Geoffrey Latham

Latham Presents at DSU’s International Blues Festival

A relatively new addition to the Coahoma Family, Geoffrey Latham, an art instructor here at CCC presented at the 6th Annual Delta State University International Conference on Blues on October 4, 2019, in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Latham Presents at DSU’s International Blues Festival

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Thu Oct 10, 2019

Geoffrey LathamA relatively new addition to the Coahoma Family, Geoffrey Latham, an art instructor here at CCC presented at the 6th Annual Delta State University International Conference on Blues on October 4, 2019, in Cleveland, Mississippi.

The conference was a combined effort by the staff of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning, the Delta Music Institute (DMI), and the husband-and-wife team of Shelley Collins and Don Allan Mitchell, both DSU faculty members. The conference was made possible by funding from the Chisholm Foundation, Entergy, and Visit Mississippi.

Latham, a DSU graduate and Cleveland, Mississippi native, found joy in presenting to the diverse groups represented at the conference and sharing his thoughts and research on blues culture.

“I wanted to demonstrate how creativity can be exponential and how the messages and emotions of the blues can go hand in hand with those of the visual arts,” said Latham. “I felt quite pleased with the presentation, the crowd in attendance for my presentation, and for the feedback that I received from those who were there.”

Latham PresentationAccording to the Delta State website, the event brought both legendary entertainment and academics to Delta State University, including a celebration of the gospel roots of the blues with The Como Mamas and visiting scholars from as far away as Norway to China, Chicago to California, as well as wide-ranging interactive workshops and panels for casual blues enthusiasts.

“One of the takeaways was that even though the blues is, ‘in our back yard,’ so to speak, there is still much for students to learn about it and engage with it and it is a current and meaningful cultural phenomenon going on around us, and it is more than just music, it is a cultural narrative that sinks its roots into writing and visual art as well,” Latham added.

Other topics discussed at the conference included: African American musical traditions and influences on world cultures; the influence of gospel, spirituals, and soul music; music of the American civil rights movement; African American music as social commentary and protest; and history and culture of the Mississippi Delta.

To view a video of Latham’s presentation, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGCz3z7blZU&t=0s