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9/21/12 IN: Public Folklore, Public Universities, and Public Service
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9/21/12 IN: Public Folklore, Public Universities, and Public Service

Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
Research Colloquium Series

Public Folklore, Public Universities, and Public Service

Friday, September 21
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Performance and Lecture Hall
800 N. Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN

A joint presentation by Brent Björkman, Director of the Kentucky Folklife Program at Western Kentucky University, and Jon Kay, Director of Traditional Arts Indiana at Indiana University.

Public folklorists often work to document, support and serve the needs of various cultural groups and "traditional” artists. Frequently connected to arts agencies, museums or other government sponsored organizations, these scholars employed in the public sphere regularly engage in preservation, conservation and presentation projects that share diverse cultural expressions with constituents. In recent years there has been a move of folklore programs once tied to state-sponsored institutions to new homes within universities. In this talk, Kay and Björkman will discuss this trend and share their experiences as folklorists who have worked in a variety of nonprofit, government and academic settings.

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