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Conferences & Symposia

The New York Folklore Society, sponsors conferences for folklorists and people interested in folklore from all over the state. Educational lectures and presentations are planned with visits to interesting cultural sites, concerts, or dance parties, and good food and discussion. Won’t you join us?

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CONFERENCES & SYMPOSIA

Past Symposia and Forums

The New York Folklore Society’s Symposia and Folk Arts Forums are held throughout the state to bring people together to explore issues related to folklore and folk arts. The New York Folklore Society reaches out to communities across the state, forging new collaborative partnerships. Topics have included Heritage and Cultural Tourism, Exhibit Design, Preservation and Access of Folklife Materials, Folklore and the Internet, Copyright and Intellectual Property Law for Folklorists, Folklore and Archives, Folklore and Storytelling, Folklore and Local History, Reflections on 50 Years of Folklore in New York State, Folklore and Multiculturalism, Cultural Conservation and Public Policy, and the State of Folklore in New York.

Here are some of our recent events. You can follow the links to learn more about them.

CHECK OUT our Community Programming to learn about other events we’ve held or are scheduling in your community.
  Erie Canal Celebration November 2012
The Erie Canal Celebration in November, 2012, was a symposium focused on the rich musical heritage of the Canal.

Eniko Farkas of Ithaca demonstrates a specific Hungarian embroidery technique to Vera Nakonechny, Ukrainian needleworker and weaver from Philadelphia
At the Embroiderers’ Gathering, “Stitching Tradition,” in November, 2011, Eniko Farkas of Ithaca demonstrates a specific Hungarian embroidery technique to Vera Nakonechny, Ukrainian needleworker and weaver from Philadelphia.

Folk artists Manta
Manta was the featured artist at the Folk Arts in Education Professional Development Workshop for Artists and Teachers in October, 2011.

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At the Folk Arts Forum on Immigrant Issues, in November, 2005, Keynote Speaker was Laura Marcus (Immigrant/Refugee Arts Consultant and Researcher) with Special Guest Discussant Bill Westerman (Director of the Cambodian American Heritage Museum in Chicago).


The New York Folklore Society’s programs are made possible in part with public funds from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.nysca_60px

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