Dylan and the Beats - The TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies

Dylan and the Beats

Register for a three-day symposium this June 3-5, 2022 hosted by the University of Tulsa’s Institute for Bob Dylan Studies.  This event will mark the centenary of Jack Kerouac’s birth and the opening of the new Bob Dylan Center by exploring the musical, cultural and creative legacy of the vibrant poetic movement that helped Dylan create a new American language.

Each of the three days will have a different focus, starting first with a deep dive into the “raging beauty” of the Beats, which inspired Dylan’s own writing while reshaping our view of art, politics, religion, and sexuality.  The second day’s focus will shift to an exploration of road stories in American history, music, and art, with panels and keynotes that examine the Rolling

Thunder Revue, the art of being on the road, and the way our experiences of the open road are shaped by race, gender, and sexuality.  On the final day, we’ll widen our focus to explore the broader contexts and legacies of the Beat movement both within and beyond Dylan’s music, looking at everything from obscenity trials and protest movements to blues, jazz, and rock.  We will provide regular announcements about keynote sessions and events on this site and across our social media channels.

The symposium will be a hybrid event with a limited number of in-person tickets available.  We will also stream the sessions live at a reduced price to accommodate the challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic.  Those who join us in Tulsa will be able to visit the new Bob Dylan Center and join in a number of ancillary events including a special exhibition on Dylan and the Beats, an outdoor concert, and a pub crawl through Tulsa’s buzzing Arts District.



The symposium will take place at the Henry Zarrow Center for Arts & Education, 124 E Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK, 74103. Looking for a hotel to book? Check out our hotel recommendations.