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9/21/12 IN: Public Folklore, Public Universities, and Public Service
Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
Public Folklore, Public Universities, and Public Service
Friday, September 21
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Performance and Lecture Hall
800 N. Indiana Ave.
A joint presentation by Brent Björkman, Director of
the Kentucky Folklife Program at Western Kentucky University, and Jon Kay,
Director of Traditional Arts Indiana at Indiana University.
Public folklorists often work to document, support
and serve the needs of various cultural groups and "traditional” artists.
Frequently connected to arts agencies, museums or other government sponsored
organizations, these scholars employed in the public sphere regularly engage in
preservation, conservation and presentation projects that share diverse
cultural expressions with constituents.
In recent years there has been a move of folklore programs once tied to
state-sponsored institutions to new homes within universities. In this talk, Kay and Björkman will discuss
this trend and share their experiences as folklorists who have worked in a
variety of nonprofit, government and academic settings.