(March 16, 2011)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Shreveport Songs subject of convocation April 7

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — Shreveport Songs will be topic of discussion during convocation Thursday, April 7 beginning at 11 a.m. in the Whited Room of Bynum Commons. The convocation is free and open to the public.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Centenary College archivist Chris Brown will present a look at Shreveport's rich musical heritage, including songs about the city from the 1920s vaudeville blues to 1980s punk rock. This multimedia presentation focuses on five Shreveport songs and the artists who recorded them, examining photographs, advertisements, and lyrics as well as listening to the recordings.

Example songs:

Terry Lee - Shreveport My Hometown (clip)

Lillian Glinn - Shreveport Blues (clip)

Along with his duties as archivist for the College, Brown also hosts a weekly radio on KSCL 91.3 FM called "Romp and Stomp." His research and assorted publications address the musical history of Shreveport.

The Convocation Program, overseen by the Convocations Committee, is one way the College brings together the campus community to express and consider the unique values involved in a church-related, liberal arts education as these values are focused in vital issues, such as education, religion and social concerns. Convocations recognize the importance of gathering together regularly as a community to learn, reflect and engage.

For more information on Shreveport Songs, contact the Chris Brown at 318.869.5462.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 373 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.