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Benjamin A. Botkin head and shoulders portrait
Folklorist Benjamin A. Botkin, 1926. Photo courtesy of the Botkin family.
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Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series

Through the Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series, the American Folklife Center (AFC) presents distinguished experts speaking about their research and current issues and best practices in folklore, folklife, ethnomusicology, and related fields. Lectures are recorded for the AFC archive and posted on the Library's website. (See below for list of speakers and topics.) The series honors Benjamin A. Botkin (1901-1975), a pioneering folklorist who headed the Library's Archive of American Folksong from 1942-1945.


2015 Botkin Lectures

February 25, 2015
12 noon to 1 PM
Whitthall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building

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David Broza and Mira Awad
David Broza and Mira Awad
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Open Mic: with David Broza and Mira Awad, presented in cooperation with the Hebrew Language Table at the Library of Congress and Washington Jewish Film Festival.

Join acclaimed Israeli singer/songwriter and activist David Broza and his special guest, Israeli Palestinian singer, actress and songwriter Mira Awad for a conversation about music, art, life and their new film East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem. More than a singer/songwriter, Broza is well known for his commitment to using music to further humanitarian causes. The program will be conducted as a public "Open Mic" interview for the American Folklife Center archive. Presented in cooperation with the Hebrew Language Table at the Library of Congress and Washington Jewish Film Festival.


March 11, 2015
12 noon to 1 PM
Whitthall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building

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Nathan Salsburg
Nathan Salsburg
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"Listen to Our Story": Alan Lomax, Folk Producer / Folk Promoter, presented by Nathan Salsburg, Association for Cultural Equity.

Alan Lomax is known primarily as a folklorist and a documentarian, terms that suggest that his work was largely in service of the preservation of traditional and vernacular culture. Salsburg, curator of the Alan Lomax Archive at the Association for Cultural Equity in New York, discusses a different aspect of Lomax's career, tracing his many years publishing and presenting folk music through a variety of media—from records to radio to television—and argues that his technological and curatorial savvy were key to the success of his activist mission of "cultural equity." 

Botkin Lecture Series Past Events Archive

Includes descriptions of each lecture, photos, and informational essays from the event flyers. Links to webcasts of lectures are included as available.

2014 Lecture Series

2013 Lecture Series

2012 Lecture Series

2011 Lecture Series

2010 Lecture Series

2009 Lecture Series

2008 Lecture Series

2007 Lecture Series

2006 Lecture Series

2005 Lecture Series

2004 Lecture Series

 

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