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Season's First Washington, DC Folklorists Happy Hour 0 J. Fivecoate   By Nancy Groce (American Folklife Center) It's fall again! And after a long, very hot summer --and following consultations with my esteemed colleagues at the American Folklife Center --we've decided that it was time for the season's first Washington, DC Folklorists Happy Hour! So, area folklorists, ethnomusicologists, ethnologists, oral historians, visiting colleagues, their enablers, and other interesting people are invited to congregate Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 at Thunder Grill. We'll be returning to the Thunder Grill in the foyer of the newly refurbished Union Station. Although it's not great, it is centrally located and offers cheap happy hour fare. (However, if anybody has an alternative place to recommend for future get together, I'd happy to consider other options.) All folklorists, ethnomusicologists, ethnologists, oral historians, professors, students, interns, and their friends are welcome. As is traditional, it will be a buy-your-own event.  Please forward this message to anyone you think might be interested—and please stop by!    
by J. Fivecoate
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Program for the American Folklife Center's Symposium Now Online 0 J. Fivecoate As part of its ongoing 40th Anniversary celebrations, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will present panels which highlight the Center's unparalleled collections, explore innovative approaches to cultural documentation, and focus on current best practices regarding ownership rights and access to archival resources in today's rapidly changing digital landscape. Research scholars, community members, documentarians, and archivists at a range of cultural institutions will discuss historical initiatives, current challenges, and emerging trends in dialogue with audience members and American Folklife Center staff. The program is online now.   For more information, visit the American Folklife Center’s website at http://www.loc.gov/folklife/Symposia/collections40/index.html?loclr=eafe.    
by J. Fivecoate
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Library of Congress Hosts "Collections as Data" Symposium 0 J. Fivecoate By Mike Ashenfelder (Library of Congress) Learn how researchers and librarians use collections as data in September 27 symposium at Library of Congress- free and open to the public. This event will be live-streamed. The link will be made available the day of the event on the conference page. Join the conversation on Twitter using #AsData. What happens when researchers with powerful computing tools meet massive digital collections? What discoveries are made? What new directions and best practices in scholarly research emerge? Hear from scholars who have used digital collections to expand human understanding and from leaders in institutions that collect, organize, preserve, and provide digital collections as data. We invite you to attend the symposium, "Collections as Data: Stewardship and Use Models to Enhance Access," which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required if you wish to attend in person. For a complete program of the day's events, visit http://digitalpreservation.gov/meetings/dcs16.html. Jer Thorp, keynote speaker and co-founder of The Office for Creative Research, will open the symposium with a look at his organization's work making complex data sets accessible, thought-provoking, and ultimately more human. Speakers will highlight efforts in the cultural heritage and digital humanities communities to enhance access to digital collections, help develop communities of practice and address rising concerns for data scholarship. The symposium will conclude with steps towards supporting computational research with "Collections as Data: Conditions of Possibility" by Thomas Padilla, Humanities Data Curator at the University of California Santa Barbara.  
by J. Fivecoate
Thursday, September 1, 2016
NEH to Host Symposium on Preserving Audiovisual Heritage 0 S. Larson The National Endowment for the Humanities will host Play/back, a symposium on preserving audiovisual heritage. The symposium will take place on September 30, 2016, at the National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20506. This one-day symposium will bring together scholars, archivists, librarians, curators, educators, students, filmmakers, and audiovisual preservationists for dialogue and collaboration on ensuring access to America’s rich audiovisual heritage of the past century. Over the past 50 years the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been instrumental in preserving America’s national heritage. NEH’s Play/back symposium seeks to call attention to the vital importance of our audiovisual past, and invites participants to assist in planning for the future of preservation of our vast legacy of audio, video, and film recordings. Keynote Speakers: David Isay (Founder, StoryCorps) and Nancy Watrous (Executive Director, Chicago Film Archives) Panels, breakout sessions, and keynote addresses will explore topics such as the role of sound recordings and moving images in documenting and interpreting society and culture, the challenge of prioritizing and selecting materials for future generations, creative approaches to long-term care and digitization, the value of interdisciplinary collaboration to audiovisual collections stewardship, and how to communicate with a broader public the importance of preserving our recorded heritage. The Play/back symposium at NEH follows the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives 2016 conference in Washington, D.C. Registration is free, but it is recommended that you register early. More information is available here: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=734f7bdadb42467f38d173329&id=57b7af7cf6&e=ee6977cb97 To register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/playbackneh  
by S. Larson
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Texas Folklife Announces “Stories from Deep in the Heart” Summer Institute 0 S. Larson Austin, Texas – June 13, 2016 – Texas Folklife is pleased to announce that the “Stories from Deep in the Heart” 2016 Summer Institute—its one week audio documentary production workshop—will be held July 18-22 in Austin. High school and middle school teachers, administrators, as well as students from Austin ISD and surrounding school districts were selected earlier this month to be this year’s Institute Fellows. This year’s theme for the workshop is "The Working Arts," featuring traditional craftspeople of Austin. Workshop participants will interview bladesmiths, luthiers, cigar box guitar makers, bootmakers, and other local craftspeople and complete a short radio documentary about their folk art. During the Summer Institute, participants will work in groups with professional media producers and folklorists to produce short public radio-style audio documentaries on community traditions. Participants will tour KUT 90.5, Austin’s local NPR affiliate, where they will also record narration for their documentaries using KUT’s state of the art production studio. Documentaries produced during the workshop will be uploaded to Texas Folklife’s Soundcloud page and Public Radio Exchange where they may be selected to broadcast by public radio stations. At the end of the workshop, teachers and administrators will discuss options to implement folklore, media production, podcasting techniques, and technology education in their classrooms. A few teachers will also be selected to collaborate with Texas Folklife to bring an audio documentary program into their school the following school year. Folklorist and veteran BBC radio producer Rachel Hopkin is the special guest instructor again this year. After working with the BBC, creating radio documentaries about music from around the UK, she became an independent radio producer and folklorist. Among her many accomplishments, Hopkin has documented multiple oral history projects in historic communities across the American South, created a radio series for local Kentucky NPR, and was awarded the 2012 Sally Kress Tompkins fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians and the Historical American Buildings Survey to document buildings in Nashville. From 2012 to 2014 she served as Program Coordinator for Nevada Humanities, and is now pursuing a PhD in Folklore from Ohio State University. Ms. Hopkin has helped facilitate the Stories from Deep in the Heart Summer Institute for the last 3 summers. On the last day, workshop participants will premiere their stories for their peers and the public in a Reception and Listening Party to be held at Bass Lecture Hall, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, at The University of Texas at Austin. The free event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 22. Reception at 6 p.m., Program begins at 7 p.m. During the reception, some of the craftspeople featured in the completed audio stories will be on hand demonstrating and explaining their crafts, providing attendees with the opportunity to engage with the craftspeople and their work. “The Summer Institute is in many ways the cornerstone of our Stories from Deep in the Heart program,” said Texas Folklife Acting Director Charlie Lockwood. “Each year our work with educators, administrators and students during the summer opens the door to future long term collaborations in the classroom. Additionally, our focus this year on material arts and culture allows us to engage with artists and culture bearers who provide us with important insights into ways of knowing and being. We are excited about the chance to share these stories with the public while also providing teachers, students and education administrators with training in technology, audio documentary and folklore.” “Stories from Deep in the Heart” is supported in part through grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art; the Shield-Ayres Foundation; the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and Department of Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Grant for Technology Opportunities (GTOPS); and generous support from the Austin Independent School District and KUT News 90.5. For more information: http://texasfolklife.org/event/ssi2016party Stories from last year’s Institute can be found at:http://texasfolklife.org/article/stories-summer-institute-2015-finished-audio-pieces About Texas Folklife Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. For over 30 years, Texas Folklife has honored the cultural traditions passed down within communities, explored their importance in contemporary society, and celebrated them by providing accessible and joyful arts experiences.  
by S. Larson
Saturday, June 25, 2016
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by S. Tumme Tumme
Friday, June 24, 2016
2016 Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert 0 S. Larson In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts, the 2016 Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert features extraordinary musicians from across the country who have received the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest award for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. When: Sunday, July 3, 6:30 p.m., during the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Where: Ralph Rinzler Concert Stage on the National Mall @ 4th Street, Washington, DC These artists are not only masters of their tradition; as teachers, innovators, and advocates, they have made significant contributions to the living cultural heritage of their communities. Together they represent a remarkable portrait of the diversity of cultures and artistic traditions that enrich our nation. Featured Artists: Iraqi American oud master Rahim AlHaj with Issa Malluf (percussion) Irish American fiddler Liz Carroll with Jake Charron (guitar/keyboards) Dobro musician Jerry Douglas Mexican American conjunto musician Flaco Jiménez with Los Texmaniacs Lakota flute player, singer, and dancer Kevin Locke with Max Defender (percussion) Klezmer musician Andy Statman performing with The Andy Statman Trio Legacy of go-go musician Chuck Brown with The Chuck Brown Band This free concert offers a preview of the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, when on the occasion of the Festival's 50th anniversary, it will feature a full program on the NEA National Heritage Fellows. Learn more about the concert and the featured artists by visiting http://www.festival.si.edu/2016-ralph-rinzler-memorial-concert/smithsonian. This year's Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert is presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. 
by S. Larson
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Pravina Shukla to Give Botkin Lecture 0 S. Larson Next week Pravina Shukla will be at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress giving a Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture:   Dressing the Past: Civil War Reenactors, Williamsburg Historic Interpreters, and Exploring American Identity through Costume   Pravina Shukla, Indiana University   Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Noon-1:00 p.m. Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building, Library of Congress   The periods of the American Revolution and the Civil War remain topics of pride and contention, subjects of popular writing, and inspiration for costumed performance. In eighteenth-century garments at Colonial Williamsburg and in nineteenth-century uniforms on Civil War battlefields, modern Americans celebrate the nation’s history, and at the same time take the opportunity to air their political and cultural opinions while exploring significant aspects of their identities. Their costumes, differing from their daily dress, help them fulfill personal desires while they join with others in collective public performance.
by S. Larson
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Mark Slobin Presents Botkin Lecture at the American Folklife Center 0 S. Larson Mark Slobin will give a Botkin Lecture in the Washington, DC area on May 12th. The lecture is entitled "Improvising a Musical Metropolis: Detroit, 1940s-1960s.” Mark Slobin is professor of music and American studies at Wesleyan University.  When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm Where: Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor James Madison Building, Library of Congress   Description: Eminent ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin surveys his research on the musical life of his hometown, Detroit, Michigan, during "my day," the 1940s-60s. He positions his personal experience in the wider panorama of a musically dynamic city of recent immigrants from Europe and migrants from the American South, and addresses the role of the schools and subcultures in shaping Detroit's complex cultural landscape.   Dr. Slobin is the Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music and Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University. He has written extensively on American music, ethnomusicology theory and practice, Eastern European Jewish and klezmer music, and the music of Afghanistan, where he conducted research beginning in 1967. He has served as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Society for Asian Music and two of his numerous books have won the prestigious ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award.   Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.
by S. Larson
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Symposium on Cultural Sustainability in the Age of Globalization 0 S. Larson The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) is presenting a symposium on May 12 that will explore efforts to sustain local artistic practices and cultural identities as the world becomes increasingly globalized. CFCH is partnering with the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts to assemble an exemplary array of speakers—community leaders, artisans, academics, and tradition bearers—to share their stories and engage key issues of cultural sustainability and its place in modern society. Representatives from the world of sustainable development, language revitalization, and cultural revitalization will discuss topics such as cultural heritage and well-being, cultural and economic sustainability, and cultural sustainability and revitalization. Speakers will include Maria Rosario Jackson, Angelique Kidjo, and the Queen Mother of Bhutan.What: Symposium on Cultural Sustainability in the Age of GlobalizationWhere: Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. When: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2016For more information, see http://www.folklife.si.edu/news-and-events/symposium-cultural-sustainability-in-the-age-of-globalization 
by S. Larson
Monday, April 18, 2016
ETSU to Host Symposium on Music, Sound and the Environment 0 S. Larson JOHNSON CITY – A Symposium on Music, Sound and the Environment will be held at East Tennessee State University on Monday, April 4, hosted by the Department of Appalachian Studies. This symposium brings together internationally renowned scholars and scientists who specialize in music, sound and the environment for a public conversation and discussion.  Sessions will take place from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Reece Museum, with a break for dinner from 5-7 p.m. The free public symposium will address what is known about sound and nature, and music and culture, in relation to the environment, both now and in the past.  Other topics include the place of composers, musicians, instrument-builders and other friends of music in the environmental movement of the future, as well as why sound itself is important to life on Earth. Participants include: Dr. Aaron S. Allen, director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program and associate professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as co-editor of the collection “Current Directions in Ecomusicology,” whose research aims to understand how music and sound matter regarding their intellectual and environmental impact; Dr. Chad S. Hamill, associate professor and chair of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies and special adviser to the president on Native American Affairs at Northern Arizona University, who explores how traditional Indigenous songs reflect and embody physical landscapes within Indigenous communities and their ancestral territories; Scott McFarland, biologist and regional resource specialist with the National Park Service’s Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, which was established in 2011 and helps parks manage sounds in a way that balances access to the park with the expectations of visitors and the protection of resources; Dr. Mark Pedelty, professor at the University of Minnesota and resident fellow of the Institute on the Environment, who conducts research on music, sound and the environment and is the author of “Ecomusicology” and an upcoming book on environmentalist musicians, “A Song to Save the Salish Sea”; Dr. Jeff Todd Titon, professor emeritus at Brown University and current chairholder of the Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science at ETSU, who applies insights from ethnomusicology, ecological economics and animal sound communication to the study of diversity and sustainability in music, sound and the environment; and Dr. Denise Von Glahn, Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology, coordinator of the Musicology/Ethnomusicology Area and director of the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University, who has written two books broadly related to the topics of music, nature and place: “The Sounds of Place: Music and the American Cultural Landscape” and “Music and the Skillful Listener: American Women Compose the Natural World.” The Reece Museum is located at 363 Stout Drive on the ETSU campus. For more information, call the ETSU Department of Appalachian Studies at 423-439-7072.
by S. Larson
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Delta Symposium Events 0 S. Larson JONESBORO – "Representing Cultural Heritage” is the theme for this year’s Delta Symposium at Arkansas State University.  Participants will explore how the region’s historical and cultural resources are identified and presented as heritage.  The 22nd annual conference brings scholars, students, musicians and artists from across the nation to explore and experience the Delta’s history and culture. The event is sponsored by A-State’s Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages with additional on-campus support, including a grant from the American Folklore Society.  It will take place Wednesday through Saturday, April 13-16.  Most events will take place in the Mockingbird Room on the third floor of the Reng Student Union (GPS: 101 North Caraway Road). Wednesday, April 13 The symposium will commence at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, with a panel on "History and Heritage Studies."  Various media and panel presentations will continue throughout the afternoon as will screenings of films that will be coordinated in conjunction with the Delta Flix Film and Media Festival. Student productions will be shown at the event as filmmakers will introduce their films and answer questions about their creative projects. Wednesday’s events conclude with a special screening of the feature film "I’m Not There” in the Mockingbird Room. The film is especially relevant as it sets the stage for Saturday’s "Dylan Day” activities. Thursday, April 14 Thursday's events begin at 8 a.m. in the Mockingbird Room.  Sessions will feature researchers and writers from across the nation.  Panelists will include historians, literary scholars, folklorists, filmmakers and photographers who will explore topics ranging from African-American regiments in the Civil War Battle of Helena to falconry as aspect of intangible cultural heritage. This year’s symposium has a marked international flavor as it features a panel that includes professor Yona Durea of the University of St. Etienne, France.  She’ll explore Mark Twain’s reflections on the Middle East, and the panel will explore topics as diverse as Mark Twain’s impressions of French culture and the writer’s abandonment of the region.  This panel is sponsored by A-State's MBA online program. The day's final event is a 7:30 p.m. screening of the acclaimed documentary film "The Grand Generation.”  Dr. Marjorie Hunt, who co-produced the film, will introduce it and discuss how it explores the place of elderly people as they contribute to the legacy of memory in their communities. Friday, April 15 Friday’s events will also begin at 8 a.m. with additional panels and media sessions.  The keynote address by Dr. Stephen A. King will take place at 11:30.  The communications professor and chair of speech communication at Eastern Illinois University will discuss connections between blues and Civil Rights in Mississippi. The day’s activities will conclude with an evening of music, poetry, writing and verbal arts.  Composer Chris Lawrence will offer the world premiere of his "String Quartet No. 1” to open the event at 7 p.m. in the Student Union auditorium.  A-State students will read from their contributions to the university’s "Tributary” literary magazine.  Featured writers Ann McCutchan of the University of North Texas and Sterling Plumpp, the noted blues poet, will share readings from their work before the event concludes with an open-mic song circle open to the public. Saturday, April 16 Saturday's events will begin at 8:30 a.m. with special presentations on Bob Dylan.  Nationally known speakers and scholars will present their research on the music and life of Dylan.  The event is organized by Dr. Frances Hunter and will serve as a capstone for a long-term project that is culminating in a new anthology of Dylan scholarship titled "Professing Dylan.” On Saturday afternoon, the symposium will conclude with the "Arkansas Roots Music Festival." This outdoor event will feature roots music in a range of genres at Jonesboro's City Water and Light Park.  The event begins at 12 and runs until 5 p.m. A range of musicians will take the stage, including the Zyndall Rainey Band, Runaway Planet, Last Chance Jug Band, the Salty Dogs and the Lucious Spiller Blues Band.  Sponsors are KASU-FM, West End Neighborhood Association and Delta Flix.  In case of rain, Saturday's events will be moved to the Student Union auditorium. For more details, one may contact the Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages at (870) 972-3043 or visit the website: http://altweb.astate.edu/blues/.  
by S. Larson
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
University of Louisiana, Lafayette Honors Nick Spitzer with Award, Concert 0 S. Larson Lawrence Ardoin and Tradition Creole along with Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie will be performing at Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium, located in Angelle Hall at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Saturday, March 19th at 7:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public. The Master of Ceremonies will be Nick Spitzer, host of public radio’s American Routes, and Tulane University professor of anthropology. Spitzer is being honored this year with the College of the Arts SPARK Lifetime Achievement at ArTech Fusion, an event on March 18th at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. As a documentary filmmaker and sound recordist in African French Louisiana communities, founding director of the Louisiana Folklife Program and a folklorist specializing in Creole music and culture at the Smithsonian Institution and elsewhere, Spitzer has been a longtime friend of the Ardoin and Delafose families. He is pleased to join Lawrence and Geno for this special evening of music and conversation. The concert title "Zydeco, La-La, Ya-Ya" has historical ties to the musicians as well as Creole culture.  La-La is a name used for the older Creole music that Lawrence Ardoin and his father, Bois Sec Ardoin, played. Ya-Ya refers to the expression "Gumbo ya-ya,” meaning everyone talking at once. Zydeco is the contemporary Creole popular music for which accordionist Geno Delafose is so well-known, as was his father John before him. Lawrence "Black” Ardoin was born in Duralde, Louisiana in 1946. He originally played drums with his father Bois Sec and siblings in the Ardoin Brothers Band. He later picked up accordion and taught his sons, who have each gone on to form their own successful zydeco bands: Chris Ardoin and Nustep, Sean Ardoin & Zydekool. Lawrence and Sean recently recorded and toured with another band, Creole United. Geno Delafose was born in Eunice, Louisiana in 1971. He is the son of the famous accordion player John Delafose. Growing up, Geno played rubboard in his father's band, the Eunice Playboys--he was featured in that role for Spitzer’s 1986 film *Zydeco*. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album” category for Le Cowboy Creole (2007). He was the first black cowboy invited to perform in the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada in 2010. For more information, please go to http://music.louisiana.edu/news-events/events/20160219/zydeco-la-la-ya-ya-evening-zydeco-music.
by S. Larson
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
McKissick Museum Highlights Sacred Music Traditions in the South 0 S. Larson Columbia, SC - The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will host a music symposium entitled Shared Traditions: Sacred Music in the South on February 26th and February 27th, 2016. The program will feature live performances, a panel session, presentations, and music workshops. All Shared Traditions programs are free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the USC School of Music and Brookland Baptist Church.Shared Traditions will start with a meet & greet with Gullah storyteller Anita Singleton-Prather at 3:30pm on Friday, February 26th at McKissick Museum on USC’s historic horseshoe. Singleton-Prather, a recipient of the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, is a singer, actress, and the director and producer of Broadway Back In Da' Woods Productions, a full-stage musical theater experience featuring the performance group The Gullah Kinfolk. Friday evening will also include a presentation at 6:30pm by Dr. Eric Crawford on the topic of African-American spirituals in the South Carolina Sea Islands. Held at Johnson Hall at the Darla Moore School of Business on the USC campus, the talk will lead into a live performance of Circle Unbroken: A Gullah Journey from Africa to America by Anita Singleton-Prather and The Gullah Kinfolk at 7:00pm.  Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia will host all program events on Saturday, February 27th. A detailed schedule of events is included below. The day will begin with a panel presentation entitled "Vocal Godliness: Gospel in Black and White” and will feature current research by graduate students from Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Following this session, Dr. Minuette Floyd will present on the topic of the music of the African-American camp meeting. The keynote speaker, ethnomusicologist Dr. Cynthia Schmidt, will screen the award-winning documentary, The Language You Cry In, which tells the investigative story of discovering the significance of a Gullah song sung in the Mende language of Sierra Leone. Beginning with Dr. Lorenzo Turner’s research in South Carolina in the 1920s, the song becomes more layered in meaning through time on both sides of the Atlantic. Dr. Schmidt will share an update on her research and host a Q&A with the audience.    Following the keynote address, conference participants will have the opportunity to attend three music workshops focusing on shape-note and hymn-raising traditions. Led by practitioners and choir leaders, these workshops will provide the opportunity to learn about the history of these traditions and the chance to participate in fellowship and song. Saturday’s program will conclude with an evening concert, highlighting the songs and styles learned during the workshops. For more information, visit http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum or call Saddler Taylor at 803-777-3714. This program is funded in part by the Humanities CouncilSC and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Shared Traditions: Sacred Music in the South February 26 and 27, 2016 McKissick Museum, the School of Music, University of South Carolina and Brookland Baptist Church, West Columbia Friday, February 26th   4:00 – 4:30pm                                                            McKissick Museum, Second Floor Lobby Opening remarks by McKissick Executive Director, Jane Przybysz Welcome from Chief Curator of Folklife and Fieldwork, Saddler Taylor Artist Meet & Greet – Anita Singleton-Prather Light Refreshments   4:30 – 5:00pm                                                         McKissick Museum, Diverse Voices Gallery Curator-led Tour of Heard at Every Turn: Traditional Music in South Carolina   6:30 – 6:50pm                                                                         USC School of Music, Recital Hall Eric Crawford, Coastal Carolina University "The African-American Spiritual Tradition in the Sea Islands” Introduction of Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk   7:00 – 8:30pm                                                                        USC School of Music, Recital Hall Workshop Performance with Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk   Saturday, February 27th All events at Brookland Baptist Church, West Columbia   9:00 – 10:30am Panel Session – "Vocal Godliness: Gospel in Black and White”                         (Cory Hunter, Loneka Wilkinson Battiste, Terri Brinegar)   10:45 – 11:30am Minuette Floyd, University of South Carolina "The Music of the African-American Camp Meeting”   11:30 – 1:00pm          Break for Lunch   1:00 – 2:15pm Keynote Address by Dr. Cynthia Schmidt "The Legacy of Song: Gullah Tradition and the TransAtlantic Dialogue”   2:30 – 5:15pm Music Workshops (3 concurrent 45 minute sessions with 10 minute breaks between)             Workshop #1 – Lena Allen Davis and the Community Workshop Choir             Workshop #2 – Pat Johnson and the Springfield Baptist Singing Convention                         Workshop #3 – Labarius Edwards and Deacon Harry Jivers   5:30 – 6:30pm             Shape-Note Program & Concert
by S. Larson
Friday, February 5, 2016
The Florida Folklore Society Meeting Itinerary 0 S. Larson The Florida Folklore Society will have its annual meeting in Sarasota from May 20th – 22nd, 2016. In addition to a business meeting, the Society has a variety of exciting activities planned for the weekend in beautiful Sarasota. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to check out local fishing villages, explore Amish culture and cuisine, and visit Sarasota’s celebrated museums and gardens. The highlight of the weekend will be a special presentation by world-renowned circus aerialist and 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Dolly Jacobs at the Circus Arts Conservatory! For the itinerary and details on how to register, see: http://historymiami.org/files/resources/ffs-2016-meeting-itinerary---sarasota.pdf If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Navarro at vnavarro@historymiami.org. 
by S. Larson
Monday, February 1, 2016
The Florida Folklore Society to Host 2016 Annual Meeting 0 S. Larson The Florida Folklore Society will have its annual meeting in Sarasota from May 20th – 22nd, 2016. In addition to a business meeting, the Society has a variety of exciting activities planned for the weekend in beautiful Sarasota. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to check out local fishing villages, explore Amish culture and cuisine, and visit Sarasota’s celebrated museums and gardens. The highlight of the weekend will be a special presentation by world-renowned circus aerialist and 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Dolly Jacobs at the Circus Arts Conservatory! To view the tentative itinerary, please click the following link: http://historymiami.org/files/resources/ffs-2016-meeting-itinerary---sarasota.pdf If you’d like information on hotel reservations or would like to be added to the email list for updates, please contact Vanessa Navarro at vnavarro@historymiami.org. 
by S. Larson
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
North Carolina Folklore Society Annual Meeting 0 S. Larson Join the North Carolina Folklore Society in Collowhee, NC, on October 9 and 10, 2015, for their 102nd annual gathering. Friday kicks off the weekend with self-led tours, a welcome reception, live music by the Junior Appalachian Musicians, and storytelling by Gary Carden. Saturday includes exhibitions, presentations, and an annual awards ceremony (https://ncfolkloresociety.wordpress.com/awards/). This is an accessible event--come for all of it, or for just an afternoon. Parts of the weekend are free, or you can attend Saturday for $5 ($20 includes lunch). The NC Folklore Society was founded in 1913, with the mission to support and celebrate state heritage and cultural workers and makers. The Society comes together at locations across the state once a year to learn, meet one another, and engage with different regions. For more information, visit https://ncfolkloresociety.wordpress.com/2015-annual-meeting/. Tickets may be purchased online at https://ncfolkloresociety.wordpress.com/meeting-registration/.
by S. Larson
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
"Documenting Culture in the Twenty-First Century" at the AFC 0 R. Vanscoyoc   Documenting Culture in the Twenty-First Century American Folklife Center June 4, 2015, 1:30–6:30 Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress Documenting and archiving traditional culture today involves working with technologies, methodologies, ethical challenges, and creative possibilities that were undreamed of when Alan Lomax and other early collectors went into the field. Those earlier generations used recording equipment and theoretical approaches that were state-of-the-art at the time, but a lot has changed. This symposium presents a sampler of innovative contemporary approaches to fieldwork. Some of them are directly related to more traditional methods of ethnographic documentation, archiving, and presentation, while others are a little further afield. Speakers will consider how evolving approaches to ethics, social justice, ownership rights, and privacy are affecting the acquisition, stewardship, and sharing of materials at repositories like the Library of Congress. They will also explore how such approaches are creating other, newer opportunities for archiving and sharing cultural resources. This event is free and open to the public. For schedule and list of participants, visit http://www.loc.gov/folklife/Symposia/documentingculture/index.html.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
American Folklife Center Presents 2015 Botkin Lecture Series 0 R. Vanscoyoc   Visit http://www.loc.gov/folklife/events/botkin-lectures.html#february25 for more information on the 2015 Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series. Upcoming events include an open mic with Israeli/Palestinian singer-songwriters David Broza and Mira Awad on February 25, and Nathan Salsburg's lecture on Alan Lomax as producer and promoter on March 11.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, February 26, 2015
1/16/-3/13/15, Nashville: Roby Cogswell exhibit of 30 years of TN Folklife 0 L. Cashman At his retirement, Cogswell left a legacy of 22,000 photographs. From Jan. 16 through March 13 the Tennessee Arts Commission will exhibit a sampling of these images in the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery, 401 Charlotte Ave., Nashville.See http://www.knoxnews.com/knoxville/arts/robert-cogswell-exhibit-documents-30-years-of-tenn-folklife_66295168
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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