This year’s meeting in Long Beach will introduce an event that has worked well at the meetings of other organizations: affinity dinners.
This dinner, which will take place on Friday, October 16 from 6:30-8:00pm, presents the opportunity to connect with new people as well as old friends in discussion of a topic of common interest. Groups will be kept relatively small to allow for a fruitful discussion around one large table. Participants will be responsible for their own meal.
To be a success, each of the dinners should have not only a group of interested participants, but also a lead person to help arrange the meeting place - ideally, at a restaurant within walking distance of the conference hotel; gather the group; and introduce some discussion points over dinner.
When you sign up, you will have the opportunity to select from the following list of possible discussion topics. We will use the preliminary results to determine which topics can move forward.
The Power of One: Are you the only folklorist in your agency or university department? Would you like to connect with other "onlys”?
Actively Retired: Share your retirement project stories! If you are thinking of retiring soon, get some advice and ideas from those "already there”!
Don't Mourn, Organize: Do you have your own union issues at your workplace and/or are you studying union lore? Join others working on union formation and/or lore!
Working the Water: Working near or on a coast or major water way? Connect to others doing coastal work to swap stories and strategies.
Teens as Audience for Folklore: Do you work with this demographic or are you looking for ideas to engage this age group? Are teens "too cool for folklore”? Share strategies and success stories for working with teens.
The Art of Face to Face Communication: Tired of electronic communication? Hungry to connect face to face? Turn off the devices and discuss the art of conversation. Is it a dying art? How might reliance on electronic communication affect folklore in the future?
Intern Stories: Been an intern? Contemplating an internship? Do you coordinate/supervise interns? Share resources and stories of experiences.
Traditional Medicine and Healing: Working on some aspect of this topic? Want to connect to others working on the topic? Share resources and stories about your research and fieldwork.