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Annual Collins-Bramham Public Folklore Workshop


5th Annual Workshop

Sam and Lacey Collins BramhamCollins Bramham 2014

Folklorists Bill Ivey and Tim Lloyd recently visited the WKU Folk Studies department as part of the Collins-Bramham Lecture Series. Bill Ivey was the director of the Country Music Foundation for many years. He served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1998 to 2001. Tim Lloyd has served as the executive director of the American Folklore Society for over 10 years. Ivey and Lloyd spoke about the American Folklore Society, and the future of folklore as a discipline. 


4th Annual Workshop

Laura Marcus Green Amy Skillman
Laura Marcus Green (Photo from AFS profile)
Amy Skillman (Photo from Goucher College Faculty Profile)

At the 4th annual workshop Laura Marcus Green and Amy Skillman discussed their partnership, "Building Cultural Bridges." This effort leads workshops and other programs around the country, offering resources and building collaborations between immigrant/refugee communities, artists from those communities, immigrant service workers, arts organizations, and other community groups. On the first day of the workshop these leading Public Folklorists presented their work and led a discussion with current students.  During the second day of their stay in Bowling Green, Laura Marcus Green and Amy Skillman led a community workshop at The WKU ALIVE Center offering cultural workers and social workers a hands-on opportunity to brainstorm together and plan activities or initiatives to embrace newcomer arts in the local area.  For more information visit the 2012 Collins-Bramham Workshop event page.


 3rd Annual Workshop


Taki Telonidis during a discussion at the workshop.  

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.


2nd Annual Workshop

kurt  marsha

Kurt and Marsha (photos from their bios)

At the second annual workshop, the guests of honor were Marsha MacDowell and Kurt Dewhurst.  They staryed for three days and talked to various graduate classes and at a pizza lunch about their careers and various projects.  


American Folklore Society Meeting


Some of the WKU attendees of the 2011 AFS meeting after the last paper of the meeting was given.  Top row: Jessi, Barbara, Hope, Amber, Caitlin, Savannah, and Jennifer.  Bottom row: Katie, Dr. Brady, and Becca.  



Grad students Sarah, Kasey, Alexia (graduated), and Rebekah at AFS in 2010 in Nashville, TN.  

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