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"Imagining the Delta" for 11th
Delta Blues Symposium April 7 - 9
March 9, 2005--“Imagining
the Delta” is the theme for the 11th annual Delta Blues Symposium,
sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State
University in Jonesboro.
The three-day event begins on Thursday, April 7, and continues through
Saturday, April 9. Scholars, students, artists, and performers will
gather to examine and celebrate the Delta’s rich cultural resources.
All symposium events are free and open to the public.
The symposium begins on Thursday, April 7, at 10:30 a.m. in the
Mockingbird Room of the new ASU Student Union, when undergraduate
students will present research on “Placemaking Through Arkansas Folklife.”
At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, concurrent sessions in the Mockingbird and
Pine Tree Rooms will examine “From the Mekong Delta to the Mississippi
Delta: The Vietnam War and the American South” and “Southern Literature
Revised: Placing the Delta.”
At 4 p.m. the symposium will move to the Black Box Theatre in Fowler
Center, where the Department of Theatre will present “Delta Playwrights:
Scenes from Plays by Tennessee Williams and Beth Henley.”
Thursday’s activities will conclude with a concert by Little Milton at
the Student Union auditorium, as part of the Lecture-Concert Series.
The symposium resumes Friday, April 8, at 8:30 a.m. with concurrent
sessions on “The Hoxie 21–Stories, New Voices, New Perspectives:
Imagining Race in the Arkansas Delta” and “Religion and Literature in
the Delta” in the Mockingbird and Pine Tree Rooms. Meanwhile a screening
of the film “West Memphis Blues: Clides ‘Bo Pete’ Fleming” will occur in
At 10:15 a.m., sessions in the Pine Tree and Mockingbird Rooms and the
auditorium will consider “Delta Literature and Culture: ASU Heritage
Studies Graduate Students,” “Folklore, Myth, and the Blues,” and
“Documenting and Interpreting the Delta.”
Beginning at 2 p.m., sessions on Delta literature and creative writing
will convene in the Pine Tree and Mockingbird Rooms.
At 4:15 p.m., Henry Glassie of Indiana University will deliver the
symposium’s keynote lecture on “Sweet Home in the Delta: Imagining the
Other Side of the World” in the Student Union auditorium.
The symposium will move to the Grand Hall of Fowler Center at 7 p.m. for
a reading by poet Jo McDougall and novelist John Dufresne. A reception
will follow this event.
Saturday morning begins at 8:30 a.m. with sessions on Delta literature
and “Blues Beyond the Delta” in the Mockingbird and Pine Tree Rooms.
At 10:45 a.m. these rooms will provide the sites for sessions on
“Tennessee Williams” and “Land of the Blues.” Meanwhile, the film “West
Memphis Blues: Clides ‘Bo Pete’ Fleming” will be shown in the
Saturday afternoon’s activities will take place in the Fowler Center: a
panel featuring photographers Maude Schuyler Clay, David Rae Morris, and
West Freeman in the Grand Hall at 1:30 p.m.; a presentation “Fannie Lou
Hamer: This Little Light. . .” by poet/actor Billie Jean Young at 4 p.m.
in the Black Box Theatre; and the annual Delta Composers Concert
sponsored by the Department of Music at 5 p.m. in Riceland Hall. A
reception will follow the concert.
For further information on Delta Blues Symposium XI, contact the ASU
Department of English and Philosophy at 870-972-3043 or visit the
symposium website at
Funding and other assistance has been provided by the Department of Art,
Department of History, Department of Theatre, Department of Music,
Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program, College of Humanities and Social
Sciences, Office of Diversity Initiatives, and Lecture~Concert Series.
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