Date March 7, 2006
For more information, contact: Kimberly Kreider (901) 333-4023
Blues Legend and Well-known
Authors Visit Faculty Institute
Written by Brenda J. Rayner
The National Collegiate Honors Council is sponsoring a faculty
institute, “Blues Terrains: Experiential Teaching and Learning.” The
institute, a partnership project with Southwest, will take place in
Memphis from March 10 –15.
Bobby “Blue” Bland, along with noted blues authors John Pritchard and
Robert Gordon, will be among the featured experts. Bland, a living
legend, recorded for Duke Records in the 1960s and became a household
name for discs like “Cry, Cry, Cry,” “I Pity the Fool,” “Turn on Your
Love Light,” and “Lead Me On.” His career has spanned almost six decades
and he is enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Pritchard is an English professor who recently published his first book,
Junior Ray, a
novel set in the Mississippi Delta that cradled the blues.
Gordon, a film producer as well as an author, is known for his biography
of Muddy Waters, published as a book and presented as a Gordon-produced
PBS in 2003. He also is a Grammy nominated author of album liner notes.
Participants in this faculty institute will explore famous Beale Street,
cemeteries and museums during the workshop. They will spend a night in
authentic “shotgun” shacks in the Mississippi Delta, all while
discovering how to incorporate place-as-text methodology in their own
The institute, which will involve faculty from 15 states, is
co-sponsored by the Honors Semesters Committee of the National
Collegiate Honors Council and the Honors Academy of Southwest,
Coordinator, Dr. Clarence Christian. Facilitators include Dr. Bernice
Braid from Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York; Dr. Ada Long from
the University of Alabama, Birmingham; Dr. Shirley Forbes-Thomas from
John Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; and Dr. Bill Daniel
from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.