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    The Folklore Behind Ecology, or Why Scientists in Ecology Need Help from Folklorists
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2006-04-05
    Our laws, policies and the fundamental scientific ideas about nature derive from ancient myths and modern folklore. We "save" endangered species and manage our natural resources based on beliefs about a balance of nature that never existed and is continually disproved by scientific observations, but strangely still forms much of the basis of the science of ecology. In his Benjamin Botkin Lecture sponsored by...
    • Contributor: Botkin, Daniel - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2006-04-05
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    La Quinceanera: A Coming of Age Ritual in Latino Communities
    Coming of age ritual in Latino communities | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2006-11-08
    Norma Cantu, professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio, presented this talk as part of the Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. The Quinceanera, the traditional coming-of-age celebration for Latinas, is an an elegant party on the girl's 15th birthday, highlighting God, family, friends, music, food and dance. Many questions emerge as one looks at this...
    • Contributor: Cantu, Norma E. - CantĂș, Norma E. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2006-11-08
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    A Conversation with Stetson Kennedy
    Stetson Kennedy, his life and work as Florida folklorist, social activist and author | Conversation with Stetson Kennedy | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2005-05-24
    Pioneering folklorist, social activist and writer Stetson Kennedy, of Jacksonville, Fla., discussed his long and wide-ranging career and explored the theme of "Building Democracy in America" in a lecture presented by the American Folklife Center as part of its Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series. The event was co-sponsored by Holland & Knight LLP. The program was introduced by Peggy Bulger, director of the American...
    • Contributor: Kennedy, Stetson - Bulger, Peggy A. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2005-05-24
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    Afghan Women's Stories: the Problematics of Cover
    Afghan women's stories | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2007-09-19
    Afghan women in burkas have become iconic representations of women's oppression in western media, but this representation is contested in various ways by Afghan women and men. The most common observation by Afghan women activists is that we westerners should get over it, that the burka, hot, uncomfortable and inconvenient as it is, is certainly not their most pressing problem. It has even proved...
    • Contributor: Mills, Margaret - Mills, Margaret Ann - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2007-09-19
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    Folklore's Champion: Ben Botkin
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2007-08-15
    Among Benjamin Botkin's accomplishments, the gathering of slave narratives has received the greatest amount of attention, though not always with his name attached. As folklore editor of the Federal Writers Project, and later head of the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress, Botkin guided the fieldworkers who collected the narratives, amassed and edited the raw materials, and produced 17 bound volumes...
    • Contributor: Abrahams, Roger - Abrahams, Roger D. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2007-08-15
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    Do All Indians Live in Tipis? and Other Compelling Questions for Education
    Do all Indians live in tipis? | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2008-08-05
    Stereotypes, inaccuracies and inappropriate representations of Native Americans continue to abound in American society today. Reflecting on his 20 years of experience working in the field of American Indian education, the Edwin Schupman explores examples, causes and implications of the current state of awareness about Native peoples and issues.
    • Contributor: Schupman, Edwin - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-08-05
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    Force and Violins: What the FBI Had on Folksingers
    What the FBI had on folksingers | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2008-03-19
    Among the sufferings of those pursued during the McCarthy era, the situation of folksingers and folklorists was unique. Suspected by their government, they were hunted by the FBI almost everywhere. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, one can now know the extent of privacy crimes committed against Pete Seeger and other folklorists. For more than 20 years, the FBI and CIA conducted surveillance...
    • Contributor: Dunaway, David - Dunaway, David King - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-03-19
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    Revolutionaries, Nursery Rhymes, and Edison Wax Cylinders: The Remarkable Tale of the Earliest Korean Sound Recordings
    Earliest Korean sound recordings | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2009-01-27
    On July 24, 1896, the pioneering ethnologist Alice Fletcher recorded six wax cylinders documenting the singing of three Koreans who were studying in Washington, D.C. Now housed in the American Folklife Center Archive, these cylinders have proved to be the earliest known recordings of Korean music. As interesting as the recordings themselves, are the extraordinary circumstances surrounding how they came to be made, as...
    • Contributor: Provine, Robert - Provine, Robert C. - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009-01-27
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    We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for Civil Rights in Mississippi
    Kids who fought for civil rights in Mississippi | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2009-05-05
    As an illustrator and journalist, Tracy Sugarman covered the nearly one thousand student volunteers who traveled to the Mississippi Delta to assist black citizens in the South in registering to vote. Two white students and one black student were slain in the struggle, many were beaten and hundreds arrested, and churches and homes were burned to the ground by the opponents of equality. Yet...
    • Contributor: Sugarman, Tracy - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009-05-05
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    Documenting Katrina and Rita in Houston
    Documenting Katrina and Rita in Houston | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2009-08-13
    Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston is the first large-scale project, anywhere, in which the survivors of a major disaster have taken the lead in documenting it. The project's goal is to voice, as intimately as possible, the experiences and reflections of those displaced to Houston by the two major hurricanes that pounded the Gulf Coast in August and September of 2005. The heart...
    • Contributor: Lindahl, Carl - Jasper, Pat - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston (Project)
    • Date: 2009-08-13
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    Hear, O Israel: Yiddish-American Radio 1925-1955
    Yiddish-American radio | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2009-10-14
    While all other aspects of Yiddish culture existed wherever Ashkenazic Jews lived, it was only in America that radio realized its greatest and most fulfilling use by and for Jews. Yiddish scholar Henry Sapoznik discusses and shares some of the most memorable and powerful moments in this nearly lost world of ethnic American broadcasting. By exploring amazingly broad category of Yiddish radio shows --...
    • Contributor: Sapoznik, Henry - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2009-10-14
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    Folklore and Seeing: Photographs from Cummins Prison
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2010-03-25
    In two separate decisions in 1969 and 1970, Holt v. Sarver I and II, U.S. District Judge J. Smith Henley declared the Arkansas prison system unconstitutional on the grounds that it was cruel and unusual punishment. This was the first time a state's prison system had been declared illegal, and the first time that a Federal judge ordered a state to radically change the...
    • Contributor: Jackson, Bruce - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-03-25
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    Seeing Mary: Belief, Politics, and Practice at Marian Apparition Sites
    Belief, politics, and practice at Marian apparition sites | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2008-06-03
    What happens in a community after a Catholic claims to see and hear Mary, the Blessed Mother? Always a challenging situation, the claims are contested while individuals try to discern the credibility of the visionary and the apparition. Those who choose to believe develop devotional practices to honor Mary at the site made sacred through her visit. These devotions are both ancient and emergent,...
    • Contributor: Pryor, Anne - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008-06-03
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    Rich Remsberg: Hard Luck Blues: Roots Music from the Great Depression
    Hard luck blues | American Folklife Center lecture, 2010-06-02
    Showcasing American music and music making during the Great Depression, "Hard Luck Blues" presents more than 200 photographs created by the New Deal's Farm Security Administration photography program. With an appreciation for the amateur and the local, FSA photographers depicted a range of musicians sharing the regular music of everyday life, from informal songs in migrant work camps, farmers' homes, barn dances, and on...
    • Contributor: Remsberg, Rich - Library of Congress. Center for the Book - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-06-02
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    David Warren Steel: Makers of the Sacred Harp
    Makers of the Sacred Harp | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2010-10-21
    David Warren Steel discusses his new book, "The Makers of the Sacred Harp," newly published by the University of Illinois Press.
    • Contributor: Steel, David Warren - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-10-21
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    Cultural Democracy in a Time of Diminished Resources
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2010-07-22.
    Simply stated, "Cultural Democracy" is the notion that everybody's heritage and cultural expression is worthwhile and deserving of an equitable share of whatever resources are available. In recent years, Cultural Democracy has also gained traction as a descriptor for the whole realm of participatory, community-centered arts activities, practiced by millions of Americans everyday in their homes, backyards, public parks, places of worship, schools --...
    • Contributor: Graves, James Bau - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-07-22
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    Place and the Politics of Belonging
    Place and the politics of belonging | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2010-08-12
    One of America's greatest ironies is that, although a nation of immigrants, the country also has a longstanding history of ambivalence, and at times hostility, toward its newest arrivals. In the last decade, the increased number of immigrants living in new destinations, those settlements located outside the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, has coincided with an upsurge in local anti-immigrant sentiment.
    • Contributor: Shutika, Debra Lattanzi - Lattanzi Shutika, Debra - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2010-08-12
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    Making a Way Out of No Way: Martin Luther King's Use of Proverbs for Civil Rights
    Martin Luther King's use of proverbs for civil rights | King's use of proverbs for civil rights | Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2011-02-10
    For more than ten years Wolfgang Mieder has made the study of proverbs in political discourse one of his major research areas, particularly the role of proverbs at critical moments in American history. In this lecture he discusses his research for his most recent book, "Making a Way Out of No Way: Martin Luther King's Sermonic Proverbial Rhetoric" (2010). In barely 40 years of...
    • Contributor: Mieder , Wolfgang - Mieder, Wolfgang
    • Date: 2011-02-10
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    Dog Tags: History, Stories & Folklore of Military Identification
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2012-01-26
    The 100th anniversary of the official use of American personal identity tags, affectionately known as "dog tags," recently passed without fanfare. Dog tags are highly personal items to warriors of every service and to their families as well. Each dog tag carries its own human-interest story. The acts of receiving the dog tag, hanging it around the neck, and feeling it against the body...
    • Contributor: Cucolo, Ginger
    • Date: 2012-01-26
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    Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2011-08-10
    Russell Frank defines newslore as folklore that comments on, and is therefore indecipherable without knowledge of, current events. Newslore takes multiple forms: jokes; urban legends; digitally altered photographs; mock news stories, press releases or interoffice memoranda; parodies of songs, poems, political and commercial advertisements and movie previews and posters; still or animated cartoons and short live-action films. Such material, he argues in his new...
    • Contributor: Frank, Russell
    • Date: 2011-08-10
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    Reflections on Memory & History: Collecting New Oral Histories of the Civil Rights Movement
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | Civil rights: reflections on memory & history | American Folklife Center lecture, 2012-04-12
    A half-century on, what remains to be learned of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement? Plenty, it turns out. Last year historian Joe Mosnier, together with videographer John Bishop, journeyed to twenty states to interview fifty individuals who, most as teenagers or young adults, gave themselves over to the civil rights struggle. This testimony -- urgent and immediate, but also refracted by memory and time...
    • Contributor: Mosnier, Joe - Mosnier, Joseph
    • Date: 2012-04-12
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    Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2012-07-12
    Polka, zydeco, and "Lady of Spain": If this is your idea of the only genres wherein the accordion flourishes, prepare to be enlightened by the history of this robust instrument's odyssey across the American musical landscape and its dramatic rise, fall, and rise again in 20th century popular culture.
    • Contributor: Jacobson, Marion - Jacobson, Marion S.
    • Date: 2012-07-12
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    Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2012-08-09
    Simon J. Bronner interprets the uses of play and ritual for students in different eras to work through tough issues of their age and environment. More broadly, campus traditions are shown to function centrally in the development of American culture.
    • Contributor: Bronner, Simon J.
    • Date: 2012-08-09
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    Passing for Traditional: The New Lost City Ramblers and Folk Music Authenticity
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2011-09-09
    The New Lost City Ramblers were pioneers in the old-time music revival that paralleled the great folk music boom of the 1960s. Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley (later replaced by Tracy Schwarz) were city-born and suburban-bred folk musicians who specialized in recreating the sounds of rural southern stringband and early bluegrass music at a time when the folk music scene was dominated...
    • Contributor: Allen, Ray - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2011-09-08
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    Woodie Guthrie: My Father, My Partner
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | Woody Guthrie : father & partner | American Folklife Center lecture, 2012-03-29
    Nora Guthrie recounted her early recollections of family life (which include family gatherings and hootenannies with musicians close to the family), her father Woody's hospitalization with Huntington's Disease, her recognition of her father's growing mythology among artists in the 1960s folk music revival, and the gradual transition of her relationship with her father into one of professional partnership.
    • Contributor: Guthrie, Nora
    • Date: 2012-03-29
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    Archie Green: The Making of a Working-Class Hero
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2012-05-01
    This talk explores the relationship between folklorist Archie Green's formative political experiences at home, at school, and at work during the "Age of the CIO" and his subsequent development of "laborlore" as a public-oriented interdisciplinary field.
    • Contributor: Burns, Sean
    • Date: 2012-05-01
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    I Feel So Good: The Life & Times of Big Bill Broonzy
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2012-11-16
    A major figure in American blues and folk music, Big Bill Broonzy (1903-1958) left his Arkansas Delta home after World War I, headed north, and became the leading Chicago bluesman of the 1930s. His success came as he fused traditional rural blues with the electrified sound that was beginning to emerge in Chicago. This, however, was just one step in his remarkable journey: Big...
    • Contributor: Riesman, Bob - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2012-11-16
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    The Will to Adorn: Reflections on African American Identity and the Aesthetics of Dress
    Benjamin Botkin folklife lecture | American Folklife Center lecture, 2013-01-30
    Diana N'Diaye shares stories, observations, and insights from "The Will to Adorn," a community-centered research and public presentation project, which explores and examines the diversity of African American cultural identities as expressed through traditional arts of the body, dress, and adornment.
    • Contributor: N'diaye, Diana - N'diaye, Diana Baird - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2013-01-30