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Delta Blues Symposium IX: Defining the Delta
March 27-29, 2003
Deadline: January 6, 2003

The Department of English and Philosophy at Arkansas State University–Jonesboro campus is sponsoring its ninth Delta Blues Symposium on 27-29 March 2003. In addition to presentations on the blues and related forms of expressive culture associated with the seven-state Mississippi River Delta region, the program will focus on ways in which the “Delta” is
perceived–local, regional, national, and international perspectives; insider and outside points of view; perceptions from various academic disciplines (including not only humanities and social sciences, but biological and physical sciences as well).

The Delta Blues Symposia have provided opportunities for scholars, artists, performers, and the general public with an interest in the blues and the Mississippi River Delta to come together to share insights, discuss issues, and celebrate a regional culture. Among featured presenters at Delta Blues Symposium IX will be bluesman Big Jack Johnson and writer Beverly Lowry.

Proposals for participation should consist of 250-word summaries for papers and organized panels or a sample of work for creative presentations. The deadline for proposals is 6 January 2003. Address materials to:

Delta Blues Symposium IX
PO Box 1890
Department of English and Philosophy
Arkansas State University
State University, AR 72467
Phone: 870-972-3043
Fax: 870-972-3045