Virtual ProgramWednesday, October 20

31-01 Folklore in the United States and Canada: An Institutional History—A Conversation with the Authors

Wednesday, October 20, 9:30 am–11:00 am

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the AFS History and Folklore Section


Chair: Diane E. Goldstein (Indiana University)

Forum participants:

Lynne McNeill (Utah State University)

Jill Terry Rudy (Brigham Young University)

Patricia Sawin (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Laurier Turgeon (Université Laval)

Michael Ann Williams (Western Kentucky University, emeritus)

Rosemary Levy Zumwalt (Agnes Scott College, emerita)

Almost all folklorists in the United States and Canada were educated in one or more of roughly two dozen graduate degree-granting programs in folklore, each of which has a distinctive ethos fostered by the personalities and theoretical commitments of the scholars who taught there and folklore’s contribution to each university’s mission. Join us for a discussion with contributors to the first book to document and compare the histories of the academic folklore programs within which scholars have shaped the field, learned from each other, and passed on the discipline to their students, published in September 2020 by Indiana University Press.