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Opportunities for Students at the 2012 Annual Meeting

There are several opportunities that are designed specifically for students:

  1. AFS Graduate Student Section business meeting, Thursday, October 25, 12:15--1:30 pm, Orleans Room. The Graduate Student 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, get to know students from other universities, and make their voices heard within the Society and the field. The Section welcomes new members!

  2. Graduate Student Lounge: The Graduate Student Section and American Folklore Society invite all students to take advantage of this space for students to rest and network with other students. Now in its second year, the graduate student lounge is an excellent place for meeting other students, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of attending panels, or just grabbing a free snack or cup of coffee. The lounge is available throughout the meeting and is staffed by fellow students, so it’s the perfect place to stash your things or meet up with friends (hours depend on the availability of volunteers). On occasion, notable folklorists have been known to sneak in for an informal conversation. The lounge is in the Presbytere Salon on the second floor of the Monteleone. Thursday and Friday, October 25-26, 7:30 AM--6:00 PM; Saturday, October 27, 7:30 AM--3:45 PM.

    we still need volunteers to help staff the lounge to keep the room open as planned. Shifts will be roughly an hour long. If you can help, please contact Amber Slaven at

  3. AFS Fellows Reception for Students: The Fellows offer this reception as a way to welcome students to the meeting, to create 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 La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom (East/West), Thursday, October 25, 6:00—7:30 pm.

  4. AFS Public Programs Section Mixer for Students and Young Professionals: This mixer is an opportunity for graduate students to meet with public folklorists in an informal, casual setting. The Public Programs Section and the Graduate Student Section provide food, a cash bar, and a warm welcome. Riverview Room, Friday, October 26, 5:45—6:30 pm.

  5. The Breakfast of (Folklore) Champions: Senior folklorists breakfast with students, talking about a designated topic, as well as students’ questions and interests. The Fellows participating in this year’s breakfast, and their topics, are:

    Barry Jean Ancelet (University of Louisiana, Lafayette), music
    Frank de Caro
    (Louisiana State University), folklore and literature
    Carl Lindahl
    (University of Houston), narrative
    Sharon R. Sherman
    (University of Oregon), film

    This Fellows-sponsored program, now in its fourth year, is aresponse to numerous requests that the Society create ways for senior members of the field to engage and mentor students directly. Based in part on your evaluations of this event, the Fellows look forward to strengthening it, and creating other such opportunities, in future years.

    There is no fee for this event, but since seating is limited, advance registration is required; the eight seats per table will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, e-mail Associate Director Lorraine Walsh 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.

    The Breakfast is Saturday, October 27, 7:30—9:00 AM, in the Riverview Room.

We also encourage you to participate in:

  1. AFS Section Business Meetings: There are more than thirty AFS Sections, serving as gathering places and forums within the Society for people with common interests in the field. All Sections welcome new members, and invite prospective members to attend their annual business meeting to learn more about the interests and activities of the Section. See the AFS Annual Meeting program for specific meeting times and locations.

  2. AFS Cultural Diversity Committee Open Meeting: The Cultural Diversity Committee’s ongoing concern is to diversify the Society's membership and to keep the Society engaged with diverse communities. The Committee invites everyone to contribute to the discussion in an open meeting Thursday, October 24, 8:00—10:00 am.

  3. Information sessions designed to provide orientation and address issues and concerns:
    • Ask an Archivist!: Issues, Questions, and Discussions of Folklore Collections, to discuss issues in libraries, archives, museums, and other collections of folklore, in the book exhibit room for the duration of the conference.
    • Independent Folklorists Meet & Greet and Indi-Folk Forum Demonstration, to meet consulting folklorists and learn tips for using the Section's online discussion forum. Bonnet Carre, Thursday, 12:15–1:30 PM.
    • Meet the Editors of the Journal of American Folklore, AFS Review, Digest, Jewish Cultural Studies, New Directions in Folklore, Journal of Folklore Research, Western Folklore, and the AFS website. Riverview, Thursday, 3:45–5:45.
    • Using the AFS Website. Bring a lunch and your questions about any or all aspects of using the AFS website, from profile settings and membership renewal to adding custom pages and using group tools. Queen Anne Parlor, Saturday, 12:15—1:30 PM.
  1. Professional Development Workshops: The Archives and Libraries Section offers a student rate for two pre-conference workshops. Pre-registration is required, and closes October 1. Click on the link to each workshop to register.

For those of you attending our meeting for the first time, please see "How to Make the AFS Meeting Work Best for Youby former AFS Board member Carole Carpenter of York University. Also, please consider attending the Welcome Breakfast on Thursday, October 25, 7:00—8:00 AM.

AFS is committed to fostering professional and mentoring relationships. If you would like to participate or have ideas, please contact Executive Board member Lisa Gabbert at

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