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“The Delta – Everything Southern!” Will Celebrate Region’s History, Culture and Life

For release: May 3, 2013
For press information, contact Jennifer Schnabel, 901-678-8210

In its eighth year, “The Delta – Everything Southern!” Conference at the University of Memphis will offer a day of distinguished speakers, images and music of the Mississippi Delta. The conference will be held Friday, June 7, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on the U of M campus. It is presented by the University Libraries with the support of Friends of the University Libraries.

The event will feature speakers on topics as diverse as high-tech farming in the Delta, indigenous music of the region, Native American history and the Vicksburg Campaign.

At the afternoon session, participants may choose three of the five breakout sessions to spend time with their favorite experts and guest panelists.

The registration cost is $75. The fee includes breakfast, lunch, entertainment, break refreshments and parking in the adjacent Zach Curlin garage. Registration for “The Delta – Everything Southern!” is available online at

More information is available online at or by contacting Jennifer Schnabel at 901-678-8210 or

The morning sessions and presenters include: “From a Mule to a Deere: High Tech Agriculture in the Mississippi Delta” by Sledge Taylor, owner of Buckeye Farms in Como, Miss.; “The Vicksburg Campaign” by Dr. Douglas Cupples, professor of history and political science at Christian Brothers University; “Ten Little-Known Facts About the Delta” by Jimmy Ogle, chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission and community engagement manager for the Riverfront Development Corporation; “The Magnetic Power of the Delta for French Blues Lovers” by Beatrice Chauvin, magazine photographer and musician; “Chickasaw Indians in the Delta and the Trail of Tears” by Kirk Perry, board secretary for the Chickasaw Foundation; and “Never Let the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story and Other Lessons I’ve Learned in the Delta” by Willy Bearden, musician, historian and filmmaker.

Afternoon session panelists include: Sledge Taylor with Shonda Warner of Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners, “High Tech Delta Farming;” Kirk Perry with Sam Brookes, U.S. Forest Service archaeologist, “Native American History in the Delta;” Jonathan Blanchard, singer, and Tyler Fritts, jug band musician, “Indigenous Delta Music;” Beatrice Chauvin, “The Delta from a European Perspective;” and Dr. Douglas Cupples with Dr. Charles Crawford, U of M professor of history, “The Civil War and Its Aftermath in the Mississippi Delta.”

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