Thursday, October 13, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Sponsored by the AFS Local Planning Committee
Chair: Kimberly Marshall (University of Oklahoma)
Sean Latham (University of Tulsa)
Sarah Milligan (Oklahoma State University)
Mark Y. Miyake (Fairhaven College, Western Washington University)
Cullen B. Strawn (Old Dominion University)
How do academic and university-based humanities programs contribute to the public humanities infrastructure in the state? What is their role relative to state/city humanities and arts councils, museums, and nonprofit organizations in promoting the critical thinking, diversity, empathy, and creativity of the humanities to the public? And to the extent that humanities centers in academic institutions have begun to think about the humanities beyond the ”old masters” model, what role have folklorists begun to play in driving the priorities of these academic centers. Using Oklahoma as a model, but also engaging with folklorists at academic humanities centers across the nation, this roundtable will discuss how academic humanities centers can reach their goals better by drawing upon folklore training and priorities. We will also argue why folklorists are ideally positioned to contribute to the public humanities ecosystem through academic humanities centers.