03-05 Managing Expectations and Challenging Old Narratives: Administering Public Humanities Programs in Times Like These

Thursday, November 02, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm
Studio Suite

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the New Directions in Folklore Section

Chair: James B. Seaver (Kentucky Historical Society)

Forum participants:

Jeannelle Ramirez (Texas Folklife)

Jared L. Schmidt (Coquille Indian Tribe)

Lydia Warren (Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University)

Christine J. Widmayer (Wisconsin Humanities)

This forum will create a space where public humanities professionals can reflect upon the interventions they make in the communities they serve—and the limitations and challenges involved in doing so. Working within bureaucracies and entrenched systems; navigating insider/outsider dynamics; and dealing with the social, cultural, and political upheaval of recent years all complicate the work of program administration today. Our panelists hope to generate a robust discussion with audience members that will facilitate the sharing of battle-tested strategies and best practices while also fostering cross-country support networks of folklorists employed in diverse public humanities fields.