ElvisThe Institute for the Living South (for the what?), headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., will hold its Fourth International Conference on Elvis Presley August 9 to 12 at the Radisson Hotel Downtown in Memphis. Although there will be some music, this is no mere rockabilly fest, thang yuh vurry much. This is meant to be serious stuff, bringing together scholars from as far away as Berlin and themed as follows: "Are You Lonesome Tonight?: Elvis & the Dysfunctional Family." According to conference director Vernon Chadwick, "Elvis' rise from poverty to the pinnacle of his profession, even his personal struggles with addiction and depression -- these are the credentials not only of a great entertainer but also of a great educator." Just a few of the topics for discussion will be "I Move, Therefore I Am: Elvis and the Liberation of the American Body"; "Elvis and the Art of the Mobile Home"; "Elvis and Substance Abuse: Was It Inevitable?"; "Censoring Elvis From the Waist Down," and (our favorite) "Behind the Red Curtain: Elvis as Warhead of the Nuclear Family." Sounds like it might rock, after all.

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