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City Lore Launches New Website 0 R. Vanscoyoc City Lore is pleased to share with you its newly imagined www.citylore.org. Check out the new calendar of events which includes not only City Lore happenings, but New York City's array of ethnic celebrations, and an insider's take on the best things happening in the city under the radar. Enjoy the Urban Traditions slideshow at the bottom of the home page for a folklorist's view of the city's rich cultural traditions. Watch videos of the best education, grassroots poetry, and urban folklore programs highlighting artists who will knock your socks off. Many thanks to Paco Levine and Beth Higgins for their creative direction, New York City artist and diehard New Yorker Elaine Norman for the beautiful backdrop, and Martha Cooper for many of the photographs.City Lore Staff
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Community Works Journal Online Magazine free to educators 0 L. Cashman From Community Works email: Resources and Opportunities for K-16 and Community Educators"DISCOVER Community Works Journal Online Magazine, available to educators at no cost. You will find a wealth of innovative ideas, information, and resources in the Journal, through the writing and reflections of our K-16 educator contributors. Around the World, the ideals of service-learning, education for sustainability, and place based education resonate through the articles and essays featured in Community Works Journal. view current edition. Community Works Institute (CWI) is a non profit educational organization dedicated to supporting educators in creating curriculum with place as the context, service-learning as the strategy, and sustainable communities as the goal. learn more”
by L. Cashman
Monday, March 12, 2012
Alan Lomax collection on Stephen Colbert 0 L. Cashman Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, and Don Fleming of the Alan Lomax Archive and the Association for Cultural Equity discuss Lomax's contributions with Stephen Colbert. Also, some singing: www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/410256/march-08-2012/don-fleming--elvis-costello---emmylou-harris For a discussion of the discussion see: http://www.innocentwords.com/Magazine/ItemDisplay/tabid/807/itemId/3657/catpageid/2/Default.aspx
by L. Cashman
Monday, March 12, 2012
Vermont Folkife Center's "Digital Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide" 0 L. Cashman The Vermont Folkife Center's "Digital Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide" offers an overview of digital audio field recording technology, as well as links to further resources. url: http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/archive/res_audioequip.htm
by L. Cashman
Monday, March 12, 2012
The Retrospective Methods Network (RMN) Newsletter 0 R. Vanscoyoc RMN Newsletter is an open access bi-annual publication of Folklore Studies/Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki (ISSN 1799-4497), appearing in December and May of each year. If you have not yet had the opportunity, please find the latest issue of RMN Newsletter available athttp://www.helsinki.fi/folkloristiikka/English/RMN/current.htm. 
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Australian Folklore Network Blog Created 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Australian Folklore Network's e-newsletter "Transmissions" has ceased publication after 37 issues. In its place, a blog has been created at http://ozfolknet.wordpress.com/ . The blog features information about the AFN, news, queries, comments and links.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Old color photos:, Russia & USA (Farm Security Administration) 0 J. Lund Sergey Prokutin-Gorsky, early 1900s: www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/08/russia_in_color_a_century_ago.htmlFSA, 1939-41: http://extras.denverpost.com/archive/captured.aspMany have ethnographic content.
by J. Lund
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Award-winning short films about Tennessee folk artists 0 R. Cogswell Filmmaker Stewart Copeland's latest project, "Mr. Smith's Peach Seeds," was recent winner in the Best Mini Doc category at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana. The subject of Copeland's 11-minute film is folk artist Roger Smith of Culleoka, TN, who has distinguished himself as a carver of peach seed figures. For more on the film, see http://stewstew.com/, and on the award, see http://bigskydocff.blogspot.com/2012/02/big-sky-documentary-film-festival_24.html. Copeland was previously awarded the 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship in Media by the Tennessee Arts Commission. "Mr. Smith's Peach Seeds" is his second film profile of an artist included in "Tradition: Tennessee Lives and Legacies," the TAC Folklife Program's book and touring photography exhibit that highlights traditional artists and art forms across the state. His earlier 30-minute film, "Let Your Feet Do the Talking," treated Murfreesboro buckdancer Thomas Maupin. For more on that, see http://www.thomascandance.com/.
by R. Cogswell
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
ChinaVine website offers interactive education about Chinese heritage 0 L. Cashman Thanks to Paddy Bowman for pointing out:"Kristin Congdon and Doug Blandy have been leading a team through redesign of www.chinavine.org for two years and the new site is now online with social media options, lots of cool stuff."From the site's mission statement:ChinaVine's mission is to educate English-speaking/reading children, youth, and adults about China's cultural heritage. This mission is achieved through this interactive website along with a variety of social media platforms. We combined "Vine" with China because of the fluid, ever changing and winding ways of culture. You are invited to join with us in contributing to our mission, interacting with us through the website, and following our interpretation of China's cultural heritage.
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
International Society for Contemporary Legend Research has a Facebook group 0 L. Cashman The new Facebook home for the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ISCLR/
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Inquisitive Eater, an edited website 0 L. Cashman The Inquisitive Eater, the web space created by the New School Writing Program and Food studies program, is newly launched. Submissions welcome.
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Southern Spaces 0 P. Bowman I subscribe to the Emory University e-journal Southern Spaces, which frequently runs articles of interest to folklorists. This month there are two that some members may want to read:  A Conversation with Digital Historians  Robert K. Nelson, University of Richmond  Andrew J. Torget, University of North Texas  Scott Nesbit, University of RichmondIn this edited interview conducted on December 8, 2011 with members of the Southern Spaces editorial staff, digital historians Robert K. Nelson, Andrew J. Torget, and Scott Nesbit discuss their training, experience, past and current projects, and the broader field of digital humanities. The interview participants reflect on potential tools for historians, the role of collaboration, and the public focus of digital scholarship.http://www.southernspaces.org/2012/conversation-digital-historians   Unhappy Trails in the Big Easy: Public Spaces and a Square Called Congo  Lawrence N. Powell, Tulane UniversityLawrence N. Powell reviews two books about public space and the landscape of New Orleans./Tremé:  Race and Place in a New Orleans Neighborhood/. By Michael E. Crutcher, Jr. (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2010)Public Spaces, Private Gardens: A History of Designed Landscapes in New Orleans. By Lake Douglas (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011)http://www.southernspaces.org/2012/unhappy-trails-big-easy-public-spaces-and-square-called-congo Paddy Bowman
by P. Bowman
Friday, February 17, 2012
Northwest Folklife's Northwest Stories Videos 0 D. Fant For the past year, Northwest Folklife has been working on a series of short videos that document some of the amazing communities we work with. With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and beautiful video work by Doug Plummer, we've produced eight videos that give you a sense of the vibrant Pacific Northwest. Six are now up on our Northwest Stories page, and two are yet to come. Please give a look and enjoy! http://www.nwfolklife.org/northwest_stories_new.php
by D. Fant
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Seeking hosts for visiting scholars 0 W. Smyth We are looking for individuals, departments, programs, agencies, etc.who would like to host the AFS visiting Chinese scholars sometime thisspring or summer. They will be traveling separately and have differenttimelines. AFS will be covering lodging, meals, and travel expenses, sohosts would be local contacts who could introduce our guests to a rangeof local folklorists, folk artists, classes, public programs, exhibits,events, conferences, or whatever you (and they) deem of interest.We don't have their exact arrival and departure dates yet; and theirtravel within the U.S. will depend a lot upon the responses and requeststhat we receive from you.Ms. Chen Xi will be arriving in mid- to late March and staying untillate August. She has a flexible schedule and could stay in any locationfor up to two weeks. We would love to have her visit academic programsat University of Oregon, Western Kentucky, Ohio State, Indiana, UtahState, etc. but realize that exam and break times vary in such places.She is equally interested in visiting public programs.Mr. Zhu Gang will only be here for about 3 weeks starting in late Marchand April. He would like to have stops in Boston and Columbia, Missouriin his itinerary.They both will attend the second AFS-sponsored forum on IntangibleCultural Heritage in Nashville the last weekend in April and probablythe WSFS conference in Sacramento 4/20-4/21.Please response off list to me with times of the year that work best foryou and the length of time that you think would be best for their visit.Thanks,WillieWillie.smyth@arts.wa.govWillie SmythFolk and Community Arts CoordinatorWA State Arts CommissionPO 42675Olympia, WA 98504-2675360-586-2856
by W. Smyth
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
New Native American Legend Recordings Available 0 L. Cashman Northwest Heritage Resources is pleased to announce the release of three new published recordings of Northwest Native American legends. The recordings feature traditional Native stories and legends as told by three Native elders from three different Washington tribes: 1) Virginia Beavert – Yakama; 2) Curtis DuPuis – Chehalis; and 3) Elaine Grinnell – Jamestown S’Klallam.Virginia Beavert’s bi-lingual recording, Tiinmamí Timnán x t , has the distinction of being one of only two known published recordings in the Sahaptin language. She recorded versions of the same legends in both English and Sahaptin and is currently using her recordings to help teach and preserve the Sahaptin language.For more information about the Native American Stories of Washington project or how to order the recordings, go to: www.northwestheritageresources.org .
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Louisiana Folklore Society presents new website 0 L. Cashman The Louisiana Folklore Society is pleased to announce its new website,www.louisianafolklore.org <http://www.louisianafolklore.org> , featuringinformation about the annual meeting, its journal The FolkloreMiscellany, and other resources about Louisiana folklore. Visit us onFacebook, LFS on Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/pages/Louisiana-Folklore-Society/133209406713300> .You can now join the society and register for the upcoming meetingonline.If you haven't submitted a proposal for this meeting, submissions areaccepted until February 10, 2012. See more information online and below.56th Annual Louisiana Folklore Society MeetingMarch 16th and 17th, 2012Lake Charles, LouisianaMcNeese State University is hosting the 55th Annual Louisiana FolkloreSociety Meeting in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The meeting theme isTradition and Innovation in Louisiana Cultures.On Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 pm, T-Galop: a Louisiana Horse Story byConni Castille will premiere at the Central School Arts and HumanitiesCenter, 809 Kirby Street in Lake Charles. No admission fee. Donationsaccepted to benefit the Louisiana Folklore Society.On Friday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Nick Spitzer will deliver akeynote address entitled "Tradition and Creativity: From LouisianaCreole Expressive Culture to American Routes" at Stokes Auditorium inHardtner Hall, 550 Sale Road on the McNeese campus in Lake Charles. Dr.Spitzer is a folklorist, Professor of Anthropology and American Studiesat Tulane University, and host of NPR's American Routes. This event isfree and open to the public.On Saturday, March 17th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. presentations on theconference theme and on other folklore topics and Louisiana folktraditions will be delivered by scholars, tradition bearers, folkartists, musicians, students, community leaders, community scholars, andothers interested in local Louisiana cultures throughout the state andelsewhere at Stream Alumni Center, 600 East McNeese Street. A smallregistration fee is required. Pre-register to join us for lunch.We encourage and welcome the general public to these events.Contact Keagan LeJeune at 337-475-5312 or email clejeune@mcneese.edu formore information.Sponsors include McNeese State University, The McNeese Banners Series,and the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana.Call for PresentationsLouisiana Folklore Society2012 Annual MeetingRoots Rerouted: Tradition and Innovation in Louisiana CulturesFriday, March 16 - Saturday, March 17McNeese State UniversityLake Charles, LAThe Louisiana Folklore Society invites proposals for papers and othertypes of presentations for its 2012 annual meeting. We welcomepresentations on the conference theme and on any other folklore topicsand Louisiana folk traditions. The Society is interested in hearingdiverse voices; therefore, we encourage presentations on any subject byscholars, tradition bearers, folk artists, musicians, students,community leaders, community scholars, and others interested in localLouisiana cultures throughout the state and elsewhere. Typically,presentations last 20 minutes.Tradition and Innovation in Louisiana CulturesThis year's guest speaker, Nick Spitzer, launches the theme for ourconference with his presentation "Tradition and Creativity: FromLouisiana Creole Expressive Culture to American Routes." Our own themetitle, Tradition and Innovation in Louisiana Cultures, invitesparticipants to explore the relationship between traditional practices,beliefs, and customs and individual or collective improvisation orinvention. In what ways do these ideas balance one another or informour ideas about the origin, blending, and evolution of culturaltraditions?Abstract Submission: Please submit 250-word abstract(proposal/presentation description) by February 10, 2012 via email toclejeune@mcneese.edu or mail to Keagan LeJeune, English Dept., P. O. Box92655, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA 70609. Please noteequipment needs.For more information on the Louisiana Folklore Society, or topre-register, seehttp://www.louisianafolklife.org/lafolkloresociety.html or call KeaganLeJeune at 337-475-5312 or email clejeune@mcneese.edu. All eventsrelated to the conference are open to the public.
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Lecture on Work Songs of the Great Depression at National Churchill Museum 0 L. Cashman National Churchill Museum Speaker Series: "I'm an Unemployed Sweetheart"February 21, 20125:30pm-6:30pmNational Churchill Museum, 501 Westminster Ave, Fulton, MissouriSongs, as always, in the Great Depression were about love yet, at the sametime, they reflected the attitudes, values, and behavior of their time. Theyexpressed social concerns within the context of love ballads. In "If I EverGot a Job Again," an unemployed man is eager to find work so he and hisbeloved can marry.Mr. Michael Lasser's program "I'm an Unemployed Sweetheart" discusses worksongs of the Great Depression, particularly on unemployment portrayals ofworking women, during the decade when popular songs were more interested inwork than at any other time.Refreshments will be served during the program.Lasser will be signing his book America's Songs: The Stories Behind theSongs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley immediately after. Copiesare for sale in the Museum's Gift Shop.This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Reservationsappreciated.For more information on Michael Lasser, go tohttp://www.american-song.com/aboutme.htmCONTACT: Mandy Plybon, Education & Public Programs Coordinator for theNational Churchill Museum, 573-592-6242, or mandy.plybon@churchillmemorial.orgBackground Information:National Churchill Museum: The National Churchill Museum on the campus ofWestminster College in Fulton, MO is the only North American institutionfully devoted to immortalizing the life and work of Churchill. The heart ofthe Museum is the magnificent Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a17th century Christopher Wren church left in ruin from German bombingsduring World War II. This beautiful house of worship was brought stone bystone from England to Westminster and restored on campus in 1969.The National Churchill Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Regular admission prices are Adults-$6, Seniors-$5, College Students andYouth-$4, Children (6-11)-$3, and Children (5 and under)-free. For moreinformation about the National Churchill Museum, visitwww.nationalchurchillmuseum.org.
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Indian Storytelling Network 0 E. Miller From: Eric Miller <eric@storytellinginstitute.org>Date: 6 Feb 2012Dear Publore,Hello!  I am delighted to announcethe creation of an organization thatI am hoping might serve as aresource in the years to come --The Indian Storytelling Network,www.indianstorytellingnetwork.org .The ISN has been founded and is beingfacilitated by Geeta Ramanujam (Directorof the Kathalaya Storytelling Center, basedin Bangalore, www.kathalaya.org ), andmyself (Director of the World StorytellingInstitute, based in Chennai,www.storytellinginstitute.org)Actually, the Indian Storytelling Network isGeeta's idea, and I am assisting.The ISN is inspired by the International StorytellingNetwork (based in Spain, www.cuentacuentos.eu ),the USA's National Storytelling Network( www.storynet.org ), and other Storytellingorganizations around the world.Part of the ISN's Mission Statement is below.Yours in Public Folklore,- EricChennai (on India's southeast coast)http://www.storytellingandvideoconferencing.comeric@storytellinginstitute.org***Indian Storytelling Network,Mission Statement (excerpt) --The founding of the ISN might mark the coming-of-agein India of the global Storytelling Revival, whichbegan in the late '60s in places such as the USA.The Indian Storytelling Network builds upon India'smyriad splendid ancient Storytelling traditions.Aspects of the mission of the Indian StorytellingNetwork include:Letting members of the public know what Storytellersin what locations are available as performers andtrainers.Enabling the Storytellers to network amongstthemselves.Facilitating Festivals and Conferences.Communicating with other Storytelling Organisationsaround the World.Developing ways of using Stories and Storytellingfor Education (including as parts of SchoolCurriculums). The ISN aspires to be a resourcefor Educators.Developing ways of using Stories and Storytellingfor Therapy (Psychological healing). It is timefor Storytelling Therapy to take its place alongsideDrama Therapy, Dance Therapy, Music Therapy, ArtTherapy, and Play Therapy.Developing ways of using Stories and Storytellingfor Coaching.The ISN draws upon many ancient Indian traditionsregarding developing ways of using Stories andStorytelling for Education, Therapy, and Coaching.Conducting research regarding forms of traditionalStorytelling in India; documenting these traditions,supporting continuations and modernisations of thesetraditions, and presenting all of this to the public.Exploring ways of telling traditional Indian storiesto members of the contemporary Indian public -- inthe Vernacular languages, and in English. To helpfurther develop the Creativity, Compassion, Powersof Imagination and Reasoning, and CommunicationSkills of all concerned.
by E. Miller
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Florida Folklife Program launches Facebook page 0 L. Cashman See the Florida Folklife Program's page at https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/1354437db1a8d7ad"Like" the page to receive updates about programs, ongoing projects, andnews, and to learn more about the state's folk and traditional artists. Theywelcome comments, feedback, or suggestions as the page takes shape. And please share the page with any friends or colleagues.
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
“The Alan Lomax Collection From the American Folklife Center" released 0 L. Cashman Rohter, Larry. "Folklorist’s Global Jukebox Goes Digital." New York Times (January 30, 2012). http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/arts/music/the-alan-lomax-collection-from-the-american-folklife-center.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1328108783-gt2/edUB8b6aRMIGIFexUg
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, February 01, 2012


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