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 the 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: Feb. 9-10, 2018

Friday, 7:00 p.m.

Keynote address and opening reception with Gayle Wald

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Panels and workshop on music, literature and pop culture as well as workshops on syllabus and curriculum design.


Free Registration via Eventbrite. Get your tickets HERE.


Friday, February 9 at 7:00pm

Gilcrease Museum, Helmerich Center for American Research
1400 North Gilcrease Museum Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127-2100

Event Type

Class/Workshop, Featured


General Public, Faculty, Students, Graduate Students, Alumni


Arts and Humanities, Oklahoma Center for the Humanities


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Contact Name

Tara Aveilhe

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