Bob Dylan Academic Conference Coming to UMSL This Weekend

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Tomorrow, March 19, scholars and fans alike will gather at UMSL for a day-long conference to discuss Bob Dylan's connection with the Classics. "Bob Dylan: Immigrants, Wanderers, Exiles and Hard Travelers in the Poems, Songs and Culture of Ancient Greece and Modern America" takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Century Rooms of the Millennium Student Center. According to a press release from UMSL, "Guest speakers will discuss oral tradition, the songs of the traveler, Greek myths, Bob Dylan and Greek poetry, and Dylan's life as Robert Zimmerman growing up in immigrant communities in Minnesota." (The full release is below.) The event is free and open to the public, but you have to register.

Like the U.S., ancient Greece was a country formed of immigrants and peoples whose restless energies as travelers, wanderers, traders and soldiers brought their cultures into contact with others. In both of these cultures, song and poetic traditions engaged the human issues that leaving, or returning home creates.
Guest speakers will discuss oral tradition, the songs of the traveler, Greek myths, Bob Dylan and Greek poetry, and Dylan's life as Robert Zimmerman growing up in immigrant communities in Minnesota.
The conference is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Karakas Family Alliance for the Advancement of Hellenic Studies at UMSL, the Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies at UMSL, the Center for International Studies and UMSL.
Visit cfis-umsl.com or call 314-516-7299 to register for the lecture and to request your free parking permit, a campus map or both.

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Bob Dylan will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the New York Times reports. The songwriter will be given the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States along with author Toni Morrison, 

Desmond John
Desmond John

bob dylan has become someone he is not. he writes songs and sings them. he sings others' songs and loves them. he'a regular guy from the Midwest. people are both overestimating him. and they are underestimating his knowledge and interest in American songs. He is a very patriotic guy and a libertarian. No wonder he dont want to give autographs or talk to Oprah or the other morons on TV.

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