ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - Two St. Bonaventure University faculty members will deliver presentations at an academic conference on Bob Dylan.

Michael Chiariello, a professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, and Richard Lee, an associate professor in the Jandoli School of Communication, will speak at the World of Bob Dylan Symposium, which takes place at the University of Tulsa Institute for Bob Dylan Studies in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from May 30 to June 2.

Lee’s talk, “Bob Dylan, Citizen Journalist: Exploring ‘The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll’,” is scheduled for June 1 at 9:30 a.m. It is part of a Musical Activism panel.

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Lee will explore the role and responsibility of songwriters, entertainers and artists who in effect become journalists when they relate news events in song, film or other entertainment media. He also will explain how “Hattie Carroll” follows the format of a news story with an opening verse that answers the questions of who, what, when, where, why and how and subsequent verses that follow inverted pyramid style.

Chiariello will deliver his paper, "Bob Dylan’s Gentle Agnosticism: ‘Every Grain of Sand' and the Defense of Objective Truth," June 2 during an 11:30 a.m. Dylan and Philosophy panel.

The paper is part of an effort to develop an answer to the question: “How can we reconcile Dylan's often changing belief commitments with his advocacy of absolute truth?”

Chiariello and Lee will join scholars, critics, musicians, fans and experts from around the world to explore Dylan’s music, life and work at the conference. Participants will take part in panels, lectures, exhibitions and performances.

Byrds founder Roger McGuinn will appear as the headline attraction, and keynote speakers will include music journalists Greil Marcus and Ann Powers.

Additional information is available on the World of Bob Dylan Symposium website.


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