Now in its ninth year, The Delta Symposium has drawn hundreds of people for the day-long celebration of the history, culture, and life of the Delta region. This year’s Delta is themed “Two Sides of the River,” and will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the Fogelman Executive Center and Holiday Inn Ballroom on the University of Memphis campus.
The Delta 2014, hosted by writer and filmmaker Willy Bearden, includes an outstanding lineup of speakers and entertainment. The morning will begin with a continental breakfast, followed by presentations by Brooks Museum of Memphis curator Dr. Stanton Thomas on “Carroll Cloar’s Delta,” renowned author Julia Reed on “A Taste of the Delta” and Southern Foodways Alliance assistant director Melissa Hall on “Lebanese Culture in the Delta.” The buffet luncheon at the Holiday Inn will include humorous entertainment by John Pritchard (a shuttle service will be available between Fogelman and the Holiday Inn). The afternoon–comprised of panel sessions held in Fogelman allowing for close interaction with our speakers–will continue with presentations on the blues, genealogy, catfish farming, and more.
Every year, The Delta helps to raise funds for the University Libraries and to support our many educational exhibitions and events. Early bird registration ($65) is available online until May 6; regular registration ($75) is available online until May 30. Reserve your place today!
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