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Two Free Japan-Related Exhibits in Chicago in November 0 R. Rini Larson Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties (until 11/19/2017) Alphawood Gallery 2401 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 Unison (Kimono-inspired artwork) by Mayumi Lake (until 11/22/2017) There will be a talk by Mayumi and Ayako on kimono culture on November 11. Chicago Artists Coalition 217 North Carpenter Street Chicago, IL 60607 Both events are free of admission.
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, November 10, 2017
Conference on the Future of American Folkloristics Planned for Summer 2017 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari By Jesse Fivecoate (Conference Chair) and Kristina Downs (Conference Vice-Chair) -- A group of folklore graduate students at Indiana University is in the early stages of planning a conference on the future of American folkloristics to be held in Bloomington in the summer of 2017. The Indiana Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the American Folklore Society will also co-sponsor the conference (which is a separate event from the annual IU-OSU folklore and ethnomusicology student conference). The conference is intended for folklorists at all stages of their careers, both inside and outside the academy. The field of folklore studies in the US comprises a small but dedicated group of scholars who see a viable future for the academic study of folklore and for the application and engagement of that scholarship in the public realm. To be sure, this future may not always be clear, but folklorists do what they have been doing since the earliest days of the discipline: we continue to do good work, even as others predict the death of the field. In that light, the purpose of this conference is to nurture conversations about our field and what we can do to maintain it, both inside and outside the academy.We’re happy to announce that Debra Lattanzi Shutika, chair of the English Department at George Mason University, will be one of our two keynote speakers.To assist in planning, we have created a brief survey to gauge AFS member interest in attending and participating in this conference. We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to respond to the survey by May 4, 2016. You can find the survey at Please feel free to email at with your comments and questions.   Sincerely, Jesse Fivecoate, Conference Chair Kristina Downs, Conference Vice-Chair  
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Events to Celebrate Arts in the Small Community Project 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari By Maryo Gard Ewell (Robert E. Gard Foundation) -- 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the start of The Arts in the Small Community project led by Robert E. Gard, and we invite you to celebrate with us! Robert E. Gard was a visionary in the field of community arts. While many people in the 1940's and beyond were talking about "access" to the arts for people, typically, that meant that Everyman should be in the audience or the gallery to witness America's finest artists. Gard was clear that it meant more than this: that Everyman had a right to create, converse and critique. "In terms of American democracy, the arts are for everyone.." His entire career, beginning in the 1930's when he worked with farmers in Upstate New York to write and produce plays about the experiences of their communities, to a speech he gave just before his death in 1992, was devoted to this vision. In 1966, his Office of Community Arts Development in the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agriculture received the first "access" award made by the newly established National Endowment for the Arts. This three-year project was to foster locally-based arts development in five rural Wisconsin communities - an unheard-of idea at the time. The result was a book, distributed free by the thousands - The Arts in the Small Community: A National Plan. He began with the conviction that everyone has an important story to tell, dance, write or sing about, and from that unleashing of individual creativity groups could to respond to the needs of their community. This book was the first of its kind. Here are just a few ways the Robert E. Gard Foundation will celebrate in 2016: A fall Symposium with the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, in partnership with the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Racine Arts Council, gathering some 30 of the nation's leading thinkers on community arts development. We'll be blogging and creating short video pieces from Racine. A reader of Gard's thoughts on community arts development to be published by Americans for the Arts, with short excerpts of his ideas pulled from speeches, reports, books, articles, poetry, and a diary, as well as from The Arts in the Small Community and its many ancillary publications. An oral history series in conjunction with UW-Madison's Oral History Program and the Wisconsin Arts Board, capturing the thoughts of faculty from the UW's extraordinary arts extension program and their students. The Arts in the Small Community program was a three-year experiment, so celebrations can be planned any time into 2019, when the book actually was distributed. To read the full announcement: Maryo Gard Ewell, "The Arts in the Small Community,” Engaging Matters: Doug Borwick on Vibrant Arts and Communities, about the events listed above will be added to the Gard Foundation website:
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Quilts of Southwest China Exhibition 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari The Quilts of Southwest China Exhibition is ongoing in the Main Gallery of the Michigan State University Museum through April 30, 2017. This exhibition, co-curated by Marsha MacDowell and Lijun Zhang, was primarily underwritten by the Luce Foundation and has grown out of the AFS-China Folklore Society activities. US partner institutions on this exhibition are: Michigan State University Museum, Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe), Mathers Museum of World Cultures/Indiana University, and International Quilt Study Center & Museum/University of Nebraska.  Chinese museum partners: Guangxi Nationalities Museum, Yunnan Nationalities Museum, and the Guizhlou Nationalities Museum.You can see some photos of the exhibition at A bi-lingual exhibition catalogue is forthcoming.More examples of Chinese quilts can be seen on the Quilt Index (; just use the advanced search tool and plug in China for country.Marsha MacDowell, Ph.D.Curator, Michigan State University MuseumProfessor, Art, Art History, and DesignCoordinator, Michigan Traditional Arts ProgramDirector, The Quilt Index (
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Archives of African American Music and Culture Highlights Black Radio 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University’s Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) will be highlighting Black radio during the Spring 2016 semester through public lectures, exhibits, and historic radio programs. Topics will range from the history of Black-oriented radio, including its social and economic impact, to the role of gospel announcers in disseminating African American religious music beyond the Black church.  The first of these programs will launch in February during Black History Month. On February 1, the AAAMC’s online multi-media exhibit, "The Golden Age of Black Radio,” will debut on the Google Cultural Institute website. Included are historic photographs, as well as audio and video clips of interviews with Black radio pioneers, many available to the public for the first time.  The four-part exhibit traces the birth of Black-oriented radio in Chicago, the role of radio during the Civil Rights Movement, women in radio, and the role of personality deejays in "breaking the hits” and promoting Black music and artists. The AAAMC is one of 50 institutions partnering with Google to contribute 80 new online exhibits celebrating Black history.   On February 1, the AAAMC will provide online streaming access for the first time, via IU Media Collections Online, to a rare hour-long video interview with Jack "The "Rapper” Gibson—considered by many to be the father of Black radio. Gibson recounts milestones in his career, beginning in 1945 as an actor on "Here Comes Tomorrow” (the first radio soap opera drama to feature an all-Black cast), as well as the history of Black-owned and operated radio stations and personality deejays. The interview was conducted in 1981 at IU by Dr. Portia K. Maultsby, and was recently preserved through IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative. Brief clips of the interview are also included in the AAAMC’s online exhibit "The Golden Age of Black Radio” (see above).  On February 9, an exhibit on Black radio will open in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center’s Bridgwater Lounge. Drawing upon collections donated to the AAAMC by award-winning radio producer Jacquie Gales Webb, the exhibit will highlight the history of Black radio and provide an overview of Webb’s career. As producer of the groundbreaking 1996 Smithsonian radio series, "Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was,” Webb was among the first to explore the history and development of Black-oriented radio through interviews with pioneering disc jockeys, producers, radio station executives and recording artists.  On February 13, in honor of UNESCO World Radio Day, the AAAMC will provide online streaming access for the first time, via IU Media Collections Online, to the 1968 radio series, "What Must Be Done: Where Are We Today in Black-White Relations?” Moderated by pioneering civil rights attorney Percy E. Sutton, the 30-minute panel discussion aired weekly over WLIB ("the leading voice of New York’s black residents”), beginning July 1, 1968, just three months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  On February 22, a publicly accessible online multi-media exhibit celebrating the career of award-winning producer and gospel music announcer Jacquie Gales Webb will be added to the AAAMC’s website: On March 9, award-winning producer and gospel music announcer Jacquie Gales Webb will present a free public lecture in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center’s Grand Hall at 4:00 p.m.  The lecture will be followed by a reception honoring her distinguished career and the establishment of the Jacquie Gales Webb Collection at Indiana University’s Archives of African American Music and Culture. The collection will provide an invaluable resource for scholarly research and course development on Black-oriented radio, radio documentary production, media history, African American music—including gospel and jazz—as well as broader issues on music, communication and culture. On April 6, award-winning gospel music announcer Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard will present a free public lecture in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center’s Grand Hall at 4:00 p.m.  Dr. Pollard is Professor of English Literature and Humanities at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. For the past three decades she has been an iconic voice on Detroit radio, and currently is the host/producer of "Rhythm and Praise with Deborah Smith Pollard," a contemporary gospel music program heard Sunday mornings on MIX 92.3 FM.  Dr. Pollard’s lecture will be followed by a reception celebrating the establishment of the Deborah Smith Pollard Collection at Indiana University’s Archives of African American Music and Culture. About the IU Archives of African American Music and Culture Established in 1991, Indiana University’s Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) is a repository of materials covering a range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era. Collections highlight popular, religious, and classical music, with genres ranging from blues and gospel to R&B and contemporary hip hop. The AAAMC also houses extensive materials related to the documentation of Black radio. Many of the images from the AAAMC’s Black radio collections can be viewed on Image Collections Online, hosted by the IU Digital Libraries Program The AAAMC supports the research of scholars, students, and the general public worldwide by providing access to holdings which include oral histories, photographs, musical and print manuscripts, audio and video recordings, educational broadcast programs, and the personal papers of individuals and organizations concerned with Black music. To explore the AAAMC’s collections, publications, and other resources visit  For additional information contact the AAAMC: or (812) 855-8547
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Illinois Humanities Presents "Changing Currents" 0 S. Tanhayi Ahari Illinois Humanities invites you to a program entitled "Changing Currents: Valmeyer and Pinhook Reclaim Community After Flooding.” It will take place at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center in East Alton, Illinois, on Friday, October 2, 2015, as part of the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival. The doors will open at 6 PM, and the program itself will begin at 6:30.  Information about the program is available at "Changing Currents" will discuss the experiences of two rural communities that were destroyed by Mississippi River flooding and have since rebuilt or are striving to rebuild: Valmeyer, Illinois and Pinhook, Missouri, both of which have interesting histories and rich local cultures.  Folklorists Elaine Lawless and Todd Lawrence have done extensive research with the people of Pinhook, and some of their work will be highlighted.  The program will feature the mayor of Pinhook, Debra Tarver, the former mayor of Valmeyer, Illinois, Dennis Knobloch, Journalist Mary Delach Leonard of St. Louis Public Radio, and Political Scientist Laura Hatcher of Southeast Missouri State University.  It will focus largely on these two questions: What can be learned from the experiences of Valmeyer and Pinhook about the responsibilities of local, state, and federal agencies in ensuring that rural communities can remain viable when disasters strike? How have both Pinhook and Valmeyer drawn upon their cultural strengths in order to maintain their vitality in the face of adversity? "Changing Currents" is presented in partnership with the Lewis and Clark Community College.
by S. Tanhayi Ahari
Thursday, October 1, 2015
3/28/15, Purdue: Fieldwork: Jayme Stone with The Lomax Project Residency 0 L. Cashman Fieldwork: Jayme Stone with The Lomax Project ResidencySaturday, March 28 / 8:00 PMPurdue University
by L. Cashman
Monday, January 12, 2015
Lecture: Heritage vs. Capabilities in Jemaa el Fnaa Square, Marrakech 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Ohio State University's Center for Folklore Studies presents a conversation with coffee and carbohydrates. Newly-minted OSU PhD in Music Thomas Beardslee will discuss his dissertation research on "Heritage vs. Capabilities in Jemaa el Fnaa Square, Marrakech." Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:00–11:30 AM Mershon Center 120 1501 Neil Ave. The Jemaa el Fnaa square in Marrakech, Morocco, where locals and tourists gather day and night to watch a wide variety of street performers, became ground zero for UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage agenda in 1997 when the novelist Juan Goytisolo became concerned about a proposed redevelopment and called up his old friend Federico Mayor Zaragoza to suggest that old buildings were not the only kind of culture UNESCO should protect. Since then, ICH has become a dominant global approach to the maintenance of cultural diversity. Tom Beardslee will talk about the emergent order of the square as performers negotiate the space with one another, how implementation of ICH has affected both the life of the square and performer livelihoods, and how the capability approach, enunciated by Amartya Sen as an alternative to economic development policy, suggests alternatives. With this informal event, we inaugurate a collaboration between the Center for Folklore Studies, the Department of Linguistics, and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies: the Mershon Research Network in Cultural Resilience. We will meet again in late May and once more in August to discuss readings on resilience and on capabilities, looking for alternative conceptual framings that might allow us to think clearly about the conditions under which traditional culture and small languages  can thrive, and how--or whether--that thriving is correlated to human wellbeing. On September 5th and 6th we'll hold a conference, "Sustainable Pluralism: Linguistic and Cultural Resilience in Multiethnic Societies." Although we are not sure where this conversation will end up  (the resilience framework poses its own pitfalls) we are interested in breaking out of the identity jail set up by the heritage approach. Too often the global conversation can imagine no contemporary modes of difference beyond tourism and terrorism. The network builds on Ohio State's deep expertise in the cultural and political dynamics of plural societies, calling on ground-level perspectives to invigorate a tired policy debate. Researchers in any discipline and especially graduate students are especially invited to participate. For further information please contact coordinators Brian Joseph ( or Dorothy Noyes (
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, April 28, 2014
MSU Museum Exhibit Showcases National Heritage Fellows 0 R. Vanscoyoc Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts, an exhibit highlighting a number of National Heritage Fellows and their contributions to American culture, will be running at the Michigan State University Museum through December 20. For more on the exhibit, visit
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
9/18-21/13, Indiana: Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Hall of Fame/Uncle Pen Days 0 L. Cashman Bluegrass festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana. For more information, see the attached flyer.
by L. Cashman
Monday, August 12, 2013
Rural By Design Lecture Series at Kenyon College, April 1-6, 2013 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Rural Life Center at Kenyon College, directed by folklorist-sociologist Howard Sacks, is sponsoring Rural By Design, a series of lectures, discussions, performances, and other activities on the subject of rural sustainability. The series will take place on the Kenyon campus in Gambier, Ohio, about an hour's drive northeast of Columbus, on April 1-6. All events are free and open to the public. Event topics include An Amish Perspective on Rural Sustainability, Government Policy and Rural Sustainability, and Rural Sustainability Around the Globe, among others. For more information, visit
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
4/12-13/13 OH: Global Human Rights, Sexualities, Vulnerabilities Symposium 0 L. Cashman  Global Human Rights, Sexualities, Vulnerabilities Symposium  April 12-13, 2013The Ohio State UniversityOhio Union, Multicultural Center, Suite 1000Keynote Address, April 12, 2013 (4:30-6:00, reception following)Professor Jasbir Puar "Bodies with New Organs: Becoming Trans, Becoming Disabled”Full-Day Symposium, April 13, 2013 (9:00-6:00, reception following)The symposium brings into critical conversation the fields of queer studies, disability studies, and human rights, with particular attention to how the discourse of human rights maps vulnerability onto certain bodies—but not others--and how these bodies take on the burden of representation in domestic and international politics and law.  The symposium consists of four panels, each consisting of three speakers, and a featured luncheon speaker.All events are open to the public. Early registration is encouraged. Registration is free. Registrants will receive on-line access to panelists’ papers one week prior to the event.Full conference program and registration information are available at: by the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies; College of Arts and Science; Department of English; Disability Studies; DISCO; Humanities Institute (Human Rights Working Group); Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Mershon International Center; Project Narrative; Sexuality Studies; and Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.For questions please contact event organizers Wendy S. Hesford ( or Amy Shuman (
by L. Cashman
Monday, February 11, 2013
12/1/12, Chicago: Sones de Mexico Ensemble concert and light show 0 L. Cashman 12/1/12, Chicago: Sones de Mexico Ensemble concert and light show
by L. Cashman
Monday, November 12, 2012
Lindow on the Old Norse Imaginary, 11/16 at Ohio State University 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and The Center for Folklore Studies will present The Sixth Annual Francis Lee Utley Lecture entitled Maimed Bodies and Broken Systems in the Old Norse Imaginary by Dr. John Lindow from the University of California, Berkeley on Friday, November 16th, 2012 from 3:00PM-4:30PM in the Science and Engineering Library 090.The lecture will be followed by light refreshments and extended discussion with our guest speaker and is part of the 2012-2012 CMRS Lecture Series: Disabilities and Abilities in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.More information coming soon, we hope many of you will be able to attend!
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, November 12, 2012
Two-Act Play about Civil Rights Movement Premiers in Evansville, IN 0 R. Vanscoyoc The premiere of a two-act play based on the civil rights movement in 1964 will be presented Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 17-18 at the Evansville Civic Theater Annex in the Washington Square Mall. Saturday performances will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday shows will start at 2 p.m. "Jubilee in the Rear View Mirror” is written by Garret Mathews, retired metro columnist for the Evansville Courier & Press. Admission is $12. A free educational pre-show will be offered 45 minutes before each production that will feature varied exhibits to include videotaped interviews with four African-Americans from Evansville who talk about what it was like to grow up under segregation. For more information, go to The drama is set in the fictional town of Jubilee, Miss., during Freedom Summer when hundreds of activists headed South to register African-American voters and to desegregate schools, bus stations and businesses. Beatings and arrests were common. The Montgomery, AL-based Southern Poverty Law Center lists more than 40 murders during the 1950s and ‘60s, including several at the hands of local law enforcement. "In the play, a young black civil rights worker from the North finds himself in a cell with a white racist who is behind bars for beating his wife,” Mathews says. "The background comes from dozens of interviews I conducted with men and women of both races who risked their lives to challenge the deeply-rooted segregationist social and political structure in the South in the 1960s. "Before pressure was brought to bear, black children in department stores were not allowed to try on new shoes,” Mathews goes on. "Salesmen traced the edges of their old shoes onto butcher paper and fetched an approximate fit from inventory. Many African-Americans who attempted to vote were fired from their jobs by white employers. Some had their homes fire-bombed by the Ku Klux Klan.”
by R. Vanscoyoc
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Role of Women in Development, Featuring Nigerian Farmer Susan Godwin 0 R. Vanscoyoc Round Meeting Room, The Ohio Union Friday, October 12, 2012 at 3PM Come join Oxfam America for a talk and discussion on the power of women in development! Susan Godwin, a smallholder farmer from Nigeria who has also been recognized as the 2012 Female Food Hero in Nigeria, will be blessing us with a discussion of her experiences living and farming in Nigeria. The mother of five children, she lives and works in the village of Tunduadabu, where she grows groundnuts, cassava, millet, maize and yams. Along with other farmers in her community, Susan faces challenges such as changing market demand for products, low prices offered by middlemen buyers, and weak institutional support for smallholder farmers. Through participation in an Oxfam agricultural program, she learned new farming techniques, formed saving and lending groups, and became a leader in her community, increasing the value of her farm and leading to her starting a business which employed three other women. For more, check out her bio: There will be drinks and snacks! See the Facebook event page at
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, October 8, 2012
10/3/2012 OSU: Donald Haase Lecture 0 L. Cashman The OSU Center for Folklore Studies and the Department of English will proudly present a lecture on "The History and Future of Fairy-Tale Studies" by Professor Donald Haase on October 3rd, 2012 at 4:00PM in 311 Denney Hall.
by L. Cashman
Monday, October 1, 2012
9/21/12 IN: Public Folklore, Public Universities, and Public Service 0 L. Cashman Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana UniversityResearch Colloquium Series Public Folklore, Public Universities, and Public ServiceFriday, September 213:30 - 5:00 pm Performance and Lecture Hall800 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. Everyone Welcome! Questions:
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
5/3-4: Good Works in Central America... 0 L. Cashman  May 3-4, 2012 Good Works in Central America: Interrogating North American Voluntary Service Mershon Center for International Security Studies 1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201  Keynote presentation byFather Fernando Cardenal"Priest in the Revolution: A Lifetime of Service to Youth in Poverty"
Thursday, May 3, 
4:30 - 6 p.m. Please register for the keynote presentation by visiting Eventbrite. Open Forum on International Service 
Friday, May 4,
 2 - 5 p.m.

To RSVP for the conference, email Kyle McCray at
Website link: 
: Katherine Borland, Associate Professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University 

: Short-term delegations to Central America for the purpose of providing material aid, assisting with grassroots development, or offering direct service have proliferated in the last four decades. This conference critically examines travel-for-service and the micro-politics of encounters between privileged visitors (professionals, politically motivated groups, service-learning programs) and impoverished third-world communities they visit, as well as the larger implications of poverty relief efforts organized outside of and sometimes in opposition to existing national and international institutions. Such projects promise solutions to seemingly entrenched problems in poorer nations through virtuous vigorous action. Yet in actuality, the dynamics of cosmopolitan interaction are complex. This conference will provide an opportunity for students and faculty interested or already engaged in international service to reflect upon their motives, practices, and experiences and to consider not only their immediate accomplishments but the longer-term implications of the kind of citizen-diplomacy they aspire to enact. The keynote speaker, Nicaragua's Father Fernando Cardenal, has committed his life to direct service to the poor within the framework of a religious vocation and training, more specifically, liberation theology. In 1980, he directed Nicaragua's National Literacy Crusade, an internationally acclaimed voluntary effort to teach reading and writing to rural and underserved populations, organized through the revolutionary state as a nationalist project. The academic speakers come from a variety of positions within the university but share a concern for reflection and the identification of "best practices." They have all either volunteered with or facilitated volunteer missions/delegations.
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
5/18-19/12: Tales of Trickery, Tales of Endurance: Gender, Performance, & P 0 L. Cashman The Center for Folklore Studies at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH invites you to Tales of Trickery, Tales of Endurance: Gender, Performance, and Politics in the Islamic World and Beyond A Conference in Honor of Margaret Mills Friday-Saturday, May 18-19, 2012 The Mershon Center for International Security Studies 1501 Neil Avenue Organized by the Center for Folklore Studies and generously supported by the Divsion of Arts and Humanities;the Mershon Center for International Security Studies; the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; the Center for the Study of Religion; and the Middle East Studies Center. Professor Margaret Ann Mills, retiring in June 2012 from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, has made major contributions to the study of women’s oral narrative, traditional pedagogies, women in contemporary Afghanistan, and the folklore of the Persian-speaking world and South Asia. She has helped us to think about the rhetorical dimension of oral traditions; the gendering of religious experience; the traditional public sphere; how literacies and pedagogies are mobilized to form political identities; how individual and collective expressive repertoires respond to war and displacement. This conference assembles some of her former students and longterm colleagues to discuss new developments in these lines of research.For the schedule and further information see . To RSVP for the conference, please email Elo-Hanna Seljamaa at Please help us by specifying your attendance at Friday's lunch, Friday's reception-dinner, and/or Saturday's lunch. Thank you!
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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