Thursday's events begin at 8 a.m. in the Mockingbird Room. Sessions will feature researchers and writers from across the nation. Panelists will include historians, literary scholars, folklorists, filmmakers and photographers who will explore topics ranging from African-American regiments in the Civil War Battle of Helena to falconry as aspect of intangible cultural heritage.
This year’s symposium has a marked international flavor as it features a panel that includes professor Yona Durea of the University of St. Etienne, France. She’ll explore Mark Twain’s reflections on the Middle East, and the panel will explore topics as diverse as Mark Twain’s impressions of French culture and the writer’s abandonment of the region. This panel is sponsored by A-State's MBA online program.
The day's final event is a 7:30 p.m. screening of the acclaimed documentary film “The Grand Generation.” Academy Award winning director Dr. Marjorie Hunt, who co-produced the film, will introduce it and discuss how it explores the place of elderly people as they contribute to the legacy of memory in their communities.
The event is sponsored by A-State’s Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages with additional on-campus support, including a grant from the American Folklore Society. Most events will take place in the Mockingbird Room on the third floor of the Reng Student Union (GPS: 101 North Caraway Road). For more details, one may contact the Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages at (870) 972-3043 or visit the Delta Symposium website.