Where: Graceland Too, The University of Mississippi
Organization:Elvis, Elvis Presley conference, Graceland Too, Paul MacLeod
Posted in: Elvis conference
In 1995, Vernon Chadwick funded and directed the first international conference on Elvis Presley at the University of Mississippi.
It was an idea viewed with skepticism by some faculty members who felt Elvis, and the fandom that surrounded him, was tasteless and not worthy of intellectual discussion.
Fast-forward 20 years, and we live in a celebrity-obsessed nation that digests massive amounts of pop culture daily, often through blogs that chronicle the daily lives of stars.
Chadwick said the fact that Mississippi gave birth to the original king of pop culture, an iconic figure with worldwide reach, is something worth investigating. He hopes the university will reconsider, revive the conference and explore the influence of Elvis Presley.
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