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The Annual Reeves Lecture with Professor Jeffrey Hammond
"Don't Worry, Baby: An Apology to Brian Wilson"
The Annual Reeves Lecture by Jeffrey Hammond, professor of English and the George B. and Willma Reeves Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts
In the 1960s everyone was wild for the Beach Boys -- everyone, that is, except a teenage drummer playing in three-chord rock bands in a small Ohio town. Now an English professor in late middle age, that kid drummer grew up to realize that his dismissal of the Beach Boys was woefully misguided. It might not be too late, however, to right an old wrong. After giving their music a more careful hearing and reflecting more sympathetically on the personal difficulties of their leader, Professor Hammond has come to see that he owes the Beach Boys a long-overdue apology. In this year's Reeves Lecture, he delivers that apology by recanting his former errors and declaring that he is now a fan.
Free for families and alumni. Pre-registration is suggested.