Joining President LaForge is Jane Marie Dawkins, Education and Public Programs Manager for GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, to discuss the upcoming Beatles symposium on campus.
March 5 will be a red-letter day here at Delta State, as we celebrate the opening of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, the first GRAMMY Museum to open outside of Los Angeles. The Museum promises to bring a wealth of cultural and educational opportunities to our students, faculty, staff and community. One of the opportunities to come from this partnership between the university and Museum will take place in early April with an event that promises to bring scholars from across the globe: a symposium on the Beatles, one of my personal favorites.
The “Beatles 2016: From the Cavern to Candlestick Symposium” is set for April 1-2 and will be headlined by distinguished Beatles authors Ivor Davis and Jude Southerland Kessler and will feature activities throughout the weekend that explore the Beatles’ musical and cultural influence. The symposium will be capped off with a special concert by The Lonely Peppers, a Beatles tribute band.
Co-hosted by Delta State and GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, this symposium will be an exciting opportunity to showcase our university’s status as a center of culture and music for the state of Mississippi and the entire nation.
In other news, classes resume today as we begin the spring semester, and we welcome our students back for what promises to be an outstanding semester for them, our faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Our men’s and women’s basketball teams will host rival Mississippi College this Saturday, Jan. 16, in Walter Sillers Coliseum, and our swimming and diving team will host Henderson State University Friday at the Delta State Aquatics Center. Make plans to be there and cheer loudly for our student athletes. And, be sure to keep up with all of the events and activities taking place at Delta State by visiting our website www.deltastate.edu.