Blues and the Spirit: A Symposium on the Legacy of Blues and Gospel Music will take place May 22 through 24, 2008 at Dominican University, River Forest, IL. The symposium will emphasize the heritage of African American Chicago and will explore the historical and common roots of Blues and Gospel. The program features presentations by distinguished scholars (invited speakers include Sterling Plumpp, Portia Maultsby, Horace Maxile and James Abbington), a tour of historic Bronzeville, a multimedia art exhibit, educational workshops, nationally known performers, a Chicago blues club crawl and a special concert featuring Gospel and Soul Blues legend Otis Clay. Proposals for panel presentations and poster sessions are invited. Deadline for submission is December 15, 2007. Please send abstracts and a short bio attached as a Word or PDF file to the symposium email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions will be reviewed by the symposium program review committee and, if accepted for presentation, will be included in an online proceedings to be produced at the close of the symposium.
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