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Cherise Smith, Ph.D, Director JES A232A, Mailcode D7200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1784

Diaspora Talk: "Uncovering Blues Lives: The Origins of a 'Empress' In Chattanooga"

Fri, November 14, 2008 • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM • CAAAS Conference Room

Dr. Michelle Scott examines Bessie Smith's migration to Chattanooga, Tennessee, the popular music of black Chattanooga during the first decade of the twentieth century, and Smith's early years on the vaudeville circuit.

Dr. Michelle Scott joined the History Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Fall 2002, after earning her bachelor degree at Stanford University and her Master's and Doctoral degrees at Cornell University. She is also an affiliate faculty member in Gender and Women's Studies at UMBC. Her teaching and research interests include African American history, black musical culture, and women's studies. Professor Scott has contributed to the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project volumes 2-4 and the Columbia Guide to African American History, 1939-Present. Professor Scott's new book, The Realm of a Blues Empress: Blues Culture and Bessie Smith in Black Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1880-1923 was published in Summer 2008. Professor Michelle Scott was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty for 2005-2006 and is valued Resource Faculty for the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program.

Sponsored by: John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

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