Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Dr. Rolando Herts, director of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning.

Yesterday, Delta State University kicked off its highly-anticipated third annual International Conference on the Blues which is packed with outstanding entertainment and academic events and continues through tomorrow afternoon. Among the exciting guests on campus for this year’s conference are GRAMMY award-winner and Royal Studios owner Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and GRAMMY nominee and four-time Blues Music Award winner Cedric Burnside.

Each year, the conference brings together Blues scholars, historians, musicians and fans from all over the country in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, a place known as the epicenter of Blues music and history. The conference is part of the International Delta Blues Project, which is funded by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation and is based at the Delta Center for Culture and Learning here at Delta State.

In other news on campus, the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies (GIT) program is hosting its second annual conference on disaster relief, bringing in panelists from across the country. That event is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall. And, the annual art faculty exhibition is currently open at the Fielding Wright Art Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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