For release: April 12, 2012
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
In its seventh year, “The Delta – Everything Southern!” Conference at the University of Memphis will offer a day of distinguished speakers,
images, and music of the Mississippi Delta. The conference will be held Friday, June
8, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on the U of M campus.
It is presented by the Friends of the University Libraries in support of the University
The event will feature speakers on topics as diverse as the cotton industry, the drawings
and paintings of noted artist Dolph Smith, the friendship between Shelby Foote and
Walker Percy, healthcare in the Delta, and the music of the region.
The afternoon will feature a new format this year: participants may choose from two
of the five breakout sessions to spend time with their favorite experts and guest
Early conference registration (by May 7) is $65 per person; registration after May 7 is $75. The fee includes breakfast,
lunch, entertainment, break refreshments, and parking in the adjacent Zach Curlin
Registration for “The Delta – Everything Southern!” is available online at www.memphis.edu/deltaconference/register.php.
More information is available online at www.memphis.edu/deltaconference or from Inez Todd by phone at 901-678-8219 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of conference sessions and presenters:
Conversations with a Cotton Man: Richard Leatherman
Richard Leatherman, interviewed by Willy Bearden
Healthcare in the Mississippi Delta: A Journey of Historical Significance
Dr. Michael Trotter, physician in Greenville, Miss.
Dolph Smith, veteran artist
The Friendship of Shelby Foote and Walker Percy
Willy Bearden, Delta native, filmmaker, producer, author, and storyteller
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Cotton is King
Richard Leatherman and Rudi E. Scheidt, former chairman of Hohenberg Brothers Cotton
Company and philanthropist
Healthcare in Rural Mississippi
Dr. Michael Trotter; Dr. Katrina Poe, chief of staff at Kilmichael Hospital in Kilmichael,
Miss.; and Dr. Scott Morris, founder and executive director of the Church Health Center
Delta Art and Photography
Dolph Smith and Delta photographer Maude Schuyler Clay
Archeological History of the Delta
Sam Brookes, forest archeologist
Music of the Delta
Roger Stolle, owner and founder of Cat Head Blues & Folk Art in Clarksdale, Miss.;
Preston Lauterbach, author of The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll; and Tom Graves, author of Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of Blues Legend Robert Johnson.