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Leadership, Succession, and Transition in Public Folklore Professional Development Workshop at AFS

Thursday, October 11, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
At the present time, leadership and succession issues are critically important to the field of folklore studies, as they are to many other fields. AFS is now seeking your input as we work toward understanding and responding to these issues.

At the New Orleans annual meeting, AFS and the Preserving America’s Cultural Treasures (PACT) alliance will sponsor a two-session professional development workshop on Leadership, Succession, and Transition in Public Folklore (Session 01-11 on Thursday, 8:00-10:00 am, and Session 17-12 on Saturday, 8:00-10:00 am).

We hope many of you will be able to take part in one or both of the workshops. The second workshop will build on the first, but will begin with a recap of what went before, so that you can usefully attend either or both as your schedule allows.

To help ensure that the workshops meet the needs of our members, organizers Mal O’Connor, Selina Morales and Sally Van de Water ask that you send answers to the following questions, as well as any other thoughts and comments, to by Thursday, October 18.

1. As you think about the field of public folklore:

  • What are the 2-3 most significant leadership challenges we’re facing? What are 2-3 strengths we have to draw on to help meet those challenges?
  • What do you see as our 2-3 most important succession and transition challenges, and what strengths do we have to help meet those challenges?

2. As you think about yourself and your work at this point in your professional life:

  • What are the leadership capabilities that you have found to be critical to your success?
  • What skills would you like to develop further in order to be an effective leader in the field?

3. What are 2-3 things you want to learn, experience, and take away from the workshops that will help you become a more effective leader, or help promote more effective leadership in public folklore?

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