American Culture From Every Angle

Asking Eric Posner about President Obama's use of executive discretion. A conversation with Rosanna Warren on poetry as history. Hearing Alison Winter explain the unusual source materials she discovered while studying memory. Any one of these conversations could be the highlight of a graduate-level course. For students to have multiple opportunities—one every week for a quarter—is an extraordinary circumstance, but it happens in the graduate seminar that is a signature project for the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture.

Steven Rings on the Many Voices of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is the ultimate musical shape-shifter. In his five-decade career, he has refused to stay in the same place for long, moving fluidly between genres, voices and performance styles. To some, that elusive quality makes Dylan almost maddening. To others, it makes him fascinating. But to musicologist Steven Rings, it makes Dylan's work a perfect object of scholarly analysis.

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