Saturday, Oct. 15

08-10 Social Reform, Heritage, or Leisure? Considering North American Folk Schools Past and Present

Saturday, October 15, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
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Sponsored by the Folk Arts and Material Culture Section


Chair: Kelley Totten (Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador)

Forum participants:

Roshni Caputo-Nimbark (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Meaghan Collins (Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador)

Devon Lee (Lakehead University)

Examining the historical connections between U.S. and Canadian folk school initiatives, this round table will discuss a current surge of engagement in the Danish folk school movement as part of a trajectory spanning over a hundred years of progressive initiatives in community-based education and social reform. What can folk school histories reveal to us about today’s iterations? How does traditional knowledge circulate and get re-inscribed? What tensions arise out of these predominantly affluent white spaces between progressive ideals and actualized social change? Is it summer camp for adults or is it the resistance?