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DC: 2012 Botkin Lecture by Simon Bronner

August 9, 2012, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building

Presented by the American Folklife Center


Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University, presented by Simon J. Bronner, Pennsylvania State University

From their beginnings in American history, College campuses emerged as hotbeds of expressive traditions fitting under the rubric of folklore (although scowling critics would dismiss these traditions as high jinks).  This became more true, rather than less, as universities have become engines of mass society. Rather than deride campus traditions as cases of boys and girls "gone wild," Bronner interprets the uses of play and ritual for students in different eras to work through tough issues of their age and environment. More broadly, campus traditions are shown to function centrally in the development of American culture.

Simon J. Bronner is Coordinator of the American Studies Program and Director of the Doctoral American Studies Program and Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore at Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in Folklore and American Studies from Indiana University in 1981. He became editor of the Encyclopedia of American Studies in 2011. He is the editor of a book series entitled Material Worlds and edits the journal Jewish Cultural Studies. He is the author of many books, including Explaining Traditions: Folk Behavior in Modern Culture (2011); American Children's Folklore (2006, winner of the Opie Prize for best book on children's folklore); Grasping Things: Folk Material Culture and Mass Society (2004); Folk Nation: Folklore in the Creation of American Tradition (2002), Following Tradition: Folklore in the Discourse of American Culture (1998); Piled Higher and Deeper: The Folklore of Campus Life (1990); and American Folklore Studies: An Intellectual History (1986). For more information, visit Simon J. Bronner's blog.

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