Archive for October, 2010

The next FESA brown-bag-with-a-professor will be this Thursday, October 28, 11:45 a.m. in 510 N. Fess (little brick house just north of the main office at 504 N. Fess). This week we’ll get to meet the newest member of the FOLK/ETHNO faculty, Diane Goldstein, who will be teaching an exciting course next semester on the supernatural! Come find out how she entered the field and became interested in this fascinating subject.

Here’s some background on Dr. Goldstein: Dr. Diane Goldstein’s areas of specialty include belief studies, folk medicine, folk religion, supernatural traditions, applied folklore, the ethnography of speaking, and narrative. She is the author of a number of articles on religious events and speech, narratives of supernatural experience, and educational applications of folklore. She is co-author of Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore (with Sylvia Grider and Jeannie Banks Thomas, Utah State University Press, 2007) and author of Once Upon a Virus: AIDS Legends and Vernacular Risk Perception (Utah State University Press, 2004), co-editor (with Cindy Patton and Heather Worth) of a special issue of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, entitled “Reckless Vectors: The Infecting ‘Other’ in HIV/AIDS Law” (2005) and editor of one of the earliest interdisciplinary anthologies on AIDS, entitled Talking AIDS: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (ISER Books, 1991). Diane has been extensively invovled in health priority-setting and policy-making initiatives over the last twenty years, including a three-year appointment to the Canadian national Planning and Priorities Forum for HIV/AIDS. Diane is currently President of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, member of the Executive board of the American Folklore Society, and serves, or has served, on the editorial boards of the Journal of American Folklore, Folklore , Ethnologies, Contemporary Legend, Electronic Journal of Folklore and the Journal of Applied Folklore.

See you there!

Dr. Goldstein


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On behalf of the Folklore and Ethnomusicology Students Association (FESA), I write to inform you that we would like to host the Second Annual Storytelling Jam next month, on Friday, November 12 from 7pm to 9pm at 800 N. Indiana.  In case you missed it last year or don’t remember how it went, the idea is that any folklorist or ethnomusicologist who wants to be involved simply has to prepare a legend, tall tale, myth, folktale, or any kind oral narrative to tell to an audience of story enthusiasts.  This event was a fun chance for people to tell their favorite tale and to hear others do the same, and I hope that it will be that way this year as well.  We would love for anyone who is interested to be involved.
Please let me know by email if you are interested in participating, and what kind of story you would like to tell. The story should be in the area of ten to fifteen minutes long. You can contact me at kihutchi@umail.iu.edu.
Kip Hutchins

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