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Delta Conference 2014

Location: Fogelman Executive Center
& Holiday Inn Ballroom
University of Memphis Campus
Memphis, TN 38152
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The Delta

"Two Sides of the River"

Thursday, June 5, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fogelman Executive Center

& Holiday Inn Ballroom

A Day of Distinguished Speakers, Images and Music
Hosted by Willy Bearden

Julia Reed 

Julia Reed, A Taste of the Delta 
Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Elle Décor and at Garden & Gun magazine, where she writes a regular column, "The High & Low." She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times. She is a frequent guest on MSNBC. Reed began her career at Newsweek magazine's Washington Bureau. For 20 years she was a contributing editor at Vogue, where her profile subjects including everyone from Oscar de la Renta, Robert Deniro and Sister Helen Prejean to George and Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. She is the author of: But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry; The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story; Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life with Recipes; and Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena. Her most recent book, One Man's Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood, was published by Rizzoli April 22. Reed grew up in the Mississippi Delta and lives in New Orleans with her husband John Pearce, an oil-and-gas attorney.

Stanton Thomas 

Stanton Thomas, Carroll Cloar's Delta
Stanton Thomas is the Curator of European and Decorative Art at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. He holds a B.S. from Truman University, an M.A. from The University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. In June of 2013, he curated “The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South,” an exhibition at the Brooks which represented the single largest collection of Cloar's work ever assembled. The exhibition celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Cloar — the Arkansas native who became Memphis’ most famous artist.

Melissa Hall 

Melissa Booth Hall, Lebanese Culture in the Delta
Melissa Booth Hall is the Southern Foodways Alliance assistant director. She holds a J.D. from Northern Kentucky University and a B.A. in English from Centre College. In 2003 she volunteered at the SFA’s Fall Symposium…13 1/2 gallons of pimento cheese and 1000 deviled eggs later, she was hooked. Since joining the SFA’s staff, Melissa has led field trips and Summer Symposiums, organized countless Potlikker Film Festivals across the region (and beyond), and served as operations manager for 9 Fall Symposiums. These days, her focus is SFA outreach, donor relations, and long-range planning.

Afternoon Speakers 

 John Pritchard

John PritchardLunchtime Presenter
John Pritchard grew up in the Mississippi Delta, a place of dark and elemental myth that inspired him to write. He currently lives in Memphis, where he has taught college-level English—often in knickers—for most of the last thirty-two years. Barnes and Noble named his debut novel Junior Ray one of their Top Ten Sensational Debut Novels for 2005.

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