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Welcome Remarks by Sean Latham
8:30am to 10:00am Dylan in Italy: Typewriters, Muses, and Museums
We open the symposium by focusing first on Dylan’s extraordinary global reach—and his particular interest in Italian history and culture. Songs like “Early Roman Kings” and “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” range across the country’s history and landscape while classical myths and history shimmer through his lyrics. Here, three Italian scholars offer a survey of Dylan’s music and art from Highway 61 Revisited to Rough and Rowdy Ways. This session will be in English.
Highway 61 Decoded: From the Typewriter to the Mercury Sound
Mario Gerolamo Mossa, University of Pisa
Blood on the Tracks Revisited: From the Mercury Sound to the Paintings Trilogy
Fabio Fantuzzi, Roma Tre University
‘I’m falling in love with Calliope’: Muses and Inspiration in Bob Dylan’s Poetics
Valentina Gaziosi, University of Bologna
10:30am to 12:00pm At Work in the Archive
The Bob Dylan Archive® contains over 100,00 objects ranging from session tapes and notebooks to letters, photographs, film, and physical artifacts. What is it actually like to work with this material? And what can it tell us about Dylan’s music and creative process? This panel will feature a roundtable discussion with scholars who have worked directly with these materials and it will be moderated by Mark Davidson, Archive Director for the Woody Guthrie Center and the Bob Dylan Center.
‘If I Writ on Your Book, Love / Just You Blot Out My Name’: Revision and Effacement in Dylan’s Drafts
Anne Margaret Daniel, The New School
‘Don’t Send Me No More Letters, No’: Bob Dylan Fan Mail, By the Letter
Nathan Blue, University of Tulsa
‘One Should Never Be Where One Does Not Belong’: The Elusive Magical Mysteries of John Wesley Harding
Michael Kramer, SUNY Brockport
Dealing with Devil
Sean Latham, University of Tulsa
1:00pm to 2:30pm Collectors Roundtable
Long before the Bob Dylan Archive® arrived in Tulsa, collectors around the world have been gathering fragments of the artist’s extraordinary career: bootleg tapes, guitars, ticket stubs, magazines, correspondence, and even his childhood home in Hibbing. In this session, some of the world’s most prominent collectors will focus on a single item of particular interest in order to talk about their work and their passion. Moderated by Michael Chaiken, Curator of the Bob Dylan Archives®.
Arie de Reus
3:00pm to 4:30pm Reverberations: The Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music
The Bob Dylan Archives@ now hold the sprawling wealth of Harry Smith’s book and record collections. This keynote session will explore the enormous impact of Harry’s Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music on Dylan and the generations of artists who followed him. Keep an eye on this page and on our social media for more information about this panel and the special guests we will welcome to Dylan@80.
5:00pm to 6:00pm Breakout Session: Dylan Institute Planning
The University of Tulsa Institute for Bob Dylan Studies is growing rapidly as we work to support new research and publication on Dylan and the long tradition of the singer-songwriter. This session with Sean Latham and other members of the Institute board will give symposium participants an informal chance to discuss what they want to see from the organization and how it can better serve you.
7:00pm to 8:30pm Keynote Conversation
The first day of the symposium will close with a signature keynote event. Keep an eye on this page and on our social media for a special announcement.