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Winnie Lambrecht

WINNIE LAMBRECHT, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

PhD, Anthropology (African Arts & Visual Anthropology), Univ. of CA (Berkeley), BA, Univ. of CA (Berkeley); thesis on central African oral literature. Work interests have been in traditional arts and at the intersection of anthropology/folklore and media production; 1982 to 2009, director of the Folk/Traditional & Community Arts Program, RI State Council on the Arts, a program I founded and managed, with occasional leaves of absence to produce/direct and/or edit films, including The Tree of Iron (Tanzania 1988), Saudade (US,1990), Samuel Yellin’s Legacy (US 1990), Los Cuetos: Four Generations of Puppeteers (Mexico 2006), Baking Bread! (NY 2010), forthcoming Puppetry and Politics in 1939 (US 2014). Taught at The City University of NY, the School for Visual Arts, NY, Brown University, and the Rhode Island School of Design, where I currently teach. Co-founder and board member, Providence Latin-American Film Festival. Past or current board member of amongst others: Oasis International (African service and arts organization, RI), The International Gallery for Heritage and Culture, The Jazz Gallery (NY), La Providence (Haitian service/arts organization, RI), The Anthony Quinn Foundation (RI) and currently chair the board of RI Latino Arts (RI). Member, past chair: Folklorists in New England; member: AFS. Articles and reviews including "French Traditions” (Smithsonian Folklife Festival), "Envoye à Maison”, a history of French immigration for a cultural exchange project I managed between NY/New England and Québec. Reviews in JAF, Western Folklore, Journal of African Literature. Contributing editor: Parabola. AFS involvement: past or current section memberships: Folk Arts, Public Sector and Independent.

The areas that are of interest to me at this time are:

1. New technologies: engaging conversations between scholars, researchers museum curators, public sector folklorists in our field and ancillary disciplines, on the ethical uses, applications, advantages/disadvantages of new technologies.    

2. Future generations of folklorists: reaching out and engaging with students and potential students in our discipline and related ones.

3. Global perspectives: as members of a discipline whose interest is international in scope and whose global concerns are integral to our discipline, local endeavors by folklorists from a variety of cultural contexts provide us with tangible models and visions; the potential to exchange "best practices”, our deep rooted community integrity and to share our cumulative knowledge widely is central to our mission.

4. Fundraising: encouraging AFS members and officers to contribute regularly to the field, and to support the many organizations that share a common goal, whether at the local level or at the national and international levels. It is also the responsibility of policy makers at any level; as such we should be encouraged to engage widely with decision-makers within and beyond our Society’s own membership.


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