“Tell Every President to Listen to the Blues: Presidents, Politics, and the Blues”(11 September 2008)

Blues Archivist Greg Johnson and Highway 61 radio host Scott Barretta discussed references to presidents and politics in the blues. Accompanying their PowerPoint presentation were audio samples from relevant recordings in the Blues Archive. Johnson also demonstrated the bibliographic list of blues recordings found on the Presidential Debate Subject Guide.

One hundred and four people attended this standing-room only event. Thirty-one completed the voluntary survey. Most of the respondents were either undergraduate or graduate students. Eighteen had never attended a Special Collections event. Most survey takers learned about the Brown Bag from either the campus listserv announcement or an online calendar. All of the respondents rated the experience positively, and thirty replied that they would attend future events in the archives.

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