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Women Documenting the World 0 A. Sanchez The American Folklife Center is hosting an event on Thursday, September 26 to launch its multi-year initiative to highlight, explore, and celebrate the contributions of women as ethnographic fieldworkers and scholars. This event, Women Documenting the World: Women as Folklorists, Ethnomusicologists & Fieldworkers, is a day-long program of talks, interviews, and discussions. This free event will be held from 9:30am to 5pm on Thursday, September 26,2019 at the Mary Pickford Theater in the James Madison Building. ***The American Folklife Center asks that if ADA accommodations are needed, those should be requested five days prior to the event at 202-707-6362 or by email. For more information on this event or for a full schedule, visit the Library of Congress page.
by A. Sanchez
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Event for Friends of Folklife/MAFA Members at Nat'l Folkliife Festival 0 A. Sanchez The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) and the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA) are hosting an event for Friends of Folklife and MAFA members. The “Smith Island Cake & Coffee Hour” event will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the 79th National Folk Festival at Salisbury Maryland. It will be held in the Maryland Folklife Area’s Narrative Stage tent. Parking is located at the downtown parking garage. After the Coffee Hour, the session “Documenting MD Folklife” will take place at the same location.  RSVPing is encouraged. Contact Betty Belanus, MAFA vice president, to do so. For a full schedule of the National Folk Festival, click here.
by A. Sanchez
Friday, August 23, 2019
Fernando Orejuela, Shonekan, and Martin to Give Botkin Lecture June 5 0 E. Mee The editors of Black Lives Matter & Music: On Documenting Contemporary Culture, Dr. Fernando Orejuela and Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, as well as contributor Allie Martin, will present at the American Folklife Center's Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Washington D.C. The 2018 scholarly volume Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection (Activist Encounters in Folklore and Ethnomusicology) collected critical studies which draw from ethnographic research and personal encounters to illustrate how scholarly research and teaching about the role of music in the Black Lives Matter movement can contribute to public awareness of social, economic, political, scientific, and other injustice in our society. Four years have passed since Michael Brown was shot and killed catapulting digital activism from social media hashtags to uprisings in the streets. #SayHerName followed. We said her name: Sandra Bland. We said his name: Eric Garner. And his: Tamir Rice. And hers: Charleena Lyles. Black Lives Matter as a movement has been ardently committed to revealing who people are, but it is also rooted in a concern with revealing how things work. Systematic inequality was the reason for Alicia Garza’s rallying cry for #BlackLivesMatter in 2013 after the acquittal of the killer of the unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin. This panel of ethnomusicologists and contributors to Black Lives Matter and Music look beyond their chapters and towards the present state of the movement to discuss economic injustices, gentrification and cultural displacement, as well as education disparities as enduring kinds of violence. Panelists will also discuss how musicians continue to provide the soundtrack for the Black Lives Matter movement.  Presenters are Dr. Fernando Orejuela, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Adjunct Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Latino Studies at Indiana University; folklorist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, Professor and Chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Alison Martin. PhD Candidate in Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. For more information about the fill lecture series, visit the Library of Congress's website. All lectures are recorded and archived for those that are unable to attend in person. 
by E. Mee
Thursday, April 18, 2019
American Folklife Center Jointly Hosts Round Table and Film Screening 0 R. Rini Larson In collaboration with the Society for Visual Anthropology, the National Anthropological Archives, and the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH), the American Folklife Center (AFC) will present a round table discussion, a reception, and a film screening at New York University’s D.C. campus. Date/time: November 30, 2017, beginning at 3:00 Location: NYU's Washington, DC campus 1307 L St. NW, Washington, DC The event is free & open to the general public, not just to attendees at the annual American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) meeting the week of November 29–December 2. Panelists include staff from AFC and the Library of Congress, the National Anthropological Archives/National Museum of Natural History, CFCH and others. The special AAA conference event features a round table discussion with curatorial staff from the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution on the global issues of immigration, migration and displacement. The open format discussion will focus on case studies and examples from federal cultural agencies regarding archival collections that are available for scholars conducting research on the topic, programs that provide training in documentation methods to communities struggling against displacement, digital interventions, and other initiatives that resonate with the overarching conference theme. Topics will include contemporary political analysis of immigration, migration, and displacement as they occur around various sites, in addition to the special collections, materials and historical research that each institution holds in their vaults. The award-winning film, "El Mar El Mar," addresses the AAA conference theme of "World on the Move." Read reviews here: For a complete description of the event, visit: RSVPs are highly recommended for both events. To make a reservation, visit:
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Texas Folklife Hosts Third Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling 0 R. Rini Larson Texas Folklife is thrilled to announce the Third Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling! This year's event will be held on Saturday December 2, 2017 at Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco, TX. The festival day program includes a symposium, presentations and showcase concerts by master fiddlers from styles across Texas. The evening western swing dance features Texas favorites Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band. Event Info: Tickets: $10 for day program, includes all day-time activities of the festival. The evening dance is separate and costs $20 at the door—all proceeds go to band.
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
SIMA Hosts Symposium to Mark Ten Year Anniversary 1 R. Rini Larson A significant number of folklorists are past SIMA participants. Folklorists near DC are very much encouraged to attend the symposium.
by J. Jackson
Friday, November 17, 2017
Urban Artistry Presents "The Dedication Series: Urban Dance and Dialog" 0 R. Rini Larson Come to historical Harpers Ferry, West Virginia on November 11-12, 2017 to explore how the people, music, and movement of the past currently reside in today’s urban dance landscape through the tradition bearers of Urban Artistry Inc. ( Working through the lens of an interdisciplinary urban dance education, students will participate in a series of workshops that will enable them to become advocates of cultural preservation and artistic innovation as they discover dance, vocal, and instrumental traditions that have endured through America’s history of slavery, Civil War, and Civil Rights. The title of the event is "The Dedication Series: Urban Dance and Dialog," and it will take place at the Historic Train Depot in Harpers Ferry, WV, featuring Russell Campbell, Maren Cummings, and Rizqi Rachmat.  New learners, experienced dancers, and musicians of all skill levels are invited to become part of a growing community that inclusively seeks to understand the American experience through music, dance, and dialogue. Each session will include discussions about social context, historical references, and cultural exchange. Registration for the event is $60. Register here: Urban Artistry, Inc., is an internationally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the performance and preservation of art forms inspired by the urban experience. Serving as cultural ambassadors for communities that are often unsung, the group fulfills their mission through effective collaborations that support artists’ past, present, and future. To learn more about Urban Artistry, the workshops, parking at Harpers Ferry, and other logistics, visit:
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, October 27, 2017
Peggy Bulger Speaks About Stetson Kennedy at the Library of Congress 0 R. Rini Larson Please join the American Folklife Center for the next lecture in the Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series: "Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy," a book talk and signing by Peggy A. Bulger September 19, 2017, Noon-1:00 pm Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor Thomas Jefferson Building The Library of Congress Stetson Kennedy (1916 - 2011) led a remarkable life as a political activist, writer, and folklorist. Yet, he is virtually unknown outside of his home state of Florida. His life was one of cultural advocacy and rebellion and his friends included Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Alan Lomax, Richard Wright, Jean-Paul Sartre, Zora Neale Hurston and others.  This talk explores the work of a remarkable man who was determined to make a positive difference in American life by using folklore and oral history as a vehicle for progressive change. Dr. Peggy A. Bulger served as the director of the American Folklife Center from 1999 to 2011 before retiring to her adopted state of Florida, where she had previously served as the state's first folklorist and folklife administrator from 1975-1989. Her research on Stetson Kennedy, which began with her doctoral dissertation in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, has recently been published by the Florida Historical Society as Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy. For more information, visit Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, September 15, 2017
Seventh Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival 0 J. Fivecoate Now in its seventh year, the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival is a free, family-friendly celebration of folklife, or those living traditions practiced by cultural communities across the state of Maryland. Come to the Creative Alliance at the Patterson June 10 to learn Native American round dancing, hear the story of Baltimore jazz, and experience the beauty of Beijing opera, among many, many more participatory activities and performances. Check back often for updates! Created by folklorists Elaine Eff and Rory Turner in 2001 as part of theMaryland State Arts Council's longstanding folklife program, Maryland Traditions works to identify, support, and present Maryland folklife from the Appalachian Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay.
by J. Fivecoate
Friday, March 24, 2017
2017 Folklorists in the South Retreat 0 J. Fivecoate Our theme this year 'The Power of Our Stories' will feature an incredible line-up of presenters including Kiran Singh Sirah (President of the International Storytelling Center), Jorge Mateus (Executive Director of the Association for Cultural Equity), Sue Eleuterio (Independent/'The Folklore Advocacy Toolkit') and a screening of Joe York & Scott Baretta's new film,  'Shake 'Em On Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell' with the filmmakers We are gathering in Canton, Mississippi (outside of Jackson) the weekend of April 7-9, 2017. Mark your calendars, make your travel plans, join us!! Registration and agenda information is on the South Arts website at: As always, we promise a relaxed atmosphere, good food, great conversations, new ideas and the opportunity to 'recharge' personally and professionally. Special thanks to Jennifer Jameson (we miss you already!) and the Mississippi Arts Commission for their support and planning. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, March 28.
by J. Fivecoate
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Season's First Washington, DC Folklorists Happy Hour 0 J. Fivecoate   By Nancy Groce (American Folklife Center) It's fall again! And after a long, very hot summer --and following consultations with my esteemed colleagues at the American Folklife Center --we've decided that it was time for the season's first Washington, DC Folklorists Happy Hour! So, area folklorists, ethnomusicologists, ethnologists, oral historians, visiting colleagues, their enablers, and other interesting people are invited to congregate Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 at Thunder Grill. We'll be returning to the Thunder Grill in the foyer of the newly refurbished Union Station. Although it's not great, it is centrally located and offers cheap happy hour fare. (However, if anybody has an alternative place to recommend for future get together, I'd happy to consider other options.) All folklorists, ethnomusicologists, ethnologists, oral historians, professors, students, interns, and their friends are welcome. As is traditional, it will be a buy-your-own event.  Please forward this message to anyone you think might be interested—and please stop by!    
by J. Fivecoate
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Program for the American Folklife Center's Symposium Now Online 0 J. Fivecoate As part of its ongoing 40th Anniversary celebrations, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will present panels which highlight the Center's unparalleled collections, explore innovative approaches to cultural documentation, and focus on current best practices regarding ownership rights and access to archival resources in today's rapidly changing digital landscape. Research scholars, community members, documentarians, and archivists at a range of cultural institutions will discuss historical initiatives, current challenges, and emerging trends in dialogue with audience members and American Folklife Center staff. The program is online now.   For more information, visit the American Folklife Center’s website at    
by J. Fivecoate
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Library of Congress Hosts "Collections as Data" Symposium 0 J. Fivecoate By Mike Ashenfelder (Library of Congress) Learn how researchers and librarians use collections as data in September 27 symposium at Library of Congress- free and open to the public. This event will be live-streamed. The link will be made available the day of the event on the conference page. Join the conversation on Twitter using #AsData. What happens when researchers with powerful computing tools meet massive digital collections? What discoveries are made? What new directions and best practices in scholarly research emerge? Hear from scholars who have used digital collections to expand human understanding and from leaders in institutions that collect, organize, preserve, and provide digital collections as data. We invite you to attend the symposium, "Collections as Data: Stewardship and Use Models to Enhance Access," which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required if you wish to attend in person. For a complete program of the day's events, visit Jer Thorp, keynote speaker and co-founder of The Office for Creative Research, will open the symposium with a look at his organization's work making complex data sets accessible, thought-provoking, and ultimately more human. Speakers will highlight efforts in the cultural heritage and digital humanities communities to enhance access to digital collections, help develop communities of practice and address rising concerns for data scholarship. The symposium will conclude with steps towards supporting computational research with "Collections as Data: Conditions of Possibility" by Thomas Padilla, Humanities Data Curator at the University of California Santa Barbara.  
by J. Fivecoate
Thursday, September 1, 2016
NEH to Host Symposium on Preserving Audiovisual Heritage 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari The National Endowment for the Humanities will host Play/back, a symposium on preserving audiovisual heritage. The symposium will take place on September 30, 2016, at the National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20506. This one-day symposium will bring together scholars, archivists, librarians, curators, educators, students, filmmakers, and audiovisual preservationists for dialogue and collaboration on ensuring access to America’s rich audiovisual heritage of the past century. Over the past 50 years the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been instrumental in preserving America’s national heritage. NEH’s Play/back symposium seeks to call attention to the vital importance of our audiovisual past, and invites participants to assist in planning for the future of preservation of our vast legacy of audio, video, and film recordings. Keynote Speakers: David Isay (Founder, StoryCorps) and Nancy Watrous (Executive Director, Chicago Film Archives) Panels, breakout sessions, and keynote addresses will explore topics such as the role of sound recordings and moving images in documenting and interpreting society and culture, the challenge of prioritizing and selecting materials for future generations, creative approaches to long-term care and digitization, the value of interdisciplinary collaboration to audiovisual collections stewardship, and how to communicate with a broader public the importance of preserving our recorded heritage. The Play/back symposium at NEH follows the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives 2016 conference in Washington, D.C. Registration is free, but it is recommended that you register early. More information is available here: To register:  
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Texas Folklife Announces “Stories from Deep in the Heart” Summer Institute 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari Austin, Texas – June 13, 2016 – Texas Folklife is pleased to announce that the “Stories from Deep in the Heart” 2016 Summer Institute—its one week audio documentary production workshop—will be held July 18-22 in Austin. High school and middle school teachers, administrators, as well as students from Austin ISD and surrounding school districts were selected earlier this month to be this year’s Institute Fellows. This year’s theme for the workshop is "The Working Arts," featuring traditional craftspeople of Austin. Workshop participants will interview bladesmiths, luthiers, cigar box guitar makers, bootmakers, and other local craftspeople and complete a short radio documentary about their folk art. During the Summer Institute, participants will work in groups with professional media producers and folklorists to produce short public radio-style audio documentaries on community traditions. Participants will tour KUT 90.5, Austin’s local NPR affiliate, where they will also record narration for their documentaries using KUT’s state of the art production studio. Documentaries produced during the workshop will be uploaded to Texas Folklife’s Soundcloud page and Public Radio Exchange where they may be selected to broadcast by public radio stations. At the end of the workshop, teachers and administrators will discuss options to implement folklore, media production, podcasting techniques, and technology education in their classrooms. A few teachers will also be selected to collaborate with Texas Folklife to bring an audio documentary program into their school the following school year. Folklorist and veteran BBC radio producer Rachel Hopkin is the special guest instructor again this year. After working with the BBC, creating radio documentaries about music from around the UK, she became an independent radio producer and folklorist. Among her many accomplishments, Hopkin has documented multiple oral history projects in historic communities across the American South, created a radio series for local Kentucky NPR, and was awarded the 2012 Sally Kress Tompkins fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians and the Historical American Buildings Survey to document buildings in Nashville. From 2012 to 2014 she served as Program Coordinator for Nevada Humanities, and is now pursuing a PhD in Folklore from Ohio State University. Ms. Hopkin has helped facilitate the Stories from Deep in the Heart Summer Institute for the last 3 summers. On the last day, workshop participants will premiere their stories for their peers and the public in a Reception and Listening Party to be held at Bass Lecture Hall, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, at The University of Texas at Austin. The free event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 22. Reception at 6 p.m., Program begins at 7 p.m. During the reception, some of the craftspeople featured in the completed audio stories will be on hand demonstrating and explaining their crafts, providing attendees with the opportunity to engage with the craftspeople and their work. “The Summer Institute is in many ways the cornerstone of our Stories from Deep in the Heart program,” said Texas Folklife Acting Director Charlie Lockwood. “Each year our work with educators, administrators and students during the summer opens the door to future long term collaborations in the classroom. Additionally, our focus this year on material arts and culture allows us to engage with artists and culture bearers who provide us with important insights into ways of knowing and being. We are excited about the chance to share these stories with the public while also providing teachers, students and education administrators with training in technology, audio documentary and folklore.” “Stories from Deep in the Heart” is supported in part through grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art; the Shield-Ayres Foundation; the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and Department of Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Grant for Technology Opportunities (GTOPS); and generous support from the Austin Independent School District and KUT News 90.5. For more information: Stories from last year’s Institute can be found at: About Texas Folklife Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. For over 30 years, Texas Folklife has honored the cultural traditions passed down within communities, explored their importance in contemporary society, and celebrated them by providing accessible and joyful arts experiences.  
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Saturday, June 25, 2016
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by S. Tumme Tumme
Friday, June 24, 2016
2016 Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts, the 2016 Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert features extraordinary musicians from across the country who have received the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest award for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. When: Sunday, July 3, 6:30 p.m., during the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Where: Ralph Rinzler Concert Stage on the National Mall @ 4th Street, Washington, DC These artists are not only masters of their tradition; as teachers, innovators, and advocates, they have made significant contributions to the living cultural heritage of their communities. Together they represent a remarkable portrait of the diversity of cultures and artistic traditions that enrich our nation. Featured Artists: Iraqi American oud master Rahim AlHaj with Issa Malluf (percussion) Irish American fiddler Liz Carroll with Jake Charron (guitar/keyboards) Dobro musician Jerry Douglas Mexican American conjunto musician Flaco Jiménez with Los Texmaniacs Lakota flute player, singer, and dancer Kevin Locke with Max Defender (percussion) Klezmer musician Andy Statman performing with The Andy Statman Trio Legacy of go-go musician Chuck Brown with The Chuck Brown Band This free concert offers a preview of the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, when on the occasion of the Festival's 50th anniversary, it will feature a full program on the NEA National Heritage Fellows. Learn more about the concert and the featured artists by visiting This year's Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert is presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. 
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Pravina Shukla to Give Botkin Lecture 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari Next week Pravina Shukla will be at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress giving a Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture:   Dressing the Past: Civil War Reenactors, Williamsburg Historic Interpreters, and Exploring American Identity through Costume   Pravina Shukla, Indiana University   Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Noon-1:00 p.m. Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building, Library of Congress   The periods of the American Revolution and the Civil War remain topics of pride and contention, subjects of popular writing, and inspiration for costumed performance. In eighteenth-century garments at Colonial Williamsburg and in nineteenth-century uniforms on Civil War battlefields, modern Americans celebrate the nation’s history, and at the same time take the opportunity to air their political and cultural opinions while exploring significant aspects of their identities. Their costumes, differing from their daily dress, help them fulfill personal desires while they join with others in collective public performance.
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Mark Slobin Presents Botkin Lecture at the American Folklife Center 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari Mark Slobin will give a Botkin Lecture in the Washington, DC area on May 12th. The lecture is entitled "Improvising a Musical Metropolis: Detroit, 1940s-1960s.” Mark Slobin is professor of music and American studies at Wesleyan University.  When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm Where: Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor James Madison Building, Library of Congress   Description: Eminent ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin surveys his research on the musical life of his hometown, Detroit, Michigan, during "my day," the 1940s-60s. He positions his personal experience in the wider panorama of a musically dynamic city of recent immigrants from Europe and migrants from the American South, and addresses the role of the schools and subcultures in shaping Detroit's complex cultural landscape.   Dr. Slobin is the Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music and Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University. He has written extensively on American music, ethnomusicology theory and practice, Eastern European Jewish and klezmer music, and the music of Afghanistan, where he conducted research beginning in 1967. He has served as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Society for Asian Music and two of his numerous books have won the prestigious ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award.   Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Symposium on Cultural Sustainability in the Age of Globalization 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) is presenting a symposium on May 12 that will explore efforts to sustain local artistic practices and cultural identities as the world becomes increasingly globalized. CFCH is partnering with the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts to assemble an exemplary array of speakers—community leaders, artisans, academics, and tradition bearers—to share their stories and engage key issues of cultural sustainability and its place in modern society. Representatives from the world of sustainable development, language revitalization, and cultural revitalization will discuss topics such as cultural heritage and well-being, cultural and economic sustainability, and cultural sustainability and revitalization. Speakers will include Maria Rosario Jackson, Angelique Kidjo, and the Queen Mother of Bhutan.What: Symposium on Cultural Sustainability in the Age of GlobalizationWhere: Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. When: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2016For more information, see 
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Monday, April 18, 2016

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