Dylan in the Classroom 2018 - The TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies

Dylan in the Classroom 2018

Does the work of Bob Dylan belong in the classroom? Is pop music really worth studying? If so, then can and should we treat it like more traditional forms of literature, art, or classical music? Or do we need new techniques and exercises?

This symposium, hosted by the University of Tulsa’s new Institute for Bob Dylan Studies, will address these questions and many more. It will draw together scholars, teachers, and museum directors to explore the ways in which both Dylan’s music—and popular music more generally—can be successfully taught and studied from elementary classrooms through high school and college. The event features a keynote address by rock historian Gayle Wald as well as a full day of lively panels and interactive workshops.

Although aimed at students and educators, the symposium is open to the public and registration is free to everyone. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the new TU Institute and as well as the rich resources of Bob Dylan Archive®.

Featured speakers include:

Gayle Wald (George Washington University), David Gaines (Southwestern University), Debra Rae Cohen (University of South Carolina), Michael Chaiken (Chief Curator, Bob Dylan Archive), Deana McCloud (Director, Woody Guthrie Center), and Jeff Moore (Director, OK POP! Museum).

Schedule: February 9 and 10, 2018

Friday, 7:00pm | Vista Room @ Gilcrease

Keynote Address by music scholar Gayle Wald: ” ‘May Your Song Always Be Sung’: Teaching and Learning Through Popular Music.”

Followed by a Wine Reception & Live Music with Jesse Aycock and Lauren Barth

Saturday, 9:30am-4:30pm | Helmerich Center for American Research (@ Gilcrease)

9:30 AM — Coffee

9:45 — Welcome Remarks

10:00 — “Teaching Tulsa’s Musical History”

  • Jeff Moore, OKPOP
  • Deana McCloud, The Woody Guthrie Center
  • Michael Chaiken, The Bob Dylan Archive

11:00 — Break

11:15 — Panel: Dylan and the Disciplines

  • David Gaines, Southwestern University: “Bob Dylan, Beautiful Classroom Moments, and ‘Everything Side By Side Created Equal'”
  • Doug Miller, Oklahoma State University: “These Are All Protest Songs, Now Come On”: Bob Dylan and United States History”
  • Cinde Berkowitz, Tulsa Public Schools
  • Brian Hosmer, University of Tulsa (chair)

12:30 Lunch

1:30 — Panel: Taking Pop Music Seriously

  • Sean Latham, University of Tulsa: “Different Kinds of Good”
  • Tara Waugh, Tulsa Public Schools
  • Debra Rae Cohen, University of South Carolina: “Not Poetry: Taking Pop Music Seriously.”
  • Drew Wood, University of Tulsa (Chair)

2:45 — Break

3:00 — Workshop Sessions

Breakouts discussions moderated by featured speakers

4:00 — Closing Remarks


Friday — Vista Room @ Gilcrease
Saturday — Helmerich Center for American Research @ Gilcrease

1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd, Tulsa, OK 74127

Free Registration via Eventbrite. Get your tickets HERE.

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