Blues and the Spirit Symposium, May 22-24

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, just 9 miles west of downtown Chicago. 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 and musicians (invited speakers include Sterling Plumpp, Jim O’Neal, Timuel Black, Paul Garon, Gayle Dean Wardlow, Mrs. Willie Dixon, Portia Maultsby, Billy Branch, Bob Jones, Horace Maxile, Fernando Jones, Larry Taylor and James Abbington among others), a tour of historic Bronzeville, a multimedia art exhibit, educational workshops, receptions with live music, a Chicago blues club crawl and a special Friday evening concert featuring soul blues and gospel legend Otis Clay with Sharon Lewis opening. Contact us at (708)524-6050, email or visit our website for program updates, registration and lodging forms at Registration is limited so reserve your place soon.