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AFS Committees

AFS Committees

1. Standing Committees

Cultural Diversity Committee

Purpose: To undertake research and other activities regarding priorities and strategies to diversify the Society's membership and to keep the Society engaged with diverse communities, and, based on those activities, to recommend policies and actions to the Executive Board

Chairs: Fariha Khan (2020) and Mintzi Martinez-Rivera (2021)

Members: Fariha Khan (2020), Phyllis May-Machunda (2020), Diana N’Diaye (2020), Guillermo De Los Reyes (2021), Maria Lewis (2021), Junious Brickhouse (2022), Eric Cesar Morales (2022), Todd Lawrence (2022), Naomi Sturm-Wijesinghe (2022)

 International Issues Committee 

Purpose: To undertake research and other activities regarding priorities and strategies to keep the Society engaged with folklorists and folklore organizations worldwide and, based on those activities, to recommend policies and actions to the Executive Board

Chair: Luisa Del Giudice (2021)

Members: Leah Lowthorp (2019), Ülo Valk (2020), Tom DuBois, others TBD

Membership Committee

Purpose: To undertake research and other activities regarding the growth and development of the Society’s membership and of the services the Society provides to its members, and, based on those activities, to recommend policies and actions to the Executive Board

Members: This committee should be reconstituted before summer 2020. Invitations are being sent on behalf of Norma Cantu.
Amanda Dargan 

Mentoring Committee 

Purpose: To undertake research and other activities regarding priorities and strategies to serve the mentoring and professional development needs of Society members, and, based on those activities, to recommend policies and actions to the Executive Board

Chairs: Wanda Addison (2020)

Members: Patricia Atkinson, Ian B. Brodie, Nancy Groce, Thomas A. McKean, Dorry Noyes, Ellen McHale, Emily Socolov

Nominating Committee 

Purpose: To make nominations for elected offices, and suggestions to the Executive Board for appointed positions

NOTE: Except for the Board representative, who is appointed by the Board as necessary, members of this committee are elected by the AFS membership each fall.

Chair: Rachel González-Martin (2020)

Members: Rachel González-Martin (2020); Lisa Rathje (2021); Anika Wilson (2022); Luisa Del Giudice (2022)

Publications Committee

Purpose: To recruit and recommend to the Executive Board the appointment of Society editors and to monitor the state of all Society publications in all media and suggest publication-related policies or actions to the Executive Board

Chair:  Moira Marsh

Members: Danille Christensen, Michael Dylan Foster, Jason Jackson, Jim Leary, Tom Mould 


2. Ad Hoc Committees

AFS-MLA Liaison Committee

Purpose: To build the relationship between AFS and MLA and to program folklore activities at the MLA Annual Convention

Chair: Jim Deutsch

Members: Shelley Ingram, John Laudun, Norma Cantu

Committee on Contingent Workforce Concerns

Purpose: To make recommendations to the Board in April 2018 for policies and actions to support adjunct, freelance, independent, and alt-ac members of the Society

Chair: Martha Sims

Members: Danille Christensen, Susan Eleuterio, Lisa L. Higgins, Mark Y. Miyake, Patricia Sawin, Nancy Yan

Development Committee

Purpose: To advise the Executive Board and Executive Director on development matters

Chair: Diane E. Goldstein

Members: Kurt Dewhurst, Bill Ivey, Wolfgang Mieder, Maida Owens, Patricia A. Turner, Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt, Simon Bronner, John Price 

Media and Public Outreach Committee 

Chair: Tom Mould

Members: Maribel Alvarez, Lorraine Walsh Cashman, Andrea Kitta, Andy Kolovos, Chris Mulé, Debra Lattanzi Shutika, TJ Smith, Virginia Siegel


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