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Lost Delta Found to Be Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame

Lost Delta Found

Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering the Fisk University–Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941–1942 will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as a "Classic of Blues Literature" on May 8.

In its official announcement for the 2019 Blues Hall of Fame inductee class, the Blues Foundation calls Lost Delta Found a "revelatory historical work" and praises the book for its "unique and valuable perspective on the pioneering Coahoma County study . . . Written by African American scholars from Fisk University, Lost Delta Found documents their crucial but often overlooked work on the project."

Other 2019 inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame include Aretha Franklin, Booker T. & the MGs, Count Basie, Ida Cox, Pee Wee Crayton, and Moe Asch, along with recordings by Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, B.B. King, and Elmore James.

For more on this announcement, visit the Blues Foundation's website:


Gianna Mosser Named Director of Vanderbilt University Press

Gianna Mosser

Vanderbilt University is pleased to announce that Gianna Mosser has been named director of Vanderbilt University Press, effective March 18. Mosser joins Vanderbilt from Northwestern University Press, where she has served as editor in chief since 2016. She joined Northwestern UP in 2009 as journal managing editor and project editor and has worked in a range of areas within Northwestern's publishing program over the last decade, including acquisitions, editorial, and grant management.

In her new role as Vanderbilt UP's director, she is charged with developing a new strategic vision for Vanderbilt's scholarly publishing that deepens engagement with faculty and increases outreach. "The staff is eager and ready to develop a strategic plan that takes cues from the university faculty and draws on campus research strengths," Mosser said. "I am excited to expand the offerings of Vanderbilt University Press, and make our work more visible to communities of readers worldwide."

Vanderbilt News has more on Gianna Mosser and her new role as Vanderbilt UP's director:


Bill Frist and the Bipartisan Policy Center to Give Every US Senator a Copy of Crossing the Aisle

Crossing the Aisle

In an effort to promote bipartisan cooperation among U.S. lawmakers, former US House Majority Leader Bill Frist, along with the DC-based Bipartisan Policy Center, has announced plans to give every US senator a copy of Crossing the Aisle: How Bipartisanship Brought Tennessee to the Twenty-First Century and Could Save America by Keel Hunt.

Crossing the Aisle tells the story of Tennessee in the 1980s and '90s, when reform-focused policymaking—from better schools to improved highways and health care—flourished in Tennessee, thanks to moderate leaders from both major political parties who had a capacity to work together across the aisle. A spokesman for the Bipartisan Policy Center emphasized the book's "valuable historical lessons worth sharing with current senators."

For more on Crossing the Aisle, visit For more on the book's selection for the US Senate, visit the Tennessean:


Author Eric Etheridge and Freedom Rider Rip Patton Jr. Visit Vanderbilt

Rip Patton Jr. and Eric Etheridge

Lessons from the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Rides and their relevance to today’s racial and social justice movements were among topics that Breach of Peace author and photojournalist Eric Etheridge and Freedom Rider Ernest "Rip" Patton Jr. discussed with students during a visit to Vanderbilt's campus January 28–29, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt University Press and Vanderbilt University's Residential Colleges.

During the visit, Etheridge and Patton took part in a first-year writing seminar taught by Professor Dennis Dickerson, as well as a special dinner and discussion about the impact of the Freedom Riders with students at Vanderbilt's E. Bronson Ingram College. The dinner and discussion included an opportunity to view photographs and interviews from Breach of Peace in the E. Bronson Ingram College art gallery. Etheridge also spoke to students at the Vanderbilt Career Center about his career journey.

For more information about these events and the Breach of Peace exhibition currently on display in the E. Bronson Ingram College art gallery, as well as an audio interview with Eric Etheridge and Vanderbilt University's Ann Marie Deer Owens, visit the Vanderbilt News website: