Bluegrass Symposium to be Held in Raleigh!

An academic conference focused on the study of bluegrass music called "The Bluegrass Symposium" will debut in Raleigh, NC Sept. 29-30 at the Raleigh Convention Center, as a part of the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass week.

The Bluegrass Symposium held in 2005 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green was a watershed event in bringing scholarly attention to bluegrass music.  

Bluegrass-focused events at Harvard (2010) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016) have continued to gather scholars who focus on bluegrass as a style, practice and business.  

Noted author Lee Bidgood, Ph.D. of East Tennessee State University led a committee of bluegrass music scholars to select presentations for the symposium. 

"It is my hope that the presentations in Raleigh will further foster the community of scholars who research and write about bluegrass music," Bidgood says.

The Bluegrass Symposium will kick off at noon on Friday, Sept. 29 in room #304 at the Raleigh Convention Center with a keynote luncheon featuring noted author and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member Neil Rosenberg, Ph.D., a Professor Emeritus of Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Rosenberg's address, titled "Bluegrass: Scholarship and Realities," will be based on the last chapter of his forthcoming book, Bluegrass Generation: A Memoir (University of Illinois Press). 

"This book portrays my experiences working in the bluegrass music business from 1961-63, mainly at the Brown County Jamboree in Bean Blossom, Indiana," Rosenberg says. 

The chapter, entitled "Afterword" focuses on scholarly issues.

To register for the Bluegrass Symposium keynote luncheon, go to:

The deadline to register is September 1, 2017. IBMA conference and festival attendees are welcome to be our guests at presentations from 1:30 – 5 p.m. on Sept. 29 and from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the 30, but you must register to attend the keynote luncheon on Friday at 12:30 p.m..

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