The University of Tulsa is pleased to announce the creation of a broadly interdisciplinary research institute based on campus and dedicated to exploring the work, life, and legacy of Bob Dylan. We aim, in particular, to amplify TU’s unique status as the new home of Dylan studies, to draw students and faculty into the archives, to foster world-class research, to engage with Tulsa’s rich musical culture, and to attract international recognition of the university as a leader in the arts and humanities.
Dr. Brian Hosmer, H. G. Barnard Professor of Western American History, and Dr. Sean Latham, Pauline McFarlin Walter Endowed Chair of English, will lead the new Institute for Bob Dylan Studies. Together, they will reach out to local and national partners in order to develop joint programming that links the Institute to other campus initiatives like Cultures of the Americas and the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities as well as other cultural resources (e.g. Woody Guthrie Center, OK POP, and the Tulsa Folk Alliance).
Among many initiatives to be developed over time, The TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies will sponsor scholarly symposia, as well as programs directed to the general public, student assistantships, institutes for teachers, community-based initiatives, and original research in the archives. The Bob Dylan Archive is a unique treasure, and along with the Bob Dylan Center located in the Brady Arts District, TU’s institute will draw international attention from scholars and students as well as from a much larger public interested in the work of one of America’s most original artists.