Delta Symposium

The Delta 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.

Delta Symposium XXIII: Caring for Community
April 5-8, 2017

The Department of English & Philosophy at Arkansas State University will host the twenty-third annual Delta Symposium on April 5-8, 2017. The Delta Symposium features scholarship on a wide variety of expressive forms and will present work from multidisciplinary approaches including literary criticism, cultural studies, history, anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, sociology, speech communication, and heritage studies. The event features research in the humanities and social sciences, resonant with this year's theme of "Caring for Community."

The 2017 event includes a number of unique partnerships, including:

Presenter’s name and affiliation and a 150-word abstract of the presentation as well as a current Vita (2 pages max). Please include your address, phone number, e-mail address, and the technical needs for your presentation

Delta Symposium Committee
c/o Dr. Gregory Hansen, Chair
Arkansas State University
Dept. of English and Philosophy
P.O. Box 1890
State University, AR 72467
ghansen@astate.edu
Phone: 870-972-3043

For more information the Delta Flix Film and Media Festival, visit their web site or contact the festival coordinator, Dr. Michael Bowman.

Schedule 2017

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held at Arkansas State's Carl R. Reng Student Union
Wed
April 5, 2017
10:00 - 10:15am
City of Jonesboro Mayoral Proclamation
Director of Communications, Bill Campbell
10:15 - 3:00pm
Delta Flix Film & Media Festival Events
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Auditorium
12:00 - 12:45pm
Brown-Bag Author Talk
John T. Wayne
Introduced by LaDawn Fuhr
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
3:00 - 4:15pm
Representations of Community in Media and Literature
Michael Bowman (Arkansas State University):
"Binford’s Community: How Lloyd Binford Used Censorship to Sanitize the South"
Lillie M. Fears (Arkansas State University):
"Representations of Memphis-Based Universal Life Insurance Company in African American Print Media"
Amy Schmidt (Arkansas State University):
"‘We ain’t growin’ lettuce’: Rice and the Messiness of Identity and Community in Jo McDougall’s Daddy’s Money"
Moderated by Janelle Collins
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
4:30 - 5:30pm
Community Building and Arkansas State University Student Life
Forum and Resource Session
Kavel Oaumata
Volunteer A-State
Moderated by Kerri Bennett
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
7:00 - 9:00pm
Bob Dylan and the Club 47 Community
Evening Featured Film
"For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Music Revival"
A film by Ezzie Films and Blue Star Media
Introduced by Richard Burns
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Auditorium
THUR
April 6, 2017
8:00 - 9:00am
History and Commemoration of Heritage
Panel Session
Revis Edmonds (Arkansas State University):
"Sharing a Heritage of Faith: Little Rock's Trinity Episcopal Cathedral"
Susan E. Probasco (University of Arkansas):
"Memory-scape in Southeastern Arkansas – Children of Ghosts in a Dying Town"
Moderated by Ed Salo
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
9:15 - 10:45pm
Rohwer Reconstructed
Panel Session
Sponsored by Arkansas State Archives

Angie Payne (Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies/University of Arkansas)
Shannon M. Lausch (UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture)
Joshua Cobbs Youngblood (University of Arkansas Libraries)
Danielle Butler (Arkansas State Archives)
Crystal Shurley (Arkansas State Archives)
Moderated by Crystal Shurley
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
11:00 - 12:15pm
Arkansas State University Faculty and Community Life
Panel Session
Hessah Alqahtani, Kimberely Blackburn, and Aaron Castleberry (Arkansas State University):
“An Oral History on the Life of Richard Carvell”
Richard L. Hartness, Sr. (Arkansas State University):
“The Circle, Coping with Integrated Life at A-State, 1970 -1978”
Moderated by Ed Salo
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
12:30 - 1:00pm
Brown Bag Book Talk
The Circle
Richard L. Hartness, Sr.
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
1:15 - 2:30pm
Keynote Presentation
Panel Session
Richard M. Mizelle, Jr. (University of Houston):
"Reimagining the Limited Archive"
Introduced by Len T. Frey (Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Arkansas State University)
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
2:45 - 4:00pm
Health Care from the Past into the Present
Panel Session
"The Arkansas State College of Nursing and Health Professions: Intergenerational Health and Wellness Programs for People of Advanced Age Living in the Delta"
Amy Shollenbarger (Arkansas State University)
Shawn Drake (Arkansas State University)
M. Tracy Morrison (Arkansas State University)
Moderated by Amy Shollenbarger
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
4:15 - 5:30pm
Volunteer Opportunities in the Community
Norman Stafford, Helping Neighbors Inter-Faith Food Pantry
Micheal Sullivan, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro
Cathey Wilcox, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children
Tim Wooldridge, Crowley’s Ridge Development Council, Inc.
Moderated by Debbie Chappel-Traylor
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
7:00 - 9:00pm
Evening Featured Film
"In Country"
Featured Film

A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Auditorium
Fri
April 7, 2017
8:00 - 9:30am
Connecting Scholarship with Applied Practice in Delta Communities
Paper Session with Forum
Susan Snellgrove (Arkansas State University):
“We’re Not the Help: Cultural Care for the Community of Caregivers in Nursing Homes”
Amy Ulmer (Arkansas State University):
“Morality, Violence, Difference, and the Delta’s War on Obesity”
Abby Olivier (University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service):
“Community Philanthropy as a Practice for Sustainable, Positive Change”
Moderated by Mary Donaghy
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
9:45 - 11:15am
Producing Art in Spaces of Change
Panel Session
Robin Roberts (University of Arkansas):
“Housing Crisis, Short-Term Rentals, and Mardi Gras”
David Rotenstein (Independent Scholar):
“The Plan: A Displacement Urban Legend”
Les Wade (University of Arkansas):
“Treme’s Resurrection of the Skull: Displacement and Gentrification in Post-Katrina New Orleans”
Moderated by Richard Burns
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
11:30 - 12:30pm
Book Talk
Special Presentation on a Delta Bluesman
Mitsutoshi Inaba (Austin Peay University):
“John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson: The Blues Harmonica of Chicago’s Bronzeville”
Introduced by Mike Spikes
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
1:00 - 2:15pm
Learning about the Mississippi Delta History through the Lenses
Panel Session with Photographic Essays
April Lawrence (Mississippi Valley State University):
“Come Sit a Spell: A Photographic Essay on the Delta Porches”
Shundra Sims (Mississippi Valley State University):
“The Struggle for Civil Rights in Leflore County”
John Zheng (Mississippi Valley State University):
“Once Upon a Time: Caring for Community”
Organized and moderated by John Zheng
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
2:30 - 4:15pm
In the Community but Outside the Arkansas Delta
Roundtable Discussion
A forum with long-time contributors to the Delta Symposium
  • Jim Baird
  • Alan Brown
  • Mitsutoshi Inaba
  • Andrew Scheiber
Moderated by Gregory Hansen
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room
3:00 – 4:15pm (concurrent session)
A-State Tributary Preview
Student writers and contributors to A-State’s literary magazine
Moderated by Kerri Bennett
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Pine Tree Room
4:30 - 5:45pm
Tales from the Community
Regional Writers’ Roundtable
William L. Garner, author of Me, Boo and the Goob: A Southern Adventure
Stephen Greenwood, readings selections from And That’s the Way it Was by Roy Greenwood
Randy Lairson, author of Chicken Poop for the Toes: Tales of a Southern Scalawag
Angelia Campbell Owens, reading from The Story Of My Life written by Iwana Blevins Campbell
Moderated by LaDawn Fuhr and Marie-Jose Patton
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Auditorium
7:00 - 8:30pm
An Evening with Bobbie Ann Mason
A Conversation and Reading by Featured Writer
Bobbie Ann Mason (Lawrenceburg, Kentucky)
Introduction, Interview, and Closing Remarks by Catherine Calloway
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Auditorium
 
Reception and Hors D’Oeuvres
Heritage Plaza
Sat
April 8, 2017
9:00 - 10:30am
Bob Dylan: Scholarship in Honor of Frances Hunter
Panel Session
William Clements (Jonesboro, AR):
“Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Outlaw Ballads”
Alan Brown (University of West Alabama):
“Bob Dylan’s ‘Wagon Wheel’: Evolution of a Country Classic”
James Baird (Independent Scholar):
“Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan -- Why?”
Moderated by Marcus Tribbett
Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 1028
10:45 – 12:30pm
Bob Dylan: Scholarship in Honor of Frances Hunter
Panel Session
Thomas Du Bose (Louisiana State University – Shreveport):
“Dylan, Demosthenes, and the Delta”
Nina Goss (Fordham University):
“They Will Not Follow You: The Peculiar Triangle of Singer, Addressee, and Listener in Bob Dylan’s Songs”
John Kimsey (DePaul University):
“The Bob Dylan of Jazz”: Music in Memory of Mose Allison
Daniel Hildenbrandt (Owensboro Community College) and Enoch Doyle Jeter (University of Louisiana, Monroe):
“Doyle and Dan on Dylan”
Moderated by Lauri Umansky
Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 1028
1:00 - 5:00pm
"Arkansas Roots Music Festival”
Master of Ceremonies, Michael Doyle (KASU)
City Water and Light Park
Culberhouse and Cherry Streets, Jonesboro

1:00 The Vikki McGee Trio & The Natural Disasters
CoverTunes and Originals
2:00 Sky City
Acoustic and Originals

3:00 Apple, Rounds, Hees, and Cobb
Roots Music and Americana

4:00 Sweet Angel
Blues and R & B


Rain location: A-State Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall

The Delta Symposium is made possible with support from KASU 91.9 FM and the West End Neighborhood Association.

Contact


Delta Symposium Committee
Dr. Gregory Hansen, Chairs
Arkansas State University
Dept. of English and Philosophy
P.O. Box 1890
State University, AR 72467
ghansen@A-State.edu
Phone: 870.972.3043
Fax: 870.972.3045


The Delta Symposium is made possible with support from: