Throughout the year, the Grateful Dead and their fans have been explored at UNCG through exhibitions and films. Now, on Saturday, April 27, the conference “UNCG Dead Scholars Unite!” will offer a full day of scholarly presentations and panels on the Grateful Dead and the “Deadheads.”
Dr. Rebecca Adams is nationally recognized for her scholarly work on Deadheads. She first taught a sociology class focusing on Deadheads 30 years ago. The class went into the field, studying Deadhead culture first-hand. What they learned will be a featured part of the conference – as some of these alumni share their stories. Other members of the UNCG community with scholarly interests in the Grateful Dead and Deadheads will also present, as will special guests from North Carolina and beyond – including Amir Bar-Lev, David Gans, and Jesse Jarnow.
The panels and discussions during the day will take place in UNCG’s Elliott University Center. These events are open to all, but registration is required.
To register, complete the form at alumni.uncg.edu/deadscholarsunite. If you are only able to attend a session or two, please email email@example.com to reserve a space rather than registering. If you decide to attend a session or even the entire day’s events at the last minute, stop by the registration desk to find out if “miracle tickets” are available.
The conference starts at 9 a.m. Over the course of the day, panels will spotlight:
- Filming the Grateful Dead and Deadheads. 9:45 a.m.
- Report on the UNCG Deadhead Community Project. 11 a.m.
- The Grateful Dead Legacy. 12 p.m.
- Reflections on THE CLASS Thirty Years Later. 12 p.m.
- Grateful Dead Shows as Rituals. 1:30 p.m.
- Photographing the Grateful Dead and Deadheads. 1:30 p.m.
- Collecting Data on the Dead and Deadheads. 1:30 p.m.
- Musical Influences on the Grateful Dead. 2:30 p.m..
- Covering the Grateful Dead. 4 p.m.
- Gender in the Grateful Dead Community. 5 p.m.
From 6 to 8 p.m. enjoy a closing reception for the “Images of the Grateful Dead and Deadheads” exhibition at Tate Street Coffee House, with live music by Jon Walters and David Gans. Admission is free.
Afterward, UNCG’s Grateful Dead cover band, “Spartans Play Dead,” will take to the Van Dyke Performance Space for a show. Doors open at 8:15 p.m. with the concert starting at 9 p.m. Tickets for the “Spartans Play Dead” concert are $5 and may be purchased in advance at https://thevandyke.org/ or at the door.
Artwork by Lena Dominique Rodriguez-Gillett, UNCG Class of 2018. Stealie and other Grateful Dead images used with permission of Rhino records (not to be used on t-shirts or other merchandise).