Saturday, Oct. 15

09-05 Talking the Nonprofit Turn: A Conversation with the Founders of Texas Folklife Resources

Saturday, October 15, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Promenade C

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the American Folklore Society


Chair: Clifford Murphy (National Endowment for the Arts) and Jane C Beck (, emerita)

Forum participants:

Pat Jasper (Independent Public Folklorist)

Betsy Peterson ()

Kay Turner (New York University, retired)

This forum is a conversation with the founders of Texas Folklife Resources—Pat Jasper, Betsy Peterson, and Kay Turner—in the wild and wooly days of public folklore in the 1980s. A groundbreaking, women-led nonprofit, TFR (now Texas Folklife) built an impactful and lasting institution rooted in fieldwork and community collaboration. Join Cliff Murphy (National Endowment for the Arts) and Jane Beck (founder, Vermont Folklife Center) for a discussion with the visionary co-founders of Texas Folklife Resources.