TROY’s Woodham Lecture to focus on history of Alabama blues music

Posted: Thursday, 14 April 2011

DOTHAN—Troy University professor Dr. Jeneve R. Brooks will discuss the history of blues music in Alabama during the annual Woodham Lecture at the Dothan Campus on Thursday, April 21.

The lecture, titled “Celebrating Alabama Blues Music,” will be held at 1 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall. The annual Woodham Lecture is part of the Dothan Campus’ Heritage Week celebration and admission is free and open to the pubic.

Dr. Brooks’ lecture will highlight some of Alabama’s rich blues heritage and the songs of key artists from Alabama such as Big Mama Thornton and Eddie Kirkland.

“Traditionally, there has been much scholarly attention given to studying the Mississippi Delta Blues and the Memphis Blues, but the indigenous blues music of Alabama is often overlooked,” Dr. Brooks said.

Dr. Brooks is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Dothan Campus. Her research focuses on popular culture (with a focus on U.S. protest music), media and social movements.

The Woodham Lecture Series is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and is named for John Woodham, who was a long-time professor and head of the History Department on the Dothan Campus.

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences at 334-983-6556.