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2022 Schedule of Events

Arkansas State University's Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages Presents


Delta Symposium XXVII: Commemoration and Reunion in the South

Unless otherwise notated, all events will be held at A-State's Carl R. Reng Student Union’s Mockingbird Room – Virtual participation also is available with prior registration

 

Thursday, April 14

8:30 – 9:15  Celebrating Arkansas Folklife with AFTA

Panel Session by Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts

Virginia Siegel (AFTA Coordinator): “Mission, Programs, and Key Concepts of Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts

Lauren Adams Willette (Folk Arts Survey Coordinator): Outreach, Fieldwork, and Survey Results

AFTA Program Participants: Nastajae Alderson, Pat Johnson, and Allison Williams

Moderated by Adam Long


9:30 – 10:45  Exploring A-State Publications as Commemorative Discourse

Research Presentations

Tayyab Tahir, Syed Shahzoor, Nasser Alkhulayfi, and Aya Karouni (Arkansas State University): “How ASU Yearbooks Covered the Evolution of African American Students: Snapshots from 1972-1999”

Nathan Herbst, Cori Keller, Matthew Smothers, Jake Williamson (Arkansas State University): “Firsts in Sports and Mascots at Arkansas State University: A Survey of ASU Yearbooks”

Shahzad Ahmad, Yusra Alzahrani, Keuna Darton, and Sajad Khan (Arkansas State University): “How ASU Yearbooks Covered the Evolution of International Student Life at ASU: 1941-2012”

Lillie Fears (Arkansas State University): “A History of The Herald Newspaper in ASU Yearbooks: Snapshots from 1921-2012”

Moderated by Michael Spikes


11:00 – 12:15   Ghostly Commemorations

Research Presentations

Alan Brown (University of West Alabama): “Lest We Forget: The Commemorative Function of Southern Ghost Stories”

James Stannard (University of Essex): “The Past is Never Dead: Ghostly Reunions in William Faulkner and Toni Morrison”

Moderated by Catherine Calloway


12:30 – 1:45  Perspectives and Reflections on a History of Atrocity

Research Presentation and Panel

Guy Lancaster (Encyclopedia of Arkansas/Central Arkansas Library System): “On the Need for Epistemic Humility When Confronting the History of Lynching”

Panel Discussion: Cherisse Jones-Branch (Dean of the Graduate School/Vaughn Endowed Professorship, Arkansas State University) and Gary Edwards (Arkansas State University)

Evette Allen Moore, (Assistant Vice Chancellor & Director, Multicultural Affairs, Arkansas State University)


2:00 – 3:15  Community and Commemoration in Music

Research Presentations

Robert Bishop (Sawback Sounds, Fayetteville, AR): “Digital Troubadours: Tradition and Technology in the Arkansas Ozarks”

LaDawn Fuhr (Arkansas State University): “Six Degrees of Southern Accents: Tom Petty’s Reunion with His Southern Roots”
Moderated by Richard Burns


3:30 – 4:45   Celebrate Maya!

Janis F. Kearney (Writing Our World Press, Little Rock)
Special presentation on commemorating Maya Angelou’s contributions

Sponsored by A-State’s Heritage Studies Doctoral Program

Introduced by Lonnie R. Williams, (Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Arkansas State University)


7:00 – 8:15  Creative Writing and Poetry

Readings by Mary Troy and Claude Wilkinson

Introduced by Kelly Damphousse (Chancellor, Arkansas State University)

Moderated by Khem Aryal

Bradbury Art Museum



Friday, April 15

9:00 – 10:45  Peeking into the Past in the Moment of Now – Three Locations in the Mississippi Delta

Research Presentations

Mamie Osborne (Mississippi Valley State University): “The 50th Anniversary of Stokely Carmichael’s Black Power Speech: A Celebration in Greenwood’s Broad Street Historical Park”

Olga Ponomareva (Mississippi Valley State University): “Leland, Mississippi: Home of the Blues”

John Zheng (Mississippi Valley State University): “Itta Bena: Home in the Woods without Woods”

Moderated by Faisal Mohammed


11:00 – 12:15  Book Talk

Launch of Sustaining Support for Intangible Cultural Heritage

A conversation with the publications’ editors: Shihan De Silva Jaysuriya, Mariana Pereira, and Gregory Hansen

Moderated by Ed Salo


12:30 – 1:45 Keynote Presentation

Andrew Scheiber (University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN): To Build a More Perfect [Re]union: Commemoration and Civic Identity

Introduced by Alan Utter (Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research)


2:00 – 3:15  Connecting Memory and Place

Research Presentation

David Rotenstein (Independent Researcher): “The ‘Pittsburgh Delegation’: Hot Springs and its Ties to Pittsburgh Organized Crime History”

Moderated by Gregory Hansen


3:30 – 4:30  Arkansas Cemeteries – Commemoration and Preservation

Research Presentations

Revis Edmonds (Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism): “Symbols of Power Beyond the Grave: Arkansas Leaders Buried in Mount Holly Cemetery”

Patty S. Camp (Paragould, Arkansas): “Preserving a Cemetery on Crowley’s Ridge: What If There Is No One Left?”

Moderated by Andrew Gadberry


5:00 – 6:00  Tributary Preview and Regional Writers

Creative Writing and Poetry Readings

Student writers and contributors to A-State’s literary magazine

Moderated by Kerri L. Bennett and LaDawn Fuhr

A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Mockingbird Room


7:00 – 9:30  Open-Mic

Presentations by Songwriters, Musicians, Poets, Creative Writers, and Visual Artists

Kerri L. Bennett, LaDawn Fuhr, and Lauren Willette, Emcees

A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Auditorium



Saturday, April 16

8:30 – 9:45  Creative Writing and Poetry

Readings and Book-Talks

Khem Aryal

Michael Spikes

Lauren Adams Willette

John Zheng

Moderated by Khem Aryal

A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Black River Room


10:00 – 11:00  Commemorating Community and Individual Accomplishments

Research Presentations

Shanita Sanders (Arkansas State University): “Commemorating Freedoms: An Historical Review of Black Southern Traditions”

Jeffrey Condran (University of Arkansas, Little Rock): “Creative non-fiction on Delta writer, Lewis ‘Buddy’ Nordan”

Moderated by Leslie Reed

A-State Carl R. Reng Student Union, Black River Room

 


Arkansas Roots Music Festival

Marty Scarbrough, Master of Ceremonies

LOCATION: City, Water, and Light Park,
1123 S. Culberhouse, Jonesboro: 35.8325° N, 90.7139° W


1:00

WELCOME
Proclamation from the City of Jonesboro, the Honorable Harold Copenhaver, Mayor

United Voices Gospel Choir
Gospel Music

2:00

Caleb Ryan Martin with Randal Morton
Folk and Roots Music

3:00

Grace Stormont
Folk and Americana

4:00

The Gravel Yard
Bluegrass and Americana

RAIN LOCATION: Arkansas State University Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive


The Delta Symposium’s Roots Music Festival is made possible with support from KASU 91.9 FM and the West End Neighborhood Association