College of Liberal Arts to host second annual Hootenanny

Apr 19, 2024 | General News, Liberal Arts

Live discussions with authors and podcast hosts and a songwriter.

Music and theatre and opera.

An alumni aviators’ get-together.

The second annual Hootenanny, a week (or so) each spring that spotlights both the accomplishments of the College of Liberal Arts and the opportunities the College offers, begins Monday (April 22) with a visit featuring Rob Harvilla, author of the podcast and book 60 Songs That Explain the 90’s, at 4:30 p.m. in Wyly Auditorium.

A music critic for more than 20 years, Harvilla has written for The Village Voice, Spin Magazine, Deadspin, and is now a Senior Staff Writer for The Ringer, the premier pop culture website started by Bill Simmons in 2016.

Dr. Scott Levin from the Department of English will moderate the roundtable discussion with Harvilla, along with John Worsencroft from the School of History and Social Sciences, and Shayla Blake from the School of Music.

Harvilla will also be reading excerpts from his book. (Be ready for 1990’s thoughts about Grunge, Green Day, Dr. Dre, Radiohead, Billy Ray Cyrus, Metallica, Radiohead, Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews Band, Britney Spears, and Doc Martens.)

A book signing will follow the event. The campus bookstore will provide copies for purchase ($30); it’s also available from Amazon.

For more information about Harvilla and other event engagements while he’s here, visit the School of Literature and Language Instagram,

Here is the full list of Hootenanny events:

Monday, 22 April
Rob Harvilla, Author of 60 Songs That Explain the 90’s
Author Talk and Roundtable
5:00pm in Wyly Auditorium

Tuesday, 23 April
Ruston Premiere of the film The Elephant 6 Recording Company
Film and Discussion with Director Chad Stockfleth, Rob Harvilla + Special Guests
7:00pm in Wyly Auditorium

Wednesday, 24 April
Shakespeare Festival 2024
William Shakespeare: The Eras Tour
9:00am – 3:00pm in the GTM Courtyard

Thursday, 25 April
Louisiana Tech Opera Workshop
One Night at Marlitos: An Evening of Jazz
7pm at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center

Friday, 26 April
Live Music with Matthew Szlachetka
10:30am in GTM Courtyard

AVFest (Aviation Festival)
4:00pm-7:00pm at Flight Operations

Saturday, 27 April
AVFest (Aviation Festival)
10:00am-12:00pm in Davison Hall

Tuesday, 30 April through Sunday, 5 May
Soul Samurai (School of Theatre Production)
Play by Qui Nguyen:     Arthur W Stone Theatre
7:00pm (30 April – 4 May); at 2:30pm (5 May)
Box Office: 318-257-3942 (Mon-Fri 1:30-4:45pm)

Wednesday, 1 May
Stephanie Shonekan and Adam Seagrave, authors of Race and the American Story
Author Talk: 10:00am in Wyly Auditorium