We are putting the last few touches on the Dylan@80 program and registration opens Monday! The symposium program includes seventeen different sessions spread over three days featuring some of the best new work on Dylan by over fifty different scholars, critics, journalists, and collectors from around the world. We proudly mix established commentators with up-and-coming voices in order to capture the ways in which Dylan’s extraordinary body of work continues to resonate through the past and live into the future.
And that question of history–as a torment, a promise, and wellspring of innovation–has long been essential to Dylan’s music and imagination. But how does that history look to a historian? We are delighted to announce that Sean Wilentz, the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of American History at Princeton University will join us to explore this question at our keynote session on May 24. Wilentz is known to Dylan fans the world over as the author of the ground-breaking Bob Dylan in America and the liner notes for The Bootleg Series, Vol 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, which received a Grammy Award nomination. He is one of the nation’s leading historians of the Revolutionary era and an active commentator on American life, culture, and politics.