|Big Questions and the Disciplines Project|
The Society has received a two-year grant from the Teagle Foundation as part of its "Big Questions and the Disciplines" initiative. The Foundation received over 60 pre-applications, invited 15 applicants to submit full proposals, and funded five organizations nationwide.
This initiative provides grants to support the gathering of scholar-teachers from particular fields to discuss a Big Question of central importance to the humanities or social sciences and, based upon that Big Question, to develop and test curriculum materials to more deeply engage undergraduate student education.
The Big Question we chose for our project--"What is the relationship between lay and expert knowledge in a complex society?"--will allow us to bring the legacy of the field to bear on several critical questions and to design undergraduate curricula to address them more explicitly, including:
During 2010 and 2011 project co-directors Tim
Lloyd (AFS) and Dorry Noyes (The Ohio State University) are convening a
group of ten folklorists--
This project will also serve as a beginning for a long-term effort by AFS to strengthen undergraduate education in folklore--an effort in which we hope many of our members will take part--intended to deepen the contributions of our field to the academy, and to strengthen our field by attracting talented and committed young scholars and public humanists to undergraduate and graduate study in folklore.