The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, History, and Culture of the Mississippi Delta




Cleveland, MS


June 18-24, 2023; July 9-15, 2023


1 week


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




The Mississippi Delta is a storied place known as “The Most Southern Place on Earth,” “The Birthplace of the Blues,” “The Birthplace of the modern Civil Rights Movement,” and even “the poorest region in the poorest state in the United States.” Our summer workshop participants explore deeper meanings of these cultural monikers through place-based experiential learning. Participants’ knowledge of American history and culture is expanded and transformed by this paradoxical land that has played an enormous yet undervalued role in the national story through agriculture, folk art, immigration, literature, social/political action, foodways, and, of course, music. Expect the unexpected!

Project Director(s)

Rolando Herts; Lee Aylward

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Bill Abel; Reggie Barnes; Keith Beauchamp; Maggie Crawford; Keith Johnson; Lula Orsby Jones; Justin Krueger; Charles McLaurin; Wheeler Parker; Eulah Peterson; Edgar E. Smith; John Byron Strait; Brinda Willis; Charles Reagan Wilson; Cathy Wong

Grantee Institution

Delta State University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs