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Inaugural Judith McCulloh Award for Lifetime Service to the Field Awarded to Tim Lloyd

Monday, December 08, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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This year, the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society voted to create a new award to recognize an individual or group of individuals who have given exceptional service to the field of folklore, whether in the academic or public sector, resulting in furthering the visibility and success of our discipline and profession.

No one better exemplifies the sort of contributions that this award is meant to recognize than Judith McCulloh. McCulloh raised the visibility of folklore through her decades of work at the University of Illinois Press, shepherding many of our works through the publication process and tirelessly promoting folklore books at conferences. She was a former president of the American Folklore Society and gave much both to the AFS and to the American Folklife Center.

In memory of her spirit and dedication to folklore, AFS President Michael Ann Williams announced at the 2014 Annual Meeting the new Judith McCulloh Award for Lifetime Service to the Field.

Then, in a surprise move, Williams departed from the prearranged agenda to name the first recipient of the award: Timothy Lloyd, executive director of the American Folklore Society.

Williams explained the Executive Board's decision to award the prize this year, without the help or knowledge of the executive director, saying:

"Tim has served the field of folklore for almost four decades: beginning his folklore career at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian, later serving as Director of the Ohio Arts Council Traditional Arts Program, as assistant director of the American Folklife Center, as Executive Director of Cityfolk, and, of course, since 2001, as Executive Director of the American Folklore Society.

"Let me emphasize that we are not simply honoring Tim for doing a job that we pay him to do. But rather for taking our society to a level of accomplishment and visibility that we might not have imagined a couple of decades ago, while at the same time setting a tone of civility and respect. Tim has been both ambitious and vigilant on our behalf, creating new initiatives, collaborations, and sources of funding. Judy McCulloh herself wrote of Tim’s 'exceptional calming powers and organizational skills.' The capability of being both visionary and calming and organized is indeed one we all might envy."

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