Kenneth Campbell Perryville, MD
Chaos Theory and the Beatles
The Beatles and their generation not only shaped the political culture of the sixties, but also embodied values and ideals that inspired a revolutionary change in consciousness for decades to come. Ken’s idea is a thought experiment applying chaos theory to history and exploring the possibility that the Beatles and the revolutionary changes of the sixties emerged out of the chaos created by the breakdown of the established order caused by the collective effects of the First and Second World Wars. The Beatles and their generation not only shaped the political culture of the sixties, but also embodied values and ideals that inspired a revolutionary change in consciousness for decades to come. His talk will link chaos theory with the Beatles as a cultural phenomenon that remains largely inexplicable.
Dr. Kenneth Campbell is a Professor of History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, where he has taught a variety of upper-level and graduate courses in British and European history for over thirty years, including a seminar on the Beatles since 2010. He received his doctorate in British and European History from the University of Delaware. He has presented scholarly papers at numerous academic conferences and received the Monmouth University Distinguished Teacher Award in 1995. Dr. Campbell is the author of eight books, including Ireland’s History: Prehistory to the Present (2014), A History of the British Isles: Prehistory to the Present (2017). His edited volume on American Popular Culture and the Beatles is coming out this summer. He is currently working on a book on “The Beatles’ Reception in the Sixties: Revolution and Social Change,” scheduled for publication with Bloomsbury Press in 2020.
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