News and Upcoming Events
WKU Student Research Conference, March 2014
The Folk Studies undergraduate and graduates students presented their papers at the WKU Student Research Conference on March 22nd, 2014. Topics included proper museum artwork etiquette, the Gardner House, and the folklore of musicians' jokes. Folk Studies graduate student Jacob Buechler won an award for his paper!
Collins-Bramham Lecture Series, March 2014
Bill Ivey & Tim Lloyd
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.
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, February 2014
Student in the Museum Procedures and Preservation Techniques class recently visited the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville. WKU alumni and Coordinator of Educational Programming and Community Outreach, Sarah McCartt-Jackson spoke with the students about the museum and her job there.
American Folklore Society Meeting, October 2013
This year's American Folklore Society Meeting was held in Providence, Rhode Island. Several Western Kentucky University students presented papers and participated in a number of events.
Ehsan Estiri presents his research.
Students have breakfast with Dr. Dan Ben-Amos
The Kentucky Folklife Program Archive Arrives at The Kentucky Museum
The Kentucky Folklife Program moved to Western Kentucky University earlier this year, and now it is really settling in to stay. During the week of October 29, 2012, the Kentucky Historical Society Archival staff officially moved the Kentucky Folklife Program Archive to the Kentucky Museum. Read WKU's full announcement for more information, or check out the Bowling Green Daily News story.
Photos: Sarah Milligan, Louise Jones, and Heather Stone of the Kentucky Historical Society move the Kentucky Folklife Program Archive to the Kentucky Museum.
WKU Alumni Recognized with Awards at AFS 2012 Annual Meeting in New Orleans
Two recent WKU Folk Studies graduates won awards at the American Folklore Society 2012 Annual Meeting: The Continuity and Creativity of Culture.
Matthew Hale won the first annual Bill Ellis Award from the NewFolk Section for his essay, "Air Captains, Pith Helmets, & Other Assorted Brassy Bits: Steampunk Personas and Material-Semiotic Intertextuality," which will be published in New Directions in Folklore. Hale (2010) is now continuing his Folklore studies at Indiana University.
Suzanne Barber's paper "Shaoshon: A Return to Mao, A Return to Home," has been selected as 2012 recipient of the Jonathan T. Yeh Award for Student Scholarship in Asian and Asian American Folklore. Barber (2011) is also continuing her Folklore studies at Indiana University.
Bramham/Collins Lecture Series
Laura Marcus Green & Amy Skillman
September 27 & 28, 2012
Laura Marcus Green and Amy Skillman visited Bowling Green to discuss 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. These leading Public Folklorists presented their work to current students and the larger community. They were not only informative, but also welcomed questions and provided tips for individuals interested in similar projects.