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Voices of Belief: Folklore & the Sacred Arts

Cunneen Hackett Arts Center
Poughkeepsie, New York
November 2–4, 2007


CONFERENCES & SYMPOSIA:    2007 New York Folklore Society Annual Conference

New York Field Trip 2007:  Voices of Belief-Folklore and the Sacred Arts, November 2-4, 2007, in Poughkeepsie, NY


Friday, November 2, 2007

3:30- 6:30 p.m. EDUCATORS’ WORKSHOP: Religious Pluralism and Its Role in Classroom Learning
Workshop Participants: Dr. Eileen Condon, Jean Crandall, Rathi Raja, and Muriel Horowitz
Call 518/346-7008 for additional registration information
Location: Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie, Reception/Exhibit Room of the Auditorium
In the United States, immigration over the last forty years has had a profound effect on education, as students from diverse backgrounds encounter each other on the playground and in the classroom. One result of this expanding diversity is a correlating expansion of religious pluralism, as our multi-religious society becomes increasingly complex. The New York Folklore Society invites K-12 classroom teachers to gain teaching skills and information on religious diversity to facilitate a dialogue between cultures. This three-hour workshop for educatorshas two goals: To provide tools and curriculum tie-ins for New York State’s Social Studies curricula and to examine the role that belief plays when working within a diverse classroom.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Conference Registration
Location: Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie

7:00 p.m. Opening Reception
Food and Presentation of altars by the Guadalupe Association (Day of the Dead), and Hindu Samaj Temple (Diwali)
Location: Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie

7:30 p.m. “Ancient Wisdom, Sacred Hands”
A slide presentation on Hindu Sacred Arts by Rathi Raja, Executive Director of Young Indian Culture Group, Manhasset, NY
Location: Reception/Exhibit room of auditorium, 9 Vasser Street, Poughkeepsie

8:00 p.m. KEYNOTE: “Staccato Incandescence: Towards a History of Mambo”
Dr. Robert Farris Thompson
Location: Auditorium, Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie

9:00 - 10:00 p.m. For your enjoyment: Latin Dance Party with Soñando
Location: Auditorium, Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

Saturday, November 3, 2007
All events will be in the auditorium of the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie, NY.

8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Annual Meeting of the New York Folklore Society
Location: Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

9:30 a.m. Welcome: Sherre Wesley
Kuchipudi Sacred Dance Performance

Kantham Chatlapalli
Location: Auditorium, Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Social Justice and the Sacred Arts
Dr. Eileen Condon, Moderator
Participants: Representatives of the Mid-Hudson Buddhist Monastery; Sister Adriana Almaguer, OLC of the Centro Catolico Hispano, Newburgh; Aziz Ahsan, Esq., of the Islamic Association

11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
NYFS Board Meeting and Lunch. Meeting location: Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sacred Song
Dr. Tom Van Buren, Moderator
Participants: Dr. Ivor Miller and Roman Díaz, Cuban/Yoruba Abakuá tradition; Ray Watkins, “Spirit of Unity” Gospel Choir; Preetha Nateson, Hindu Samaj Temple, Carnatic Song; and Sruli Dresdner, Lisa Mayer, and Michael Alpert, the Jewish Singing Table tradition

3:45 - 5:30 p.m. A Tribute to John Mohawk
Dr. Kevin White, Iroquois Corn Project, Moderator
Participants: Tom Porter, Haudenosaunee Spiritual Leader, and members of “Kontiwennenhá:wi: Carriers of the Words,” a Mohawk Women’s singing group

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner on your own

7:30 p.m. CONCERT at Cunneen Hackett Arts Center Auditorium
La Troupe Makandal, Haitian Voudou music and dance
Kontiwennenhá:wi: Carriers of the Words, a Mohawk Women’s singing group
The Jewish Singing Table by Sruli Dresdner, Lisa Mayer, and special guest Michael Alpert

Sunday, November 4, 2007

11:00 a.m. Field Trip to Hindu Samaj Temple
Meet in the parking lot of the Cunneen-Hacket Arts Center

2:00 p.m. Interfaith Story Circle
Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Story Circle of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Second Baptist Church, Pastor-Rev. Robert Bruce
The Second Baptist Church at the corner of Mill Street and Vassar Street.

“Wisdom Tales”
Story sharing by all participants is encouraged.

The New York Folklore Society and its programs are funded by the
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts

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Additional funding for this conference provided by the Theatre Development Fund and
the New York Council for the Humanities.

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