Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Schedule

Delta Symposium XXIV/Arkansas Roots Music Festival 2018

Schedule of Events:
Pre-registration is not required, and all events are free. 
Schedule is subject to change. For additional registration and symposium information contact

Dr. Gregory Hansen at ghansen@astate.edu

Arkansas State University's
Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages Presents
Delta Symposium XXIV: Discovering the Region’s Voices

2018 Schedule of Events

Unless otherwise notated, all events will be held at 
A-State's Carl R. Reng Student Union Mockingbird Room

Wednesday, April 11

12:00 – 1:30 Welcome and Proclamation from the City of Jonesboro Mayor's Office
Kelly Damphousse (Chancellor, Arkansas State University)

Book Talk and Meet the Authors Special Presentation
Discussion of Bullets and Fire: Lynching and Authority in Arkansas, 1840-1950 Guy Lancaster (Encyclopedia of Arkansas History, Little Rock) Volume editor and contributing writer
Cherisse Jones-Branch (Arkansas State University) Contributing writer
Introduced by Janelle Collins
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

2:00 – 3:15 In Their Own Voices: An Oral History Project with the Inaugural James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Endowed Professors

Panel Session
Seungho Chung, Jeannie Mitchell, Chelsea Carter and Mesfer Alharethi 
(Arkansas State University): “An Oral History with John D. Hall”
Conster Hines, Adebukola Afolabi, Jayaprakash Veeramreddy and Ahmed Deen (Arkansas State University): “An Oral History with Cherisse Jones-Branch”
Heather Lemon, TiAna Marshall, and Baker Weilert (Arkansas State University): “A Journey from Mexico to Jonesboro: An Oral History with Argelia Lorence”
Moderated by Lillie Fears
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

3:30 – 5:00 Listening to Writers’ Voices 

Panel Session
Aleshia O’Neal (Harding University): “Charlie May Simon: Hearing the Voice of an Arkansas Writer”
Andrew Scheiber (University of St. Thomas): “Whose Roots are Showing? The Question of ‘Voice’ in Contemporary Americana Music (As Seen Through the Eyes of Ellison’s Invisible Man)”
Moderated by Debbie Chappel-Traylor
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

7:00 – 9:00 Visual Representations of Delta Life
Photographic and Video Documentation 
Image Share
Coordinated by Gregory Hansen
Location: A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Auditorium

Thursday, April 12

8:00 – 9:15 Oral History and Life History

Panel Session
Conster Hines (Arkansas State University): "‘She Taught Us More Than ABCs: An Oral History with Retired School Teacher, Tilda Mae Bussey-Holmon”
Jeannie Mitchell (Arkansas State University): “‘A Not So Ordinary Person’: Joyce Denton, An Oral History”
Lindsay Penn (Arkansas State University): “The Arkansas Delta According to Octave Thanet
Moderated by Edward Salo
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

9:30 – 10:45 Engaging with Rural History

Panel Session
Revis Edmonds (Department of Arkansas Heritage, Little Rock): “The Voiceless and the Political Bourbons: The Limits of New Deal Programs to East Arkansas’s Rural Poor”
Amy Schmidt (Arkansas State University): “Legacy, Sustainability, and Community: East Arkansas Rice Farmers in Their Own Words”
Aimie Michelle Taylor (Arkansas State University): “More Than Just ‘Rigmarole’: The Influence of African American Fraternalism in the Southern Tenant Farmers Union”
Moderated by Helen Duclos
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

11:00 – 12:15 Talking about African-American Presses

A Conversation about Writing and Publishing
Lillie Fears (Arkansas State University): “The Black Press in Arkansas: A Voice for the Voiceless”
Janis F. Kearney (Writing Our World Publishing, Little Rock): “Daisy and L.C. Bates’ Parallel Roles in America’s Civil Rights Struggle and the Black Press”
Moderated by Gabriel Tait
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

12:30 – 1:00 Listening to Red Wolves

Brown Bag Lunch Talk
Samantha Burnett, Elizabeth Etzkorn, Michael Gates, and Shayn Goodling 
(Arkansas State University’s Red Wolves for Red Wolves)
Introduced by Tom Risch
A-State Carl Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

1:15 – 2:30 Keynote Presentation
Janis F. Kearney (Writing Our World Publishing, Little Rock): "Still I Rise: Rise: A Blueprint for the Celebrate! Maya Project of Arkansas" 
Introduced by Lonnie R. Williams (Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Arkansas State University)
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

2:45 – 4:15 Voices of the Mississippi Delta

Panel Session
Mamie Osborne (Mississippi Valley State University): “All Their Babies: The Legacy of African American Midwives in the Rural South”
Deborah Purnell (Mississippi Valley State University): “Endesha Ida Mae Holland Confronts Violence and Discovers the Redemptive Power of Self-Love”
John Zheng (Mississippi Valley State University): “Mississippi John Hurt: A Peculiar Voice beyond the Delta”
Moderated by Michael Spikes
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

4:30 – 5:45 Voices within the Built Environment

Panel Session 
David S. Rotenstein (Silver Spring, Maryland): “Blues Ghosts in the Parking Lots: Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Tourism in Helena, Arkansas”
Les Wade (University of Arkansas): Hurray for the Riff Raffs Folk Blues: Gutter-Punks and Gentrification in Post-Katrina New Orleans”
Moderated by Mary Donaghy 
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

6:00 – 8:30 Celebrating the Arts

Music, Readings, and Visual Arts
Northeast Arkansas Songwriters in the Round, hosted by W. Grant Camp
Readings by Janis Kearny and Terry Minchow-Proffitt - Begins at 7:00 PM 
Moderated by Khem Aryal
Location: A-State Bradbury Art Museum

Friday, April 13

8:00 – 8:45 Visual Arts and Underrepresented Voices

Art Talk
Temma Balducci (Arkansas State University): “Dealing with Race in Contemporary Art”
Moderated by Kerri Bennett 
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

9:00 – 10:45 Media and New Voices

Documentary Film Screening and Discussion of Media Representations 
Dale Carpenter (University of Arkansas)“A New Island”
Introduced by Michael Doyle
Location: A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Auditorium

10:00 - 10:45 Writing with a Sense of Place (Concurrent Session)

Craft Talk Terry Minchow-Proffitt, Guest Poet 
Coordinated by Airek Beauchamp and Khem Aryal 
Location: A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Pine Tree Room 

11:00 – 12:00 Guest Poet and Literary Artist

Featured Performance
Arthur Flowers (Syracuse University): “Hoodoo Lords of the Delta: Practice, Pedagogy & Prophecy” 
Introduced by Evette L. Allen (Multicultural Center Director, Arkansas State University
Location: A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Auditorium

12:15 – 1:00 Re-covering Early Recordings

Brown Bag Lunch Talk
Christian Stanfield of the Side Street Steppers 
Introduced by Gregory Hansen 
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

1:15 – 2:45 Media and Representation

Panel Session
Musaed Al-Shammari (Arkansas State University): “How Kuwait Media Preserves National Heritage”
Robin Roberts (University of Arkansas): “Authenticity and Voice in HBO’s Treme”     
Moderated by Marcus Tribbett 
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

3:00 – 4:15 Musicians and Literary Voices

Panel Session
Jim Baird (Denton, TX): “Literary Sources and Analogues of Bob Dylan's Humor”
C. Parker Krieg (University of Helsinki): “Environmental Memory in the Blues Memoir” 
Moderated by Catherine Calloway 
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

3:00 – 4:15 A-State Tributary Preview: Concurrent Creative Writing and Poetry Readings Session 
Student writers and contributors to A-State’s literary magazine
Moderated by Rachel Williamson
Location: A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Pine Tree Room

4:30 – 6:00 Meeting Regional Writers


Readings and Book Talks
William L. Garner, author of Me, Boo and the Goob: A Southern Adventure
Blant Hurt, author of The Awkward Ozarker: A Curious Tale of Self-Reinvention in a Scantily Settled Land
Randy Lairson, author of Chicken Poop for the Toes: Tales of a Southern Scalawag 
Moderated by LaDawn Fuhr and Marie-Jose Patton 
A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room

7:00 – 9:00 Delta Symposium Workshops Showcase

Songwriting, Fiction, Poetry, and Arts Created During the Symposium
Moderated by Kerri F. Bennett and Rachel Williamson 
Location: A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Auditorium 

Reception and Hors D’Oeuvres
Heritage Plaza

Saturday, April 14

9:00 -- 11:00 Musicians and the Delta

Panel Session
LaDawn Fuhr (Arkansas State University): “Petty Cash: Discovering Voices with a Southern Accent”
John Kimsey (DePaul University): "A New Song of the South? Brute Fact, Allegory, and O Brother"
Daniel Long (St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX): “The Metamorphic Influence of the Mississippi Delta Blues on the Music Recordings of Johnny Cash” 
Mark Randall (The Evening Times, Marion, Arkansas): “Pink and Black Days: Elvis in Arkansas”
Moderated by Richard Burns 
Location: A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Black River Room

Arkansas Roots Music Festival
City, Water, and Light Park – 1123 South Culberhouse
Jonesboro, Arkansas

12:00
Spencer Brothers
Old-Time, Country, and Originals

12:45 
Tito Deler 
The Original Harlem Slim 
Country Blues

1:30 
Side Street Steppers 
Memphis Jug Band

2:30
Wilkinson James
Acoustic and Originals

3:15
Rising Star Fife & Drum
Music from the African-American Tradition

4:15
Arkansas Brothers
Blues and Originals

Michael Doyle
Master of Ceremonies

Rain Location: A-State Humanities Building. Room 1028

The Delta Symposium is made possible with support from KASU 91.9 FM and the West End Neighborhood Association as well as support from the      A-State Heritage Studies Doctoral Program and Centennial Bank.