ASU's Dept. of English and Philosophy Presents:
Delta Symposium XVIII:
Roots and Generations
18-21 April 2012
(Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public and will be held in ASU's Student Union, Mockingbird Room)
Wednesday, April 18
12:00 - 1:00 "We Juke Up in Here: Mississippi's Juke Joint
Culture at the Crossroads." Screening of documentary film
produced by Roger Stolle, Jeff Konkell, and Damien Blaylock.
1:15 - 3:15 "The Interplay Between Individual and Community in
Richard Hartness (Arkansas State University): "Autoethnography: A Virtually Untapped Resource for Heritage Studies"
Anita Reddig (Arkansas Sate University): "Myra Rodes Trotter: A Lady in the Antebellum South"
Emmett Powers (Arkansas State University): "Colonel Raymond C. Morris, U. S. Army: Exploring Self-Identity through Mediating Structures"
Charles Baclawski (Arkansas State University): "The Influence of the Economy of Neighborliness on Communities"
Moderated by Gregory Hansen
3:30 - 5:00 "Documentary Research and Roots Music"
Dyann Arthur (MusicBox Project, Mill Creek, Washington): "Americana Women: Roots Musicians/Women's Tales and Tunes"
Moderated by Mary Donaghy
7:30 - 9:00 Blues and Roots Music Showcase Performances
The Arts @ 311
311 South Church Street, Jonesboro
Thursday, April 19
9:30 - 10:45 "Overall's Wanderings: Delta Roots and Jazz Connections"
Forum Presentation by Mike Overall (Jonesboro)
Moderated by E. Ron Horton
11:00 - 12:00 "Twisted Roots: Music, Politics, and the American Dream Blues"
Performance and Presentation
John Kimsey (School for New Learning/DePaul, Chicago)
Introduced by E. Ron Horton
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Keynote Speaker
Jay Gitlin (Yale University): Dixie: Revisiting or Reconsidering the French Heritage in Southern Culture"
Introduced by Clyde A. Milner, II
2:15 - 4:00 "Roots Music and Popular Imagery in the Blues"
Colin Beineke (Arkansas State University): "'Don't You Know Who I Am?': Stagger Lee in Underground Media"
Alan Brown (University of West Alabama): Blues Resurrection: Junior Kimbrough and the Blues Documentary Deep Blues"
Mitsutoshi Inaba (Eugene, Oregon): "The Death of Sonny Boy Williamson I"
Moderated by Richard Burns
4:15 - 5:30 Musical Performance/Presentation
"Fiddle and Banjo Tunes in Traditional Culture: From Old-Time Roots to Modern Branches"
Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman
Introduced by Michael Luster
7:30-9:00 Poetry Reading
Introduced by Carol O'Connor
(Cache River Room, Reng Student Union)
Friday, April 20
8:00 - 10:15 "Remembering Our Roots"
Panel Session/Forum on African-American Cultural Conservation
Lillie Fears (Arkansas State University)
Steve Johnson (Johnson Studios, Helena)
Tamela Lewis (Preservation of African American Cemeteries)
LaSaundra Williams (Arkansas Humanities Council, Little Rock)
Mable Bynum (Lakeview Association of Alumni & Friends, Inc.)
George Bingham (Eliza Miller All-School Reunion, Helena)
Moderated by Brady Banta
10:30 - 11:30 Keynote Address
Alan Jabbour and Karen Jabbour: "Decoration Day in the Mountains"
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 12:50 Book-Talk and Signing
1:00 - 3:00 - "Arkansas Traditions through Time and Across Generations"
Beth Bright (Arkansas State University): "'And the Merry Love the Fiddle': Human Connections through Music and Performance"
Katherine Dillion (Harding University): Like Father Like Son: The Live Band Tradition of a Delta Family"
Susan E. Probasco (University of Arkansas): "Speer House: A Haunting in Clay County"
Michael Rounds (Arkansas State University): "Gospel Music and Young Adult Audiences"
Moderated by Paul Nunis
3:30 - 5:30 "Roots Culture and Media"
Arkansas State University Panel
Shan Lin: "Propaganda's Use of Fear and Anger to Build Public Support"
Megan Gosa: "Johnson Publishing Company's Transition"
Wayne Narey: "More Government, Please: The Federal Theatre Project and Creativity"
Mark Randall: "Rockabilly and the Vaden Record Label"
Moderated by Michael Doyle
(Concurrent session - registration required)
Guest writer, Thom Vernon
(Pine Tree Room)
7:30 - 9:00 Evening Concert
7:30 - 9:00 Evening Concert
Legendary Mississippi Bluesman L. C. Ulmer
Introduced by Richard Burns
(Student Union Auditorium)
Saturday, April 21
10:00 - 10:45 Film Screening
"Americana Women: Roots Musicians/Women's Tales and Tunes"
Dyann Arthur (Music Box Project, Mill Creek, Washington)
Meet the filmmaker at the Jonesboro Public Library
10:45 - 12:15 Architectural Walking Tour of Jonesboro's West End
Sponsored by the Northeast Arkansas AIA
Led by Jonesboro Design Professionals
Libii Fairhead (Brackett and Krennerich)
Jim Little (Little and Assocoates)
John Mixon (Stuck Associates)
Meet at the Jonsboro Public Library
12:00 - 5:00 "Roots Music Festival"
Master of Ceremonies, Michael Luster (Arkansas Folklife Program)
Rising Stars Fife and Drum Band
David Lynn Jones
Jimbo Mathus & Tri-State Coalition
(City Water and Light Park, Jonesboro)
Delta Symposium XVIII is made possible by funding from the Arkansas Arts Council, KASU 91.9 FM, the Department of English and Philosophy, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Arkansas State University.
Location of meeting rooms at the Student Union -- http://www.astate.edu/union/
Building and parking maps -- click here and then click "map" in the index.
Additional maps for motels, dining, etc. --