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  • Saturday, April 1, 2017
  • 4:00 PM–5:15 PM
  • Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Panel Five: Folk Justin Stover: “Unravelling the Freak-Folk Flag: Explorations of Music, Spirituality, and Revolution in Harry Smith’s ​Anthology of American Folk Music” Ben Dixon: “The Theology of Bob Dylan” Joseph Novak: “I Will Hang My Head Low” (The Decemberists)

Justin Stover: “Unravelling the Freak-Folk Flag: Explorations of Music, Spirituality, and Revolution in Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music

Justin Stover is a freelance journalist, podcaster, and folk-music enthusiast. His writings have appeared in Pitchfork, Relevant Magazine, REVUE, and various other publications across the country. He has presented papers at various conferences, including Calvin Festival of Faith & Music. Justin currently and actively maintains the blod and podcast Blue Collar Songwriting at www.blucollarsongwriting.com.

Ben Dixon: “The Theology of Bob Dylan”

Ben Dixon is an MDiv student at Princeton Theological Seminary. His previous publications include an essay in Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought and a Kale and Caramelized Onion Pizza recipe in Vegetarian Times. He is a music lover and amateur theologian.

Joseph Novak: “I Will Hang My Head Low” (The Decemberists)

The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Novak is currently the Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Flint, Michigan. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Novak holds degrees from Cornerstone University (B.S.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D. in Theology). His doctoral work was in the area of Liturgical Studies and his dissertation focused on the Reformed Liturgical Tradition. While writing his dissertation, he was a Visiting Scholar at Calvin College through the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. He is a long-time fan of The Decemberists as well as of coffee, science-fiction, and playing outside with his three children. Novak and his wife, Katie, and their family reside in the Greater Flint area.

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