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Cultural Competence—The Right Tool for Dealing with Diversity 0 R. Rini Larson By Margaret J. King —  "Training in Cultural Competence is replacing Diversity Training at many American companies, and it’s long overdue. Diversity Training has been around for over two decades now, which gave researchers at Harvard ample data to conduct a meaningful in-depth study of their effectiveness.  An article on the findings of that report in the Harvard Business Review, titled Why Diversity Programs Fail, concluded that Diversity Training not only shows dismal results, but also makes conditions inside the company worse. For full details, the article is available on the internet (HBR, August 2016). https://hbr.org/2016/07/why-diversity-programs-fail. ..." To continue reading, visit the full piece on Margaret King's blog Cultural Intelligence.  King, Margaret J. "Cultural Competence—The Right Tool for Dealing with Diversity." Cultural Intelligence (August 21, 2017). <http://mjkcultureblog.blogspot.com/2017/08/cultural-competence-right-tool-for.html>
by R. Rini Larson
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E-Comics Based on Narrative Folklore of Bhil Tribe in Madhya Pradesh, India 0 R. Rini Larson Vinayak Sakalley, an English Literature Scholar from Indore, India, has written and published a series of English-language e-comics based on Indian folk stories, with the purpose of promoting awareness of these valuable narrative traditions within the field of English Literature. Sakalley’s e-comics are based on narratives collected from the Bhil tribe in the Madhya Pradesh state of India. To experience Sakalley's newest E-Comic, titled “Hasiya Tribal Warrior,” visit: http://hasiyastory.blogspot.in/.
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, December 4, 2017
Puerto Rican Musical Family Helps Neighbors Where Fed. Aid Lags After Maria 0 R. Rini Larson By Rick Jervis —  "VILLA PALMERAS, San Juan, Puerto Rico — The drums at the Centro Cultural de Bomba y Plena in this neighborhood have always sounded: For births, birthdays, block parties — even at funerals. But the traditional barril de bomba drums — first used by enslaved Africans on the island four centuries ago and kept alive by the center — have been eerily quiet since Sept. 20 when Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico and ravaged this neighborhood. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the USA Today website. Jervis, Rick. "Puerto Rican Musical Family Helps Neighbors Where Federal Aid Lags After Maria." USA Today (11/8/2017). <https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/11/08/puerto-rican-musical-family-helps-neighbors-where-federal-aid-lags-after-maria/843224001/>
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, December 4, 2017
American Folklorists Give Talks in India 0 R. Rini Larson Martha Norkunas and Emily Socolov presented talks at the Winter School of Oral History at the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology in Bangalore, India in November, 2017. Organized by Dr. Indira Chowdhury, director of the Centre for Public History at Srishti, the theme of the 2017 Winter School was, "The Inner Life of Interviews: Oral History and Inter-Subjectivity." The Centre for Public History is a dynamic environment for the study of oral and public history in Bangalore. Norkunas and Socolov were part of a group of scholars and documentary filmmakers from Italy, the United States and India to speak to Portuguese and Indian graduate students about oral narrative. Other scholars included Alessandro Portelli, Nina Sabnani, Shabman Virmani, and Deepa Dhanraj.
by R. Rini Larson
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Gordon McCann, the Ozarks’ Premiere History Preservationist 0 R. Rini Larson By Kaitlyn McConnell —  "When Gordon McCann first toted a tape recorder to Ozarks music parties, he wasn’t trying to preserve history (or attempting to sell recordings, as at least one old-timer suspected of the citified outsider). Instead, he simply wanted to record the songs so he could practice them on his guitar at home. “They thought it was odd — ‘Why would you want to record stuff?’” recalls McCann of attitudes years ago. “Back then, recording was looked upon as kind of an odd thing. Kind of like how I look at a computer now.” Over time, McCann became a friend and fixture at parties throughout the rural Ozarks. And while the aspiring musician’s primary goal was met — he indeed taught himself to play the old tunes — he also did something else. ..." To continue reading, visit: http://www.ozarksalive.com/gordon-mccann-ozarks-premiere-history-preservationist/. McConnell, Kaitlyn. "Gordon McCann, the Ozarks’ Premiere History Preservationist." Ozarks Alive! (November 17, 2017). <http://www.ozarksalive.com/gordon-mccann-ozarks-premiere-history-preservationist/>
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
American Routes Features 2017 NEA Heritage Fellows 0 R. Rini Larson By Nick Spitzer (Tulane University, host and executive produce of American Routes) —  For this Thanksgiving weekend special, we serve up a heaping course of sonic delights and give thanks to the artists and artisans keeping American roots cultures alive. Every year since 1982 the National Endowment for the Arts has presented Heritage fellowships—America’s highest honor in “folk & traditional arts.” We hear music from past award recipients including swamp boogie chanteuse Carol Fran and bluegrass crooner Del McCoury. And we go live to the 2017 NEA Heritage concert for songs and stories from Puerto Rican percussionist Modesto Cepeda, Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Cyril Pahinui, conjunto accordionist Eva Ybarra, Appalachian buckdancer Thomas Maupin, Danish accordionist Dwight Lamb, Piedmont blues harp player Phil Wiggins, folk music teacher Ella Jenkins, Alaskan weaver Anna Brown Ehlers and Armenian metalworker Norik Astvatsaturov. To listen to this special episode of American Routes, visit: http://americanroutes.wwno.org/archives/show/1037/The-2017-National-Heritage-Fellowship-Concert-and-Celebration. Happy Thanksgiving!
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, November 27, 2017
Follow-Up for the "Arts and Activism" Panel at 2017 AFS Annual Meeting 0 R. Rini Larson The "Arts and Activism: Lessons from the Black Lives Matter Movement of Minneapolis" Panel at the 2017 AFS Annual Meeting, sponsored by the Cultural Diversity Committee and chaired by Anika Wilson (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), spotlighted the ways that Twin City activists and community organizers draw on the power of traditional folk art forms such as storytelling, street theatre, graffiti arts, poetry and folk song to mobilize for change, engage oppressed groups, speak out against oppression and fight for justice in and across communities. Activist/Artists Sha Cage (Minnesota Spoken Word Association) and Jayanthi Kyle (singer/songwriter, Twin Cities) were featured on the panel and are involved in numerous Twin City artist initiatives. To further follow or support their work, visit their recently launched patron page: https://www.patreon.com/egsha.
by R. Rini Larson
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Where the Small-Town American Dream Lives On 0 R. Rini Larson By Larissa MacFarquhar —  "Orange City, the county seat of Sioux County, Iowa, is a square mile and a half of town, more or less, population six thousand, surrounded by fields in every direction. Sioux County is in the northwest corner of the state, and Orange City is isolated from the world outside—an hour over slow roads to the interstate, more than two hours to the airport in Omaha, nearly four to Des Moines. Hawarden, another town, twenty miles away, is on the Big Sioux River, and was founded as a stop on the Northwestern Railroad in the eighteen-seventies; it had a constant stream of strangers coming through, with hotels to service them and drinking and gambling going on. But Orange City never had a river or a railroad, or, until recently, even a four-lane highway, and so its pure, hermetic culture has been preserved. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on The New Yorker's website.  MacFarquhar Larissa. "Where the Small-Town American Dream Lives On." The New Yorker (11/13/17). <https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/13/where-the-small-town-american-dream-lives-on>
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, November 10, 2017
Advice for Graduate Students 0 R. Rini Larson By Matthew Pratt Guterl —  "These gems aren’t mine, really. Facebook friends and colleagues have helped me to write this list. But I did rank the first ten. Top ten 1. Remember: there are no non-professional interactions. 2. Fundamentals matter. Practice your talks until they flow. Do some editorial work. Volunteer. Wear clean clothes. Update your software. Eat. Sleep. Take showers. Laugh. Love. Don’t obsess over the university – explore your city or town. Make friends everywhere. Eat cupcakes. 3. Figure out what you stand for politically. Be prepared to speak up. 4. Value loyalty over cool or influence. Make friends with people who care about your ideas and your well-being. Bleed for your friends and allies. ..." To continue reading, visit the full blog post on Matthew Pratt Guterl's Wordpress site. Guterl, Matthew Pratt. "General Advice: Advice for Graduate Students." MPG (September 20, 2016). <https://matthewprattguterl.com/general-advice/>
by R. Rini Larson
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Six Myths About Choosing a College Major 0 R. Rini Larson By Jeffrey J. Selingo —  "Many colleges ask you to choose a major as early as your senior year of high school, on your admissions application. Yet there’s a good chance you’ll change your mind. The Education Department says that about 30 percent of students switch majors at least once. Students get plenty of advice about picking a major. It turns out, though, that most of it is from family and friends, according to a September Gallup survey. Only 11 percent had sought guidance from a high school counselor, and 28 percent from a college adviser. And most didn’t think that the advice was especially helpful. Maybe it’s because much of the conventional thinking about majors is wrong. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the New York Times website. Selingo, Jeffrey J. "Six Myths About Choosing a College Major." The New York Times (November 3, 2017). <https://nyti.ms/2iYZN3r>
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, November 6, 2017
IU Folklorists' Podcast Explores Stories of Ghosts, Goblins, Goosebumps 0 R. Rini Larson Two Indiana University graduate students in Folklore, Jesse Fivecoate and Eleanor Hasken, were interviewed by The Herald-Times about their Encounters Podcast. Their podcast explores experiences people have with supernatural entities and paranormal phenomena. You can find the podcast on their website: https://encounterscast.com/. By Kurt Christian —    "On Halloween, when some say the veil between our world and the next is at its thinnest, even the most rational person may delight in tales of ghosts and goblins. Though some use the holiday as a foray into the supernatural, hosts of the podcast “Encounters” live every day in both realms.   Ellie Hasken and Jesse Fivecoate are co-hosts of a paranormal podcast called “Encounters.” After nine months and 27 episodes, the duo reach more than 500 listeners every day, retelling otherworldly narratives and analyzing the unknown. As folklorists, Hasken and Fivecoate aren’t focused on the veracity of the story of an Appalachian witch or Ouija board demon.   They seek instead a story’s value in society. “We’re not here to judge whether or not something happened,” Hasken said. ..."   Read the full story on the Herald-Times website, which does require a subscription.   Christian, Kurt. "IU Folklorists' Podcast Explores Stories of Ghosts, Goblins, Goosebumps." Herald-Times Online (October 30, 2017). <https://www.heraldtimesonline.com/news/local/iu-folklorists-podcast-explores-stories-of-ghosts-goblins-goosebumps/article_4267bbb3-5516-5151-a28a-2b226c68b7c1.html>
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Discovering Fairy-Tale Postcards: The Adventures of a Scholarly Scavenger 0 R. Rini Larson By Jack Zipes —  "Once upon a time, when the famous scientist Albert Einstein was teaching at Princeton University, a tiny old woman approached him as he was walking home after a class he had just taught. She was schlepping a skinny young boy of about six who was dragging his feet. 'Mr. Einstein,' she called out in a strong Central European accent. 'Mr. Einstein, stop your tracks and help me!' Einstein was taken aback. He didn't know what to do except stop.  'How can I help you?' he responded with a smile as he took out a pipe. ..." To continue reading, visit the full blog post on the University of Minnesota Press website. Zipes, Jack. "Discovering Fairy-Tale Postcards: The Adventures of a Scholarly Scavenger." University of Minnesota Press (October 16, 2017). <http://www.uminnpressblog.com/2017/10/discovering-fairy-tale-postcards.html>
by R. Rini Larson
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Prince’s Paisley Park Estate Is Looking for an Archivist 0 R. Rini Larson By Dazed Digital —  "After Prince died at the age of 57 last April, his brother-in-law Maurice Philips announced that Paisley Park—the musician’s studio compound and residence in Minneapolis—would be transformed into a museum. Paisley Park has been open to the public since October, displaying thousands of items from personal collection and offering tours of his studios—yet there’s seemingly still plenty of work left to be done, as the estate are currently looking to hire an archivist to manage the musician’s artifacts. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the Dazed Digital website. "Prince’s Paisley Park estate is looking for an archivist." Dazed Digital (Oct. 6, 2017). http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/37685/1/prince-s-paisley-park-estate-is-looking-for-an-archivist.
by R. Rini Larson
Thursday, October 12, 2017
H-Celebration Listserv Presents Christmas Bibliography 0 R. Rini Larson The H-Celebration Listserv is pleased to present its new Christmas Reading List. This is a crowd sourced, ever growing list of readings on Christmas related research. Many readings on the list come from Folklore Studies. H-Celebration subscribers can add readings to the collection, and can also add commentary on readings, reviews, annotations, responses, discussions, links, etc. This makes for a powerful resource collaboratively built by our community of scholars. Please take a look, subscribe to H-Celebration, and add what needs to be added.
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, October 6, 2017
Recontextualizing the Ocean Blue 0 R. Rini Larson "Maledetto Cristoforo Columbo e quando ha scoperto l’America. (Damn Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America.) —A popular curse among Italian immigrants The attention on Confederate-focused statuary in public spaces has led to reflection on other historical figures carved in marble or cast in bronze. Perhaps no other individual has single-handedly spurred such impassioned ethnic controversy as the fifteenth-century Genovese navigator, Christopher Columbus. For nearly two centuries, many Americans have lauded Columbus as the heroic discoverer of a new world. Even so, in his time, Columbus was critiqued and investigated for his cruelty to Native peoples as the Spanish-appointed governor of the newly claimed territories in the Caribbean. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the Process: A Blog for American History website. Ruberto, Laura E. and Joseph Sciorra. "Recontextualizing the Ocean Blue: Italian Americans and the Commemoration of Columbus." Process: A Blog for American History. http://www.processhistory.org/recontextualizing-the-ocean-blue/
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, October 6, 2017
Rhiannon Giddens' Keynote Address at IBMA Event: Community and Connection 0 R. Rini Larson "Rhiannon Giddens, whose new album, Freedom Highway, was released on Nonesuch Records in February, delivered the keynote address at the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association business conference held in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday, September 26. Here are her remarks.   Community and Connection Good afternoon. I am honored to have been chosen to present this year's Keynote Speech for the IBMA. After also receiving the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass last year, it feels incredible to be recognized by my banjo peers for being the die-hard banjo nerd and activist that I am. It was extremely challenging to go from a three-minute song to a thirty minute speech, but here goes! ..." To continue reading, visit the full transcript on Nonesuch Records' website. "Rhiannon Giddens' Keynote Address at IBMA Conference: Community and Connection." Nonesuch Records (October 3, 2017). http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/rhiannon-giddens-keynote-address-ibma-conference-community-connection-2017-10-03
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, October 6, 2017
The Closing of a Great American Dialect Project 0 R. Rini Larson Americans tend to think that we’re a pretty homogeneous nation, in terms of our vocabulary. Yes, there are Southern drawls, and there’s Boston and Brooklyn and Appalachia and Minnesota, but the words themselves, we believe, are pretty much the same. But there are often significant regional differences, and these are beautifully explicated in the Dictionary of American Regional English, the six-volume study of America’s dialects, affectionately known as DARE. To continue reading, visit the full article on The New Yorker's website. Sheidlower, Jesse. "The Closing of a Great American Dialect Project." The New Yorker (September 22, 2017). https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-closing-of-a-great-american-dialect-project. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, September 25, 2017
'Unesco-cide': Does World Heritage Status Do Cities More Harm than Good? 0 R. Rini Larson   "The gambling-ridden clan jetties of Malaysia’s George Town were saved from ruin by the award of Unesco world heritage status, but their new fame left locals overwhelmed by a tide of invasive tourism. Can we ever get the balance right?" To continue reading, visit the full article on The Guardian's website. Barron, Laignee. "'Unesco-cide': Does World Heritage Status Do Cities More Harm than Good?" The Guardian (August 30, 2017). https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/aug/30/unescocide-world-heritage-status-hurt-help-tourism
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Find Podcasts About Folklore 0 R. Rini Larson   Looking for a new podcast about folklore?  Try one of these!   Amplify: Oral History Podcast Network (Kate Brenner) http://www.amplifyvoices.org/ Chasing Foxfire (Cory Hutcheson) https://chasingfoxfire.com/ Encounters (Eleanor Hasken & Jessie Fivecoate) https://encounterscast.com/encounters/ Lore (Aaron Mahnke) http://www.lorepodcast.com Love Your Story (Lori J. Lee) http://www.loveyourstorypodcast.com Myths and Legends (Jason Weiser) https://www.mythpodcast.com The Folklore Podcast (Mark Norman) http://www.thefolklorepodcast.com/ Find a full list of podcasts and blogs on this page.
by R. Rini Larson
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Windbigler Takes Helm of Western Folklife Center 0 R. Rini Larson   "Newly appointed Western Folklife Center Executive Director Kristin Windbigler has been attracted to cowboy culture since she was young. Windbigler recently moved to Elko but considers herself a native of cowboy culture, as she grew up in a small logging town in northern California and remembers hearing stories from her great-grandfather." To continue reading, visit the full article on the Elko Daily Free Press website.  Grayson, Hasani. "Windbigler Takes Helm of Western Folklife Center." Elko Daily Free Press (August 9, 2017). http://elkodaily.com/news/local/windbigler-takes-helm-of-western-folklife-center/article_d0728c31-5691-582c-b5a7-0e13d47bb19d.html
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, August 18, 2017

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