President LaForge hosts Fireside Chat today from the Delta Music Institute for the inaugural International Conference on the Blues, where topics of general interest to blues scholars and enthusiasts alike were being presented.
Scholars from five countries attended this event and more than 35 universities were represented.
The keynote speaker for the conference was Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. Santelli has been working closely with another guest, Lucy Janoush, chair of the Cleveland Music Foundation, on the establishment of Grammy Museum Mississippi, which will be located on the Delta State campus.
Santelli explains this conference, as well as GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, are great opportunities for Mississippi and the Delta. He also expressed the significance of Delta State hosting this event.
Other featured video guests include GRAMMY winner Alvin Youngblood Hart and radio producer Scott Barretta. Barretta is a writer and researcher for the Mississippi Blues Trail and the host of the Highway 61 radio program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
One of the goals of Delta State’s new Blues program is to establish partnerships with other Delta communities to promote this region as the blues mecca.
With conferences such as this, and the opening of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi next fall, Delta State is positioned to become the academic center for the blues.
Other Events/Important Dates
*Fall break begins this week — Oct. 16-17.
*Oct. 17-18, the Hill Demonstration School Reunion will be held at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House. Contact Jeffrey Farris at 662-846-4612 for more information.
*The Statesmen football team will play at University of West Georgia Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. Tune in to gostatesmen.com to listen to the game.