The Big River & The Delta Blues | Southern Art/Wider World
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UPDATE: RESCHEDULED DUE TO LIKELY HURRICANE POWER OUTAGES TO THU, NOV 5 | 6PM
This live virtual program takes us onto the river and into the heart of "the most Southern place on earth," through the lens of Walter Anderson’s art and the scholarship of guest lecturer, Brian Foster, Ph.D., whose work examines the African-American experience, past and present. This program is part of Southern Art/Wider World, a digital humanities project that places the treasured collection in dialogue with contemporary voices, in order to speak to the interconnectedness of Southern and American ways of life. Cost: Free to the public.
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DR. B. BRIAN FOSTER is a writer and storyteller from Mississippi. He currently holds a joint appointment in sociology and southern studies. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in African American Studies from the University of Mississippi in 2011, and both his Master’s Degree (2013) and Ph.D. (2017) in Sociology from the University of North Carolina atChapel Hill. Foster studies and writes about race and place—with special emphasis on questions and stories of racial stratification, regional development, placemaking, and culture. His scholarship has been supported by the National Science Foundation and American Sociological Association. Most recently, Brian’s work has focused on black communities in the “Delta” and “Hill Country” regions of Mississippi. For instance, his book I Don’t Like the Blues: Race, Place, and the Backbeat of Black Life (University of North Carolina Press, 2020) tells a story of Clarksdale, Mississippi, chronicling the town’s recent inclusion of blues tourism in its economic development plan and, for the first time, noting the dismayed response that that commitment has stirred among black residents.
Southern Art/Wider World has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH CARES. Additional support is provided by the Mississippi Humanities Council. Presented in partnership with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.
Learn more about the project at www.walterandersonmuseum.org/widerworld
Learn more about the National Endowment for the Humanities at www.neh.gov.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.