The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (AFC) has awarded its 2011 fellowships.
Archie Green Fellowships, which are reserved for prominent scholars
with a long track record in the study of occupational culture, are Pat
Jasper, William Westerman, James Leary, Bucky Halker, Tanya D. Finchum
and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn.
Jasper is an award-winning folklorist,
curator and arts administrator, and director of the Houston Folklife
and Traditional Arts Program at the Houston Arts Alliance. She has
served on the executive board of the American Folklore Society and the
advisory boards of the Smithsonian Institution Office of Folklife
Programs and Cultural Heritage in Washington, D.C. and The Fund for Folk
Culture. Her fellowship project focuses on documenting the diverse
culture of work associated with the Houston port and ship channel.
diverse career includes lecturer at Princeton University, director of
the Chicago Cambodian American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields
Memorial, director of the Program for Immigrant Traditional Artists at
the International Institute of New Jersey, and field researcher at the
Philadelphia Folklore Project. His fellowship project involves
documenting the working lives of South Asian immigrant taxi drivers in
New York City.
Leary and Halker receive a joint fellowship for
their study of the cultural traditions of ironworkers in America’s Upper
Midwest. They plan to create a variety of end products, including
several documentary films. Leary is professor of folklore and
Scandinavian studies and director of the folklore program at the
University of Wisconsin. Halker is a labor historian whose publications,
documentary compact disks, and performances concern labor song and
radio, particularly in the American Midwest.
Nykolaiszyn are both oral historians and librarians with the Oklahoma
Oral History Research Program (OOHRP) at Oklahoma State University
Library in Stillwater. Their fellowship project is to document, through
oral history interviews, the occupational culture and traditions of the
American "Big Top" circus in the small town of Hugo, Okla.
Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award, which was established to
make the collections of primary ethnographic materials housed anywhere
at the Library of Congress available to the needs and uses of those in
the private sector, goes to David Greely and Emily Kader.
is one of the world’s leading proponents of Cajun and Creole music from
Louisiana. As co-leader of the band Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys,
he has traveled all over the world playing and researching Cajun music.
He has twice been nominated for a Grammy award. His project involves a
sustained search of the American Folklife Center Archive’s holdings of
Cajun and Creole music, with an eye toward the development of new
concert material and recording projects.
Kader is a student at
Emory University’s English department, completing her dissertation,
"Surviving Folklore: Transnational Irish Folk Traditions and the
Politics of Genre." Her project involves expanding her research
concerning Irish and Appalachian "Jack tales" to encompass similar
traditions in the Caribbean and in African American communities in the
Bradley Hanson, a fourth-year doctorate student in
ethnomusicology at Brown University, receives the Blanton Owen Fund
Award, which supports ethnographic field research and documentation in
the United States. His project is to further document and study the
cultural impact of the Tennessee Jamboree, a weekly radio barn dance
program serving the communities of LaFollette and Campbell counties.
For more information on AFC's fellowships and awards, please visit http://www.loc.gov/folklife/grants.html or call 202-707-5510. To link to the press release about this year's recipients, please visit http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2011/11-103.html