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Postcards from Desolation Row: A Conversation about Bob Dylan and Creativity

Bob Dylan's creativity
24 Aug 2018
24 August, 5pm - 6pm
An exploration of Bob Dylan's creativity and the nature of his creative process by the Harvard University Professor and author of "Dylan Matters" and the Director of the Creative Thinking Project
Event type: 
Seminar/Public Lecture
The University of Auckland. Owen Glenn Building.
12 Grafton Street Auckland City
Northland, Auckland, Waikato


To mark the Auckland concert by Bob Dylan, Patron of the University of Auckland’s Creative Thinking Project join us for a conversation, between the Academic Director of the Creative Thinking Project and a Harvard Professor who is an expert on classical Greek and Roman poetry and the work of Bob Dylan. Together they discuss Dylan’s creativity and the nature of his creative process.

Friday, 24th August 2018, 5 – 6 pm

OGGB 5 (260 – 051) Owen Glenn Building, 12 Grafton St

About the speakers:

Richard F. Thomas is George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics at Harvard University. He was educated at the University of Auckland (BA 1972, MA, 1973) and The University of Michigan (PhD 1977). His teaching and research interests are focused on Hellenistic Greek and Roman literature (chiefly Callimachus, Theocritus, Catullus, Virgil, Horace, Propertius, Ovid, Tacitus), intertextuality, translation and translation theory, the reception of classical literature, and the works of Bob Dylan. His most recent book, Why Dylan Matters, traces Dylan’s intertextual relationship with the ancient poets.

Professor Peter O’Connor is the Academic Director of the Creative Thinking Project at the University of Auckland. Peter is an internationally recognised expert in applied theatre and drama education. His research focuses on applied theatre in marginalised and vulnerable communities. Peter’s most recent research includes multi and interdisciplinary studies on the creative pedagogies and the arts, the nature of embodied learning and the pedagogy of surprise. Peter is a lifelong Dylan enthusiast.

Supported by the Department of Classics and Ancient History and The Creative Thinking Project at the University of Auckland

Written by

The Creative Thinking Project

8 Aug 2018