. (more)

50 years of Beatles: Meet the Gleeks!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack kicks off his new essay series, "50 Years of Beatles," with a nod to the most recent acknowledgement of the Fab Four in today's popular culture: the Fox Broadcasting Company's hit TV show "Glee." (more)

Laureate Womack to be featured speaker during Parents and Families Weekend

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack will be a featured speaker at University Park’s Parents & Families Weekend, which is set for Oct. 4 to 6. (more)

From the Penn State laureate: Remembering the Restaurant at the End of the World

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Kenneth Womack, the sixth Penn State laureate and a professor of English and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona, shares his reflections on lives lost during the Sept. 11 attacks. His critically acclaimed 2012 novel, "The Restaurant at the End of the World," is a heavily researched collection of fictional accounts based on the actual staff of the World Trade Center's North Tower restaurant Windows on the World, told on the morning of Sept. 11, 2011. (more)

Penn State Laureate to visit Erie, share his Beatles scholarship Oct. 7

Friday, September 06, 2013

Kenneth Womack, a prolific writer on movies and music (and even the Sheetz convenience store chain), will share his Beatles scholarship on Monday, Oct. 7, at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. (more)

Penn State Laureate Womack releases third novel

Monday, August 05, 2013

A third novel by Kenneth Womack, senior associate dean for Academic Affairs, has been released for purchase. (more)

Book by Penn State laureate, associate dean chosen as gold medal winner

Monday, May 06, 2013

"The Restaurant at the End of the World," the second novel by Kenneth Womack, Penn State Altoona's associate dean for Academic Affairs and the 2013-14 Penn State laureate, was selected as the gold medal winner in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The novel was honored for Best Regional Fiction (Mid-Atlantic), and Womack will receive the medal on May 29 at a ceremony in New York City. (more)

Chris Staley: 'Outside the Frame: Making the 2012-13 Penn State Laureate Videos'

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ceramicist Chris Staley, the 2012-13 Penn State Laureate and distinguished professor of art at the University, is discussing topics related to creativity and the intersection between art and life in a series of videos to be shared during the 2012-13 academic year, aiming to expand people's ideas on art and serve as a catalyst for further conversation. The 28th video, "Outside the Frame: Making the 2012-13 Penn State Laureate Videos," is now available. (more)

Penn State Laureate Chris Staley: 'Life and Death in Art'

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Ceramicist Chris Staley, the 2012-13 Penn State Laureate and distinguished professor of art at the University, is discussing topics related to creativity and the intersection between art and life in a series of videos to be shared during the 2012-13 academic year, aiming to expand people's ideas on art and serve as a catalyst for further conversation. The 27th video, "Life and Death in Art," is posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWstPGdD824. (more)