Local teacher receives national recognition

From Press Reports

Patricia Cochran, a teacher from Eupora Elementary School, has been
selected from a national applicant pool to attend one of 20 summer
study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the
Humanities.

The endowment is a federal agency that each summer supports Landmarks
of American History and Culture workshops so that teachers can study
with experts in humanities disciplines.

Cochran will participate in a workshop titled “The Most Southern
Place on Earth; the Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi
Delta.” The program will be held on the campus of Delta State
University in Cleveland and directed by Dr. Luther Brown, associate
dean for rural and regional studies. The 40 teachers selected to
participate each week will receive a stipend of $1,200 to help cover
their travel, study and living expenses.

Topics for the 20 Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops
offered for teachers this summer range from “Emily Dickinson: Person,
Poetry and Place” to “The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago
and the Nation” and “Partisans and Redcoats: The American Revolution
in the Southern Backcountry.”

“The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture, and History in the
Mississippi Delta” will allow participants to explore the heritage of
the Mississippi Delta. The Delta is a vast floodplain formed by the
Mississippi River. It was still largely wilderness during the Civil
War, and was rapidly cleared to support cotton plantations based on
sharecropping.

It is the birthplace of the blues and rock ’n’ roll. It has been the
scene of many civil rights activities and it has produced many
political leaders, authors and artists. Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson,
Charley Pride, Fanny Lou Hamer, Richard Wright, Hodding Carter, Craig
Claiborne and B.B. King all hail from the Mississippi Delta.

Workshop participants will travel throughout the Delta, visiting
places where important events transpired and listening to lectures
presented by historians and other experts.

For more information, visit www.blueshighway.org.