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Academic and Public Sector Folklore
in New York State: Increasing Communication and Collaboration

A New York Folklore Society Forum

Clausen Farms, Sharon Springs, NY
June 29, 2008

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Academic and Public Sector Folklore in New York State: Increasing Communication and Collaboration
  • Sunday, June 29, 2008
    1:00 - 5:00 p.m., dinner in the neighborhood
    Clausen Farms Inn, 106 Clausen Ridge Drive (Route 20), Sharon Springs, NY
    Take NYFS Thruway to Canojoharie exit to Route 10 South, or Amtrak train to Amsterdam.
    Clausen Farms Inn Reservations (Sunday night only): 518-284-2527
    American Hotel Reservations (Saturday or Sunday night, ask for NYS rate): 518/284-2105
    More accommodations options at Visitors Info at www.sharonspringschamber.com
    Admission: Free (donations welcome).
    One year of New York Folklore Society Membership available at a special discounted rate for a $25 donation at the door.

The New York Folklore Society held a very successful and important Forum designed to bring academic and public sector folklorists together for active dialogue in two topic areas related to the future of the field: a) increasing public sector/academic collaboration and b) strengthening/re-establishing folklore’s academic foundation in New York State. We envisioned this Forum as the beginning of a discussion, with working sessions that allow us to generate resolutions toward shared action. Organized with the assistance of Eileen Condon, the forum was an assembling of individuals interested in raising the profile of the field of folklore and giving support to university-based folklore programs. The forum resulted in a plan of action.

Leading folklorists working in academe and the public sector in New York offered mini-presentations to kick off each working session, offering constructive insights and preliminary suggestions for action in these areas. Invited speakers included:

Faye McMahon (Syracuse)
Libby Tucker (University at Binghamton)
Lydia Fish (Buffalo State)
Varick Chittenden (TAUNY, retired SUNY at Canton)
Robert Baron (NYSCA)

Lydia Fish is instituting a wiki to keep the project moving. In attendance was also Grace Nono, a visiting traditional musician and scholar from the Philippines.

This NYFS Folk Arts Forum “Academic and Public Sector Folklore in New York State: Increasing Communication and Collaboration” is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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