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Burt Feintuch (1949 - 2018)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Turner

Burt Feintuch passed away October 29, 2018. Burt was a wonderful friend and colleague to many of us.  He was a Professor of folklore and English at University of New Hampshire and director of the Center for Humanities. He received his Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania in 1975, and was at Western Kentucky for several years. From 1990 to 1995 he served as editor of Journal of American Folklore, and he became a Fellow of the AFS in 2012. 

 

Burt played an important role in the development of WKU's graduate program.  He joined the Western Kentucky faculty the same year he earned his doctorate, only two years after WKU granted its first graduate degree in Folk Studies.  He taught here for over a dozen years, helping to shape the program and mentor many students.  He was also an important part of the local music scene.

A musician himself, for many years Burt pursued his interest in cultural integrity and local music. He is the author of Conservation of Culture: Folklorists and the Public Sector,In the Blood: Cape Breton Conversations on Cultureand Talking New Orleans Music: Crescent City Musicians Talk About Their Lives, Their Music, and Their City. He also edited Eight Words for the Study of Expressive Cultureand The Encyclopedia of New England.

See his interview <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0NCVPI49Tg> last year with Nancy Groce at the Library of Congress in which he discusses his life and career. 

 

 



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