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Opportunities for Students at the 2010 Annual Meeting

1. The AFS Graduate Student Section will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, October 14, from 12:15 to 1:30 pm in the McKissack 1 room of the Hilton Nashville. 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 sixth annual reception for students on Thursday, October 14, from 6:15 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 the Boone room of the Hilton Nashville.

3. The AFS Public Programs Section will be hosting a mixer for students on Friday, October 15, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Armstrong 2 room of the Hilton Nashville. 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 16, from 7:30 to 9:00 am in the Ryman 3 room of the Hilton Nashville, the Fellows of the American Folklore Society will sponsor the second"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 you to meet and share ideas with a senior folklorist from a program other than your 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 your 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:

Erika Brady (Western Kentucky University), folk music

Henry Glassie (Indiana University), aesthetics

Elaine Lawless (University of Missouri), narrative

Wolfgang Mieder (University of Vermont), proverbs and folk speech

There is no registration or meal 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, indicating the conversation in which you want to participate.

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