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AFS Annual Meeting Sessions of Interest on Folklore and Education

Monday, September 21, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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Folklorists work in the field of K-16 (and even adult) education in many settings: formal and informal, in schools, museums, and beyond. The Folklore and Education Section is sponsoring a number of sessions of interest to those working on one of these realms, or thinking about joining the ranks. Paddy Bowman of Local Learning prepared the following list to help guide you through these sessions. Be sure to note the Folklore and Education Section lunch time meeting Thursday 12:15—2:00 p.m. in the Melbourne room if you wish to connect to others in this interest group.

Wednesday 1:00—4:00 p.m.

Experiments in Exhibition Museum of Latin American Art

Suzanne Seriff (Museum of International Folk Art)
Carrie Hertz (Museum of International Folk Art)
Carlos Ortega (Museum of Latin American Art)

The second annual "Experiments in Exhibition” Workshop, organized in collaboration with the Museum of Latin American Art (Molaa), focuses on exhibitions generated from community encounters with collections. For the exhibit Transformations, Molaa invited five community members to select collection objects that best illustrated their stories of life-changing experiences, as with cancer or gang violence. Curator Carlos Ortega, along with contributors from the local Latino community, will discuss the project—its design, development, and the lessons learned from it. Through hands-on activities, workshop participants will explore new methods for staging meaningful encounters with collections, engaging communities more deeply and emotionally with museums, $30. Pay at the door or register online before Aug. 31 at

Thursday 8:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m.

01-12  Encountering and Enacting Community Literacy in Public and Academic Landscapes (Shoreline),Sponsored by the Folklore and Education Section

Jenn Horn (University of Southern Indiana), chair

  • Rosemary V. Hathaway (West Virginia University), Countering Resistance to Teaching "The Local": Enacting Place-Based Pedagogy with Preservice English Teachers
  • Jenn Horn (University of Southern Indiana), Folklore: The Educational Tool that Keeps on Giving
  • Bonnie S. Sunstein (University of Iowa) and Rossina Zamora Liu (University of Iowa), Encountering Artifacts
  • Trisha Denton (Dartmouth College), Devising and Staging Folk Narratives for Public Performance

Thursday 12:15—2:00 p.m.

Folklore and Education Section Meeting (Melbourne)

Thursday 5:30—7:30 p.m.

Local Learning Happy Hour (District Wine,144 Linden Avenue)

Friday 8:00—10:00 a.m.

04-02  Working Well with Others: Museums as Public Folklore Organizations, Community
Collaborators, and the Challenges of Institutional Expectations (Ocean Ballroom)

Thomas G. Richardson (Birthplace of Country Music Museum), chair

  • Thomas G. Richardson (Birthplace of Country Music Museum), Cooking with the Right Ingredients: The Wonderful/Crazy Process of Making a Museum Education Department from Scratch
  • Douglas D. Peach (McKissick Museum and South Carolina Arts Commission), Is the Advocate Always Right?: Museums, Public Programs, and Peoplework
  • Lyle M. Murphy (Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon), Spectrum of Display: The Dynamics of Creating an Exhibit

Friday 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

05-12  The Folklore and Museum Policy and Practice Working Group Report and Inaugural Folklore and Museums Section Business Meeting (Shoreline)

Jason Baird Jackson (Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University), chair

  • Carrie Hertz (Museum of International Folk Art)
  • Suzanne Seriff (Museum of International Folk Art)
  • Michael Ann Williams (Western Kentucky University)

05-13  The Working Lives of Teachers (Palos Verdes), Sponsored by the Folklore and Education Section

Anne Pryor (Wisconsin Arts Board), chair

  • Ruth Olson (University of Wisconsin), The Roots of Being Community-Minded: Local Culture in K–12 Classrooms
  • Susan Eleuterio (Goucher College), Texts from a Teacher
  • Anne Pryor (Wisconsin Arts Board), Writing Math Poems in the Middle of the Night
  • Natasha Agrawal (Robbins Elementary School, Trenton School District), The Lighter Side of Teacher Talk

Saturday 8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

07-05/08-05  Folklore and Service Learning Workshop (Casablanca), Sponsored by Local Learning and the Folklore and Education Section

Joe Brooks (Community Works Institute)
Nancy Watterson (Cabrini College)

Local Learning and the AFS Folklore and Education Section invite AFS attendees and local educators and community members to explore how incorporating folklore and ethnography deepens student engagement in service learning. The workshop includes hands-on engagement and discussion about best practices. It represents an extension of the 2015 Journal of Folklore and Education: Youth and Community, which investigates the pedagogical significance of engaging young people in communities to examine how folklore provides tools for creating critical understanding of this kind of work. This theme and the workshop consider "student-driven” pedagogy to be an adjective and an action verb encompassing research methods, critical thinking, cultural expression, and production.


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