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Delta Blues Symposium
to feature ‘Delta Foodways’

March 15, 2006 -- "Delta Foodways" provides the focus for a special panel at Delta Blues Symposium XII: Delta Diversity, a three-day conference sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The panel will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, in the Mockingbird Room of the ASU Student Union.

Amy Evans, an oral historian at the University of Mississippi Center for the Study of Southern Culture, will offer a multimedia presentation "The Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail." Sponsored by the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Viking Range Corporation, the presentation documents the history and development of the hot tamale in the Mississippi Delta region and beyond. A preview of the presentation may be found at the website

She will be joined by Joe St. Columbia, patriarch of the St. Columba family who own and operate Pasquale’s Tamales in Helena. An expert on the Delta tamale, St. Columbia oversees the family business, which developed from his father’s contacts with Mexican migrant workers to the region early in the twentieth century.

Delta Blues Symposium XII is sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy at ASU. It brings together scholars, students, performers, and artists to examine the Mississippi Delta, consider its problems, and celebrate its culture. For further information, contact the Department of English and Philosophy at 870-972-3043 or visit the website:

The foodways panel, like all Symposium events, is free and open to the public.

-- information provided by the Delta Blues Symposium committee

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