The Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State University sponsors the twentieth annual Delta Symposium April 2 - 5, 2014, on "Diversities in the Delta." The Delta Symposium often features scholarship on blues and other musical expressions, and the symposium's focus also includes a wide variety of expressive forms that are resonant with Delta history and culture.
The symposium hosts scholars and students of the humanities and social sciences, and features multidisciplinary presentations on topics ranging from literature, music, and art to historical and contemporary issues relevant to life in the region. The event offers a variety of presentations, including panels, concerts, keynote speakers, readings/signings by prominent writers, and the Saturday afternoon Roots Music Festival.
The 20th annual conference will bring scholars, students, musicians, and artists from across the nation to the Arkansas State University-Jonesboro campus to explore and experience the Delta's history and culture.
The event will take place from Wednesday until Saturday, April 2-5. Most events will take place in the Mockingbird Room on the third floor of ASU's Reng Student Services Center/Student Union, 101 North Caraway Road, Jonesboro.
On Saturday afternoon, the symposium will conclude with the "Delta Roots Music Festival." This outdoor event will feature roots music in a range of genres at Jonesboro's City Water and Light Park. The event begins at 12:00 with a Blues and Roots Music Showcase presentation of local talent. The main acts scheduled to appear throughout the afternoon begin with the United Voices Gospel Choir of Arkansas State University. To celebrate 20 years of the Delta Symposium, long-time presenters and friends of the symposium will play in a musical showcase that begins at 1:30. Featured musicians include the Blues Doctors, David Evans, Wilkson James, Stephen Wade, and Mitsutoshi Inaba and the Delta Symposium jam band. The electic Arkansas group, Justin Heskett Band, will perform rockabilly, country, and rock 'n' roll at 4:00. They'll be followed by renowned bluesman and recording artist John Hammond.
The park is located at the intersection of Culberhouse and Cherry, and there's no admission fee charged for the afternoon event. This event is co-sponsored by the West End Neighborhood Association with support from the Arkansas Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. In case of rain, Saturday's events will be moved to the Reng Center Auditorium at Arkansas State University.
Delta Symposium Committee
c/o Dr. Lauri Umansky and Dr. Gregory Hansen
Arkansas State University
Dept. of English and Philosophy
P.O. Box 1890
State University, AR 72467
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