MTV will tape U-M prof’s lecture for new series, students welcome

February 22, 2012
Contact: Bernie DeGroat

Event Announcement

DATE: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

EVENT: Bruce Conforth, professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan, will share his famous end-of-the-semester lecture on MTV’s college network for a new series pilot profiling some of the country’s best collegiate lecturers.

The 45-minute event is open to all U-M students, who will have a chance to appear on mtvU, which reaches nearly 9 million students on more than 750 college campuses.

Conforth, a country and delta blues guitarist trained by such legends as Reverend Gary Davis and Son House, was appointed the first Director of Curatorial and Educational Affairs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology and folklore from Indiana University and has taught at Michigan since 2001.

PLACE: Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor

CONTACT: Jake Urbanski/MTV, 212-846-6888,

INFORMATION: Broadcast to more than 750 college campuses and via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches nearly 9 million U.S. college students—making it the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the United States. mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they are: on-air, online and on campus. mtvU programs music videos from emerging artists that can’t be seen anywhere else, news, student life features and initiatives that give college students the tools to advance positive social change. For more information about mtvU, and a complete programming schedule, visit