Bob Dylan playing a guitar and singing
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Why Bob Dylan Matters

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Due to demand, this event has been moved to a new location.   


Thursday, November 16 7p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)


NEW LOCATION Kelvin + Eleanor Smith Foundation Ballroom in the Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University / 11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106 


This event is FREE with a reservation. Rock Hall members can RSVP starting at 10am on Monday, September 25. Non-members can RSVP starting at 10am on Tuesday, September 26. To RSVP, visit


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.



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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