Stephen Hazan Arnoff
"About Man and God and Law":
Bob Dylan and Religion
Wednesday, March 25, 2009; 4:30PM
Clark Hall, Rm. 309, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland
As rock and roll's greatest poet and one of the most important artists in any medium over the past half century, Bob Dylan wrestles with religion at the heart of his work. From iconoclast to Zionist to fundamentalist and back, explore Dylan's encounter with God, the Bible, Israel, religious identity, faith, and morality. In a discussion illustrated by selected clips of music, video, and text, scholar of popular and Jewish culture Stephen Hazan Arnoff explains how Dylan's pursuit spiritual truth embodies a modern quest of many great artists and intellectuals to make sense of ancient traditions and folkways when religious institutions and practice fail them. A self-defined religious outlaw, learn how Dylan makes sense of his own creed: "To live outside the Law you must be honest."