Counterculture Icons the Merry Pranksters to Speak at OSU Nov. 20

The Merry Pranksters: A Zany, Psychedelic, Rollicking Conversation with the Merry Pranksters,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

The talk is free and open to the public.

The Pranksters’ appearance is the last installment of the College of Liberal Arts’ series, “The 60s: The Decade that Changed America.” The series, created by journalist and historian Bob Santelli, celebrates the cultural and artistic impact the 1960s have had on the past five decades of American life. Santelli is OSU’s director of popular music and performing arts.

‪The Merry Prankster, led by “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Sometimes a Great Notion” author Ken Kesey, broke ground and paved way for the emergence of the ‘60s counterculture. Based out of Eugene, Kesey and the Pranksters used elements of guerilla theater to advocate for and advance a cultural revolution. 

Kesey and the Pranksters were immortalized in journalist Tom Wolfe’s 1968 book “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” which chronicled the group’s journey from California to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City on their colorful bus “Further.”

Joining Santelli will be original Pranksters Carolyn “Mountain Girl” Garcia, Ken Babbs and George Walker, along with Kesey’s son Zane.

The LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis.

By Celene Carillo, 541-737-2137, celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

Source: Bob Santelli, 541-737-1797, robert.santelli@oregonstate.edu

OSU Film Scholar and Distinguished Professor Jon Lewis to speak Oct. 23

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Hollywood in the 60s: A Conversation with Distinguished Professor of Film Studies Jon Lewis” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. The talk is free and open to the public.

Lewis’ appearance is part of the College of Liberal Arts’ series, “The 60s: The Decade that Changed America.” The series, created by journalist and historian Bob Santelli, celebrates the cultural and artistic impact the 1960s have had on the past five decades of American life. Santelli is OSU’s director of popular music and performing arts.

Lewis has written more than a dozen books on film studies, and is also is the editor of a ground-breaking 10-volume series of academic books on the history of the U.S. film craft that was underwritten by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

He has been editor and advisory board member for the field’s leading peer-reviewed academic journal – the Cinema Journal – and has served as a juror for the American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in the student film category. Lewis excels at taking students behind the scenes of the film industry and was executive producer for a video production series on major figures in the U.S. industry.

An OSU faculty member since 1983, Lewis has received numerous awards for his books, including the New York Times New and Noteworthy Paperback for “Hollywood v. Hard Core”; the Booklist Medal for “For Whom God Wishes to Destroy” and the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award for “Romance and Ruin.”

The LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis. The event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.

Woodstock publicist Rona Elliot and photographer Henry Diltz to speak in Corvallis

"Woodstock, Revisited: A conversation with publicist Rona Elliot and official Woodstock photographer Henry Diltz” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. The talk is free and open to the public. 

Elliot and Diltz’s appearance is part of the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts’ series, “The 60s: The Decade that Changed America.” The series celebrates the cultural and artistic impact the 1960s have had on the past five decades of American life. The series was created by OSU’s director of performing arts, journalist and historian Bob Santelli.

Rona Elliot has given us intimate looks at the lives of some of rock’s greatest singers, songwriters and performers including The Rolling Stones,Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and more. As U.S. editor of the recent “Woodstock 40,” book and multimedia boxed set, Elliot conducted dozens of interviews and organized a wealth of stories, historical documents and essays about Woodstock.  

Folk musician and self-taught photographer Henry Diltz’s work has graced more than 200 album covers, as well as books, magazines and galleries worldwide. His stunning stage shots and warm, intimate images of stars like Chuck Berry, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell have brought us closer to music’s most familiar faces. 

The LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, 97331. This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. 

Story by: Celene Carillo, celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-2137

Contact: Bob Santelli, robert.santelli@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-1797

 

Historian and Dylan expert Sean Wilentz to speak in Corvallis

"Bob Dylan and 1960s America: A Conversation with Historian Sean Wilentz," will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 13 at the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

Wilentz’s appearance is part of the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts’ new series, “The 60s: The Decade that Changed America.” The series celebrates the cultural and artistic impact the 1960s have had on the past five decades of American life. The series was created by OSU’s director of performing arts, journalist and historian Bob Santelli.

Sean Wilentz is one of the nation’s most prominent historians. His writings on music have focused on folk traditions and contemporary rock and roll, especially the work of Bob Dylan. His liner notes for Dylan’s album, The Bootleg Series, Volume 6, Bob Dylan Live, 1964: Concert at Philharmonic Hall were honored with a Grammy® nomination and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary.

Wilentz has written liner notes for other notable reissues, including the full Carnegie Hall concert of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, recorded in 1963. He is also the co-editor, with Greil Marcus, of The Rose & the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad (2004). Since 2001, he has served as historian-in-residence at Dylan’s official Website, www.bobdylan.com.

In September 2010, Doubleday published Wilentz’s new book, Bob Dylan in America.

Wilentz’s historical scholarship has concentrated on the political and social history of the United States from the American Revolution to recent times. Wilentz is currently the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1979.

The LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, 97331. For additional information about the series visit: https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/60s-decade-changed-america. This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.

Story by: Celene Carillo, celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-2137

Contact: Bob Santelli, robert.santelli@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-1797

Beatles Authority Kenneth Womack to speak in Corvallis

Beatles expert Ken Womack

“It was 50 Years Ago Today…The Beatles and the 60s: A Conversation with World-Renowned Beatles Authority Ken Womack” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 28 at the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

He is the author or editor of 35 books, including “Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles,” “The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles,” “The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four” and a two-volume biography of Beatles producer George Martin. Womack’s writing has also appeared in Salon, Slate, Variety, The Independent, The Guardian, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

Womack is Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, where he also serves as Professor of English. He is the author of three award-winning novels, including John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel (2010), The Restaurant at the End of the World (2012), and Playing the Angel (2013). His latest novel, I Am Lemonade Lucy!, is forthcoming in 2019. 

The LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, 97331. 

Story by: Celene Carillo, celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-2137

Contact: Bob Santelli, robert.santelli@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-179

 

 

 

Presidential historian and ABC analyst Mark K. Updegrove to speak in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “LBJ, the Great Society and the 1960s: A conversation with presidential historian and ABC analyst Mark K. Updegrove” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

Updegrove’s appearance is part of the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts’ new series, “The 60s: The Decade that Changed America.” The series celebrates the cultural and artistic impact the 1960s have had on the past five decades of American life. The series was created by OSU’s director of performing arts, journalist and historian Bob Santelli.

Mark K. Updegrove is the president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation and serves as Presidential Historian for ABC News, where he appears regularly on “Good Morning America” and “This Week.” He was the director of the LBJ Presidential Library from 2009-2017 and hosted the 2014 Civil Rights Summit, which included Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter. During his tenure, he also oversaw a major renovation of the Library’s core museum exhibits.

Updegrove is the author of four books on the presidency including “The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush” and “Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency.” He has written for The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, The Daily Beast, Time, Parade, and National Geographic and has conducted exclusive interviews with five U.S. presidents.

Earlier in his career, Updegrove served as the publisher of Newsweek and president of Time Magazine's Canadian edition.

The LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, 97331. For additional information about the series visit: https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/60s-decade-changed-america. This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.

Story by: Celene Carillo, celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-2137