Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge are three people who have been at the center of planning and implementing an exciting new Blues curriculum program: Rolando Herts, director of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning which hosts the annual Blues conference on campus; Tim Colbert, a member of the Delta State faculty who is helping to lead this new course of study; and Scott Baretta, who will be teaching one of the courses.

This spring, Delta State is announcing an exciting edition to its programs of studies as the university begins a new Blues Studies curriculum that will offer certificates for international scholars of Blues music. The program will begin this summer with plans to expand the program to include an advanced certificate in the summer of 2017.

Plans are quickly taking shape with faculty already enlisted to teach courses including Sociology of the Blues, Material Culture of the Blues, Blues Literature, and Psychology of the Blues. This program will further Delta State University as an internationally recognized home for academic studies related to the Blues genre, which is very fitting since the Delta is home to where this important genre first began and is the epicenter of Blues music and history.

Delta State draws hundreds of Blues scholars to campus each year for its International Conference on the Blues, an innovative event that is one of several programs related to building the university’s presence as an academic center of music and culture. The hope is that the program will also further expand the entire Mississippi Delta region’s influence as a premier destination for Blues education and culture.

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