Department of Classics

"Why Bob Dylan Matters"

Note: this event does not take place on UT campus

Thu, November 16, 2017 | Kelvin+Eleanor Smith Foundation Ballroom in the Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Rock Hall's Library & Archives, Case Western Reserve University's Center for Popular Music Studies, and CWRU's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities with will welcome authors Thomas Palaima and Richard Thomas for a special discussion on 1988 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Dylan, moderated by CWRU’s Daniel Goldmark. A book sale and signing will immediately follow the lecture.

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Richard F. Thomas, George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics at Harvard University, has since 2004 taught a four-yearly freshman seminar on Bob Dylan. He is co-editor, with Catharine Mason, of The Performance Artistry of Bob Dylan (2007) to which he also contributed a chapter, “The Streets of Rome: The Classical Dylan.” His forthcoming book Why Dylan Matters (Dey Street Books, November, 2017) explores Dylan’s career from the perspective of Greek and Roman literary and performative traditions. 

Thomas G. Palaima is the Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. and the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship for his work on Aegean scripts. He is a regular commentary writer for the Austin American-Statesman and a regular reviewer and occasional feature writer for the Times Higher Education. He has also written for The Texas Observer and Michigan War Studies Review. He has appeared on NPR, national, Austin and and Boston, and on Wisconsin Public Radio. Many of his publications on Bob Dylan can be found on his blog at


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