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Recent Events


October, 2013, Potter College Fall Festival

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 Folk Studies students and faculty participate in the fal festival with skull mask making and making music.












October 2013, American Folklore Society Meeting 

This year's American Folklore Society Meeting was held in Providence, Rhode Island. The American Folklore Society is the professional society for folklorists, with members from around the world. The theme for the meeting was "Cultural Sustainability." WKU students Jacob  Buechler, Ehsan Estiri, Jack LeSieur, Devin Payne, Renee Pinkson, Afsaneh RezaeiSahraei, and Lilli Tichinin gave papers.







Devin Payne presented a paper about Louisville shotgun houses at AFS. 














Jack LeSieur presented a paper on the dual nature of cultural resources at AFS.Jacob Buechler at AFS

Jacob Buechler presented a paper titled, "The Highway is Alive Tonight: The Use of Landscape, Race, and Gender and Participation in US Supernatural Roadway Legends" at AFS. 




May 11 2012, An American Educator in Liberia: The Collection of Dr. Daniel Hays


Local members of the Hays family being given a preview of the exhibit by student Katie Wynn.

The exhibit opened May 11th at a well attended reception, with the guests including local Hays family members.  The exhibit will remain up at the Kentucky Museum for the foreseeable future. Dr. Williams's Museum Procedures and Preservation Techniques class created this exhibit for the museum based on a collection of Liberian folk art donated by Coppelia Hays in the fall of 2011. The exhibit is broken into four sections: children's objects, everyday/market, music, and sacred/power/ritual and uses Dr. Hays's experiences to explore the collection. To learn more about the donation, click here and to listen to the wonderful radio piece by Rachel, click here


April 24 2012, Alan Jabbour visits

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Former American Folklife Center Director Alan Jabbour and his wife Karen Singer Jabbour stopped by the department on their way through town.  Most of the folk studies students and professors sat down for refreshments and an informal dialog about the folklore in the 21st century with the Jabbours.  It was a nice evening and we look forward to meeting up again at AFS in New Orleans!


April 18-22 2012, SAH Annual Conference

This year's SAH Annual Conference was in Detroit, MI.  At this year's conference our own Rachel Hopkin was officially presented with the 2012 HABS-SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship.  Congratulations to Rachel!

April 15-18, 2012 AFS Luce Scholar, Xi Chen, visited the department


Xi Chen with Folk Studies student Katie Wynn

Xi Chen, from China, is in charge of coordinating the four conferences that have and will take place in China and the US as part of joint effort of AFS and the Institute of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage.  Ours was the first folklore program she visited in the states. Before joining us, she spent a week in Nashville with Bill Ivey.  When she left us, Xi went back to Nashville, then will be going on to Ohio, Indiana, New York, and D.C. before going back to Nashville again for the Forum on Intangible Cultural Heritage.  Following that, she will be spending another 5 months in the states visiting folklore programs and institutions and doing research for her doctorate dissertation on Chinese opera.  


April 15, 2012 WKU Potter College of Arts & Letters 2012 Student Awards Ceremony

This year's award ceremony honored eight Folk Studies and Anthropology student award winners: For Outstanding Graduate Student in Folklore there were two awardees: Rachel Hopkin and Sarah McCartt-Jackson.  Rebecca Katz won the the Cam Collins Award for Outstanding Undergraduate in Folklore.  The Outstanding Senior Anthropology Student Award went to Austin L. Warren. The Outstanding Anthropology Graduate in the Biological Anthropology Concentration Award went to Kelly L. Kramer.  The Outstanding Anthropology Graduate in the Cultural Resource Management Concentration Award went to John (Jack) B. LeSieur.  The Outstanding Anthropology Graduate in the Cultural Anthropology Concentration Award went to Lauren Drew Shackleford.  The Outstanding Anthropology Graduate in the Archeology Concentration Award went to Emily A. Snider.  There were so many winners that we filled three tables at the ceremony!  Congratulations to all our winners!

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Dr. Williams and Jack LeSieur.  The other two tables occupied by anthropology and folk studies students and their friends, family, and professors are visible in the background.  Dr. Hudepohl with award winners Kelly, Lauren, and Austin.

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Award winner Emily with her family.                                              Dr. Williams with award winner Rebecca.

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Awardees Rachel and Sarah standing to be recognized.  All the student winners standing to be recognized.  


March 24, 2012 The 42nd Annual WKU Student Research Conference


Photos by Tony Liang and Yang Liu of Katrina, Amber, Tony, and Rebecca (not pictured were presenters Rachel and Sarah).  

Congratulations to the six students (Sarah McCartt-Jackson, Rachel Hopkin, Katrina Wynn, Amber Slaven, Tony Liang, and Rebecca Wilson) who all presented at this year's student conference.  Check out the student papers section to see their abstracts.  


March 22-23, 2012 The 3rd Annual Collins-Bramham Public Folklore Workshop

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Telonidis, Brady, and Kay with students, faculty, and guests.         Students, faculty, and guests out at lunch.

At the third annual workshop, the guest of honor was Taki Telonidis of the Western Folklife Center. This year's workshop was extra special because of our guests from Indiana University including Jon Kay and a number of Folklore and Ethnomusicology students. The two day conference included a talk by Taki Telonidis about his work with NPR and the Western Folklife Center, a discussion with Telonidis, Brady, and Kay about public folklore and radio, lunch at Taj Palace, and a potluck dinner.


March 2, 2012 Preservation Kentucky Graduate Student Symposium 2012

Sarah McCartt-Jackson presented at the first statewide graduate student preservation symposium in Lexington, KY, on a Traditional Cultural Places project being conducted by WKU, CityLore, and TAUNY with the help of Sarah, Katie Wynn, Rachel Hopkin, and Caitlin Coad.  Sarah represented everyone and did a wonderful job at it!


February 17-18, 2012 The 5th annual OSU/IU 2012 Conference: (Re)Framing & (Un)Mapping

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This year's conference at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH was well represented by WKU. The keynote address was by our own Dr. Michael Ann Williams and there were presentations by Tony Liang, Molly Bolick, Amber Slaven, Sarah McCartt-Jackson, and Katrina Wynn. Becca Wilson also attended to show support and Dr. Ferrell was a discussant and introduced Dr. Williams's speech.  


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