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Opportunities for Students at the 2011 Annual Meeting
1. The AFS Graduate Student Section will hold its annual meeting on Friday, October 14, from 12:15 to 1:30 pm in the Dogwood room of the Indiana Memorial Union. The section is the home for all students within AFS, and is one important body through which students from any university can plan AFS projects and activities, can get to know students from other universities, and can make their voices heard within the Society and the field.

2. The AFS Fellows will host their annual reception for students on Thursday, October 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The Fellows host this reception as a way to welcome students to the meeting, to offer opportunities for networking with senior members of the field, and to make clear how important students are to the health and vitality of folklore studies. The reception, featuring food provided by the Fellows and a cash bar, will be held in Alumni Hall of the IMU.

3. The AFS Public Programs Section will be hosting a mixer for students on Friday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Georgian Room of the IMU. This event, which will feature food and a cash bar, is an opportunity for graduate students to meet with public folklorists in an informal, casual setting.

4. On Saturday, October 15, from 7:30 to 9:00 am in State Room West of the IMU, the Fellows of the American Folklore Society will sponsor the third"Breakfast of (Folklore) Champions.” At this event, four members of the AFS Fellows will be available to talk informally, over a light breakfast, with a group of up to eight students each about an area within our field with which they’re familiar, and to discuss students’ questions, interests, and work in this area.

This will be an excellent opportunity for students to meet and share ideas with a senior folklorist from a program other than their own. This program is a response to numerous requests that the Society create ways for senior members of the field to engage and mentor students more directly. Based in part on student evaluations of this event, we look forward to strengthening it, and creating other such opportunities, in future years.

The Fellows participating in this year’s breakfast, and their topics, will be:

Dorothy Noyes (Ohio State University), theory

Elliott Oring (California State University, Los Angeles, retired), narrative

David J. Hufford (Pennsylvania State University/Hershey Medical Center, retired), belief and medicine

Bill Ivey (Vanderbilt University), public folklore

There is no fee for this event, but since seating will be limited advance registration (on a first-come, first-served basis) is required. To register, e-mail Associate Director Lorraine Cashman at, indicating the conversation in which you want to participate. Please be aware when you make your request that we will not seat students with Fellows from their own institutions.

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