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Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series Online Archive
All of the materials from the Botkin Lectures are available to visitors
in the Folklife Reading Room. Selected materials will be made available
online as digital versions are available and as permissions from the authors
can be obtained. Select on the year of the lectures or speaker's names
to read the full descriptions and to access any additional materials that
online. For the current schedule of the Botkin Lecture Series, go to the What's Happening at the American Folklife Center page.
Women’s Stories: The Problematics of Cover" presented by Margaret Mills, Ohio State University. September 19, 2007. (Webcast available).
"Folklore’s Champion: Ben Botkin" presented by Roger D. Abrahams, Hum Rosen Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, at the University of Pennsylvania. August 15, 2007. (Webcast available).
"Quilters' Save Our Stories" presented by Bernard Herman, Professor of American Material Culture Studies and Professor of Art History at the University of Delaware. July 24, 2007.
"Down in the Old Belt: Voices from the Tobacco South," a film screening and lecture by documentary film maker Jim Crawford. July 5, 2007.
SYMPOSIUM: "All through the North, As I Walked Forth...": Northern Ireland's Place Names, Folklife and Landscape with presentations by Edward Redmond, Kay Muhr, and Henry Glassie. May 16, 2007.
Other 2007 AFC Lectures
In 2007 the following lectures were not part of The Botkin Lecture Series. These were associated with the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme 2007. The lecture title link will go directly to the webcast.
North American Influence on a North Irish Folksong Collection, presented by John Moulden. Part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme 2007, May 2, 2007. Time 0:59:23
"There's More that Unites Than Divides Us" Spoken and performed by Gary Hastings and Brian Mullen. Part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme 2007, May 29, 2007. Time 1:29:01
Norma E. Cantú,
Professor of English, University of Texas at San Antonio presented "La
Quinceañera: A Coming of Age Ritual in Latino Communities. Wednesday,
November 8, 2006. (Webcast available)
Frank Korom, Associate Professor of Religion
and Anthropology at Boston University presented "The Changing
Worlds of the Patuas of West Bengal." Wednesday, October
11, 2006. (Webcast available)
Professor of Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland presented "What's
in a Name? AIDS, Vernacular Risk Perception and the Culture of
Ownership" Thursday, October 4, 2006 (Webcast available)
David Stanley, professor of English at
Westminster College presented "Cowboy
Poetry: History, Origins, Influences, Forms." Thursday,
September 14, 2006. (Webcast available)
Margaret Mills, Professor, Ohio State University
Dept of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Center for Folklore Studies; and,
Kenneth Bilby, Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution Dept
of Anthropology: A
Special Presentation: "Politics
and Poetics: Fieldwork in Afghanistan and Jamaica." August
3, 2006. (Webcast available)
Matthew Barton, Motion Picture, Broadcasting,
and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress, presented "Not
the Same Old (Folk) Song and Dance: Field Recordings in the European
Communities of the United
States" July 27, 2006. (Webcast available)
Linda Goss, Professional storyteller, Artist-In-Residence
at the Rosenbach Museum, and a featured artist in Philadelphia Folklore
Local Knowledge project, presented "Waking
up the People." June 29, 2006. (Webcast available)
Dr. Bryan Bachner, Assistant Director
of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress and chief of the Eastern
Law Division, presented "Facing
the Music: Traditional Culture and Copyright." May 31, 2005.
Dr. Daniel B. Botkin, Professor Emeritus,
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California,
Santa Barbara, presented "The Folklore
Behind Ecology, or Why Scientists in Ecology Need Help from Folklorists." April
M. Davis, a New-York based writer and former researcher in
the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch discussed her book, Song & Silence,
in which she reveals how Tai Lües are reviving and reinventing their
culture in ways that contest the official state version. December 13, 2005.
Malkhaz Erkvanidze Ethnomusicologist,
scholar and performer on collecting traditional
sacred and secular music in the Republic of Georgia. Members of the
Anchiskhati Choir assisted him with performance of material he and
the members of his ensemble have collected. November 17, 2005. (Webcast
Frank Delaney author
of the New York
Times bestseller Ireland:
A Novel Presented "The
Beautiful Bridge: Crossing The Span Between Oral Tradition and the Written
Creative Word." Scott Simon, NPR's Peabody-Award-winning
correspondent and host of Weekend
Edition Saturday introduced the speaker. October 11, 2005.
Ethnomusicologist Kip Lornell discussed
the book he coauthored with Charles C. Stephenson Jr.
Beat: Go-Go's Fusion of Funk and Hip-Hop. September 28, 2005.
Stephen D. Winick,
Ph.D., of the American Folklife Center presented "Tales of the Jersey
an Illustrated Lecture. August 23, 2005.
Dr. Alexandra Swaney of the Montana
Arts Council presented "Bridles,
Bits and Beads: Folk and Fieldwork from the High, Wide and Handsome State
of Montana"-- an illustrated lecture. July 21, 2005.
Jane Beck, Folklorist and Executive
Director of the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, Vermont presented "From
Virginia to Vermont: a Trek from Slavery to Freedom" -- an audio
illustrated lecture. June 23, 2005.
Kennedy, now 89, talked about his life and work in conversation with
Peggy Bulger, Director of the American Folklife Center. May 24, 2005. (Webcast
Prof. Timothy Rice, ethnomusicologist,
UCLA "Music in Bulgaria: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture," an
illustrated lecture. March 23, 2005.
photographer, agent, manager, and promoter of traditional Blues artists
Midnight and Day" -- an illustrated lecture. February 23, 2005.
folklorist at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Tatiana Irvine, independent
radio producer, and Elanie Eff, folklorist
at the Maryland Historical Trust present "From
Bridge to Boardwalk, an Audio Journey Across Maryland's Eastern Shore" an
Illustrated Lecture based on the CD and Book. October 21, 2004.
Gilespie, Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey,
presents "The Lore of America's Coal Miners: A Fresh Look at the
George Korson Collection." September 20, 2004.
Margaret Kruesi, American Folklife Center presents "From
Patent Medicines to Patents for Indigenous Knowledge -- Material and
Spiritual Economies" -- an illustrated lecture. August 31, 2004
Maria Carmen RA.
Director Folk and Traditional Arts Program, Idaho Commission on the Arts
presents "Basque Culture in the Western United States" --
an illustrated lecture. July 16, 2004
Professor of Slavic Languges, Lituratures, and Folklore at the
University of Virginia presents "Ivan Kupalo: Ritual
in Post-Soviet Ukraine" -- an Illustrated Lecture. June 16,
Ethnomusicologist, American Folklife Center. "Eight Sounds
of Chinese Music" lecture illustrated with sounds and images
of Chinese intstruments from 2100 BCE to the present. May 25, 2004.
Bart Plantenga, "Yodel-Ay-Ee-Ooo:
The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World"-- a lecture based
on his recent book. Featuring yodelers
Randy Irwin and Cathy Fink. April 27, 2004.
Illana Harlow, "Giving
a Voice to Sorrow: Creative Responses to Death" an
illustrated lecture presented by Illana Harlow of the American Folklife
Center. March 23, 2004.
the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories" presented by John Barton,
American Folklife Center
Artist and professer emeritus of the Bejing Central Academy of Fine Arts
presents "Chinese Folk Art Today" -- an
illustrated lecture. January 22, 2004.
Additional Lectures 0nline from 2005 and Earlier:
Journies and Crossings:
2005 Lecture Online: "Bringing
in the May" by Jennifer Cutting, May, 1, 2005. This Web
cast was created as part of the Library's Journeys
and Crossings Series.
Jennifer Cutting describes and displays some of the folk traditions surrounding
May Day (May 1) in Britain and the United States. 16 minutes.
2004 Lecture Online: "Pearl
Harbor Oral Histories" by
Ann Hoog, June 8, 2004. This Web
cast was created as part of the Library's Journeys
and Crossings Series. Ann Hoog discusses After the Day of Infamy:
'Man-on-the-Street' Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor. 8 minutes.
Witness and Response:
2001 Lecture Online: Ann
Hoog discusses the September 11, 2001 Documentary Project.
Forms part of the Witness
and Response, September 11, 2001 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress
Library of Congress online exhibition. The video is presented on the
American Folklife Center's section of the exhibit found at Witness
and Response, September 11, 2001: American Folklife Center along
with recordings of narratives, photographs of spontaneous memorials,
and artwork by children related to the first weeks after September 11,