International Festival of Arts & Ideas | Lecture: The Act You’ve Known for all These Years: Deconstructing “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

Event time: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 5:30pm

Everyone knows the story of the four boys from Liverpool who shaped and reshaped popular music, leaving a permanent imprint on Baby Boomers and every generation since. The Beatles are so ingrained in our culture that we rarely take the opportunity to critically explore the value and nuances of their work as artists. During this lecture, ​Scott Freiman, an expert Beatles-ologist and author of All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release, will explore the influences, nuances, and cultural impact of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

To complement this program, and the Mark Morris Dance Group’s performance of Pepperland at the Shubert Theatre, the Center will display a special selection of Beatles-related objects in the Study Room on Wednesday, June 20, from 2 to 5 pm, and Thursday, June 21, from 10 am to noon.

The twenty-third annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas brings together artists and thinkers from around the world to New Haven. Two exhibitions will be on view at the Center over the course of the festival: Art in Focus: John Goto’s “High Summer” and Celia Paul. Presented jointly by the Center and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, this program will take place in the Center’s Lecture Hall and can also be viewed live online at

Lecture Hall
Space is limited
(This venue is wheelchair accessible)
Open to: 
General Public