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June 28 Seminar Will Discuss the Famed and Fabled Delta
For release: May 25, 2007
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The second annual seminar on “The Delta: Everything Southern” will be held Thursday, June 28, at the University of Memphis.  The daylong event will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center on the U of M campus.

The seminar will feature six presentations by experts on a variety of topics.  They include:

  • McKay Dockery Clark, vignettes of the history of Dockery Farms, legendary birthplace of the blues, in the heart of the Delta near Ruleville and Cleveland, Miss.,
  • Discussions of blues music itself by U of M musicologist Bill Ellis, and of literature that arose from the Delta, by U of M professor Reginald Martin,
  • Mississippi Delta native and writer-filmmaker Willy Bearden’s look at Deltans of historical significance,
  • An examination of the all-black community of Mound Bayou, Miss., by Florida A&M professor David Jackson, and
  • A talk by Chester Morgan, professor at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., about the Delta’s place in history from the American Civil War until the era of the World Wars.

Following the day’s lineup of presentations, the audience will have an opportunity for a roundtable discussion with the speakers.

Registration costs $50 and includes lunch, break fare and parking in the adjacent Innovation Drive parking garage.  Seating is limited.  The inaugural seminar in 2006 sold out; early registration for this year’s event is advisable.

The symposium is sponsored by the Friends of the University Libraries.

More information is available from Dr. Nicholas Gotten, event chairman, at 901/682-9955, or Willie Bearden at 901/522-9313, or online at:  exlibris.memphis.edu/delta

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