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Public Folklore in the 21st Century: A Symposium to Launch the Oregon Folklife Network
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11/18/2010 to 11/19/2010
When: 11/18/2010
Where: University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 
United States
Contact: Lisa Gilman
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Folklorist Bill Ivey, the Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, who served as Team Leader for Arts and Humanities on the Barack Obama Presidential Transition Team, and was the seventh Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts under President Clinton, will be the featured participant at the symposium along with key players in public folklore and cultural policy in the state of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest region.

The symposium will examine the state of public folklore, arts and heritage programming, and cultural policy in Oregon to strategize how to make the Oregon Folklife Network vibrant, relevant, and sustainable within the cultural, political, and economic realities of the 21st century.

Schedule of Events

Thursday 11/18, 6:30-8:30 pm, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon campus
A Public Lecture by Bill Ivey: "Arts, inc.: How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights.”

Friday 11/19, 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Many Nations Long House, University of Oregon Campus

9:30 Breakfast

10:00-10:45 Welcome and opening remarks

11:00-12:30: Panel "Invited Perspectives: Public Folklore in the 21st Century” This panel will bring together Bill Ivey and leaders in arts and cultural programming in the region to discuss how emerging shifts-- demographic, economic, political, cultural, technological, and environmental—shape the definitions, relevance, and values of public folklore in contemporary Oregon.


· Bill Ivey, Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University

· Chris D’Arcy, Executive Director, Oregon Arts Commission

· Carol Leone , Executive Director, Museum at Warm Springs

· Rebecca Dobkins, Chair of Anthropology Department, Willamette University

· Willie Smyth, Folk Arts Program Manager, Washington State Arts Commission,

· Devon Leger of Hearth Music, Folk Arts Promoter

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:45 Break out sessions: Small groups will initiate strategies for bolstering relevance and sustainability of public folklore in Oregon

3:00-4:00 Panel "Students working in public: field research, community, and academic mission”

A panel of students from UO’s Folklore and Arts and Administration Programs will discuss the intersections between academic research, training, and public sector work

4:00-5:30 Reception

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