Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

How to Be a Folklorist in the Public Square (and Make People Pay Attention)

Monday, October 18, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the American Folklore Society Media and Public Outreach Committee


Chair: Tom Mould (Butler University)

Wanda G. Addison (National University)
Susan Eleuterio (Goucher College)
Andrea Kitta (East Carolina University)
Debra Lattanzi Shutika (George Mason University)
Lynne McNeill (Utah State University)
Lamont Pearley (Jack Dappa Blues Heritage Preservation Foundation)
Virginia Siegel (Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts, University of Arkansas Libraries)
Tyrie Smith (Independent)
Langston  Collin  Wilkins (Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, Heritage Washington)

This interactive workshop is for all folklorists, whether you are working in universities, in public programming or independently. We’ll work through case studies, real world scenarios, and your questions to help you push the study of folklore into the center of the public square. Workshop leaders include members of the AFS web redesign team, the Media and Public Outreach Committee, and the Cultural Diversity Committee. We encourage you submit questions in advance ([email protected]) or to come with your questions about how to get your research, programs, projects, and ideas into the public eye through a number of new AFS resources including the Find an Expert database, a completely revised Folklore Advocacy Toolkit, and an array of tip sheets on engaging with the media.