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There are many ways to connect with our department and our programs in Folk Studies and Anthropology. Learn about our events, student organizations, and ways to stay connected through social media. 

Listed here are our annual events. Check our departmental calendar for other upcoming events.

Brown Bag Lecture Series - This monthly series provides a venue for departmental faculty, staff, and students to give informal presentations of new research, work in progress, and applied projects. The goal is to create a forum to share ideas, learn about one another's scholarship and community engagement, and work through relevant problems. All presentations are BYOL (bring your own lunch) and are open to the campus and public with Zoom options available.

Collins-Bramham Public Folklore Workshop - An annual workshop series sponsored by retired Folk Studies Professor Camilla Collins and Dr. Jane Bramham, this event brings a Public Folklorist to campus to provide a workshop and learning activities for Folk Studies students. Past guests have included Jon Kay, Andrea Graham, Clifford Murphy, Tom Rankin, Paddy Bowman, Simon Lichman and Rivanna Miller, Bill Ivey and Tim Lloyd, Laura Marcus Green and Amy Skillman, Taki Telonidis, and Marsha MacDowell and Kurt Dewhurst.

Dr. Lindsay Powell Memorial Anthropology Conference - Anthropology students present original research in a conference that is open to the public. Dr. Lindsay Powell was a devoted and inspiring anthropology professor. After his untimely death in 2014, students asked that the annual anthropology student conference be renamed in his honor. The 2023 conference in November featured papers by six students on gamer communities, professional wrestlers, local garage bands, and archaeological scraper tool analysis.

Pioneer Cabin Concerts- The department regularly partners with the Kentucky Folklife Program and other campus partners to present music concerts in the Pioneer Log Cabin. Keep an eye on the department's calendar for latest information on upcoming concerts.

Pioneer Log Cabin Jam - The Kentucky Folklife Program hosts a monthly old-time jam during months falling within the academic school year. All levels are welcome. Information for each month’s event can be found by visiting the Kentucky Folklife Program's website

Anthropology Club - An organization for students majoring, minoring, or interested in the field of anthropology. Active membership in the organization is established through regular attendance at biweekly meetings and participation in club activities. The Anthropology Club is run by four officers, whose positions are filled annually, and the faculty advisor is Dr. Darlene Applegate. The goals of the Anthropology Club are to promote the discipline of anthropology, increase understanding of the field, provide opportunities for members to learn about anthropology outside the classroom, and develop contacts with the professional community. These goals are accomplished through activities including guest speakers, movie nights, volunteer and community service projects, field trips, and attendance at professional anthropological meetings.

Lambda Alpha - The local chapter of the national anthropology honorary. Membership is open to students who meet certain credit hour and grade point average requirements. The faculty advisor is Dr. Kate Hudepohl. One of the many benefits of joining Lambda Alpha is scholarship opportunities. The national organization acknowledges the academic achievements of its members by sponsoring annual scholarships, which several WKU students have won. 

Folklore Club - A chance for undergraduate students to get together outside of class with other students who are interested in folklore and culture. Past club activities have included legend-tripping, Halloween parties, foodways nights, movies and games, and guest speakers on topics related to folklore. Club members also participate in community contests and activities. You don't need to be a Folklore Minor to be a member of the Folklore Club, though of course you can be!


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