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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.


2018 Botkin Lectures

American Folklife Center Summer Music Jam (Irish)

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Three men, each holding an instrument: a violin, an accordion, and an Irish drum (bodhrán)
Michael Winch, Terence Winch, and Jesse Winch.
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July 28, 2018, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Veterans History Project Information & Welcome Center (LJ-G51)
Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress

The American Folklife Center is hosting a series of informal jams to celebrate our living folk traditions, and to bring to life the collections from our vast ethnographic archive. All sessions will include a short tour of the resources available to musicians in the Center's Folklife Reading Room. So grab your fiddles, whistles, accordions, or whatever other instruments you play and come on over to the Library of Congress for the second jam, dedicated to Irish music. The session will be led by the Winch family, brothers Jesse (bouzouki and bodhrán) and Terence (accordion), founders of the celebrated Irish band Celtic Thunder, and Terence's son Michael, a member of the Bog Band and a composer of theater scores. The jam will feature well known Irish session standards as well as tunes mined from the American Folklife Center Archive.  

American Folklife Center Summer Music Jam and Mini-Concert (Ballads)

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Bobby McMillon
Bobby McMillon
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August 10, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building

The American Folklife Center is hosting a series of informal jams to celebrate our living folk traditions, and to bring to life the collections from our vast ethnographic archive. The third in this series will be a ballad sing. The first part of this event will feature a mini-concert by the famed North Carolina traditional singers Rick Ward and Bobby McMillon. Then we’ll go around the room and everyone can sing their favorite ballad.


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Rick Ward
Rick Ward
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Rick Ward, of the well known Ward family of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, continues his long-established family musical and instrument-building traditions. Ballad singer and storyteller Bobby McMillon of Burnsville, North Carolina, is a North Carolina Folk Heritage Award recipient and has appeared at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the A.P. Carter Memorial Festival.

 

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.

2018 Lecture Series

2017 Lecture Series

2016 Lecture Series

2015 Lecture Series

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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