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COVID-19 Update: AFS Continues to Plan Meeting and Beyond

Friday, April 10, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

Dear Colleagues,


You are part of a remarkably resilient and adaptive community, and I am grateful every day that we have the privilege of working to serve you. AFS staff continues to work remotely under a stay-at-home order, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Like you, we are necessarily adjusting short-term plans on a daily basis, while also looking out to more distant planning horizons that are shrouded in uncertainty. 

We know that it’s hard for anyone to plan even a few months into the future, but we are doing everything we can to get ready for the October Annual Meeting in Tulsa. At the same time, we are exploring contingency plans in case we need to adapt to changing circumstances. We are pleased to have received enough proposals for a full program, and staff continue to work with those who requested more time to make a submission. We are doing the best we can to be accommodating, while recognizing that the many volunteers who help plan the meeting are also dealing with this crisis and will be on a tighter-than-usual schedule to prepare everything on time.

For now, though we aim to meet your own planning needs, we are working to build greater flexibility into our meeting planning timetable, so that we can make more informed decisions about our options when time has shed some light on public health, institutional, and financial conditions. 

At least there is one thing we can count on: AFS is still every day. We’re here for the long run, preparing for a post-pandemic future, and imagining ways to increase opportunities to connect folklorists beyond the annual meeting. AFS staff, with the tremendous support of a tireless network of dedicated community members, are compiling resources, convening exchanges, and even leavening our long days with humor and self-care tips. Be safe and well, and please, let us know how we can serve you best.

Warm regards,

Jessica A. Turner
Executive Director

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