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25th Annual Delta Symposium
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4/10/2019 to 4/13/2019
When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Where: Arkansas State University
State University, Arkansas 
United States

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The Department of English, Philosophy, and World Languages at Arkansas State University announces the twenty-fifth annual Delta Symposium, April 10–13, 2019. The Delta Symposium features a wide variety of scholarship that focuses on the Delta's history and culture. Individual and panel presentations on topics relevant to the history and culture of the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas and surrounding regions will be featured along with keynote presentations, video screenings, poetry and creative writing, and live music.

Special emphasis is on this year's theme of "Dislocation and the Delta." The focus is on how people have been dislocated from their own communities as well as on ways that dislocated people have come to live in the region. There will be a wide variety of presenters, including the Arkansas natives Harry Thomason—who has made major contributions as a producer and screenwriter—and the state's 2018 poet laureate, Jo McDougall. The organizers are also honored to bring Simon Bronner to campus to share his scholarship on Delta Blues through the university's Lecture/Concert Series. On Saturday, the morning's activities will continue with Delta Heritage Day that will feature a documentary film presentation on restorative justice work in the Elaine, Arkansas community.

The 2019 event will conclude on Saturday with the Arkansas Roots Music Festival through continued support from KASU FM 91.9. This year's music highlights the musical forms relates to rock-a-billy through showcasing Arkansas bands in a free festival. Acts include the Ozark Highlands Trio's string band music, Kurt and Andrea Stephenson's bluegrass, Mookie Cartwright's blues, and the rock-a-billy of the Boss Tweeds.

All events are free and open to the public.

For further details, one may contact the chair of the Delta Symposium Committee, Dr. Gregory Hansen, at (870) 972-3043 or ghansen@Astate.edu, or visit the symposium website.


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