Steven Rings was on leave for the 2009–10 academic year, but between research, writing, presenting papers, and seeing various projects through press he felt busier than ever. His book Tonality and Transformation is in production at Oxford and will be in print in a matter of months. He was on the faculty of the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory, which was held this year at the University of Chicago. He was also the Distinguished Resident in Music Theory at the University of Michigan, where he presented research on Brahms and worked with Ph.D. students in the early stages of their dissertations. Steve also gave talks at Michigan State (on tonal and voice-leading spaces) and Music Theory Midwest (on Bob Dylan), and had a paper read in absentia at a conference on tonality in Tours, France. He will present his Dylan research again at the SMT/AMS conference in Indianapolis, where he will also participate in a panel on Vladimir Jankélévitch (with James Hepokoski, Carolyn Abbate, and others).