The Folklore/Ethnomusicology Student Association will present Egghead on April 2 at 7:30 in Myers 130. Egghead is a recent documentary that looks at interviews with gifted individuals such as Noam Chomsky and students who attend schools for the gifted. The everyday lives and learning philosophies of gifted individuals are explored to see what it means to be exceptionally gifted in an everyday world. There will be free snacks.

On a personal note, I’m super excited. Be there.

-Emily Ridout


I have always had a soft spot for the museum…*sigh* I remember when I was just a wee child the excitement that would well up inside of me as I would walk hand in hand with my mother into the cool dark air conditioned paradise that was the natural history museum. 

During my time here at IU at the folklore department, my love of museums has been rekindled…my first visit to the Mather’s Museum of World Culture (with my mom of course) was just as inspiring as it was when I was a kid. However this time I wanted more…and it was something that couldn’t be obtained at the gift shop. I started poking around the museum more frequently and discovered that I could not only have more of the museum to myself…but I could get class credit for it! Yes! The answer was a practicum at the Mather’s Museum! Not only did I get to see the collection first hand-but I also got see parts of the collection not available to the general public up close, I was able to clean objects and work with museum professionals. 

So now…I am addicted. This is the best way to see the museum. Hands down. You will not only learn more about museums then you could have ever imagined but you will become a part of the museum itself and the history it has to tell. If you ever have the opportunity to volunteer/intern/study within the museum setting…DO IT. Trust me…you’ll like it.

-Amanda Hotz

Today I snuck into a Folk &  Ethno graduate class to hear Daniel Sheehy speak. He is the Director and Curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Smithsonian Global Sound, and the Folkways Collections in the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution. I’ve been a huge fan of Smithsonian Folkways for a while now, so I was so glad to hear him speak! Unfortunately I had to run off to class so I didn’t get the chance to introduce myself to him.  I sent him this email instead:

“Dear Dr. Sheehy,
I wanted to drop you a line simply to say thank you for speaking today at Indiana University. My name is Jennifer Jameson, and I’m an undergraduate student (a senior) majoring in Folklore & Ethnomusicology at IU. I’m a west coaster myself, and came out to IU just to study in the department! I wanted to personally thank you because the work that Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has published has truly meant a lot to me. It all started one day at my local library in suburban San Diego (Encinitas). I was browsing through the album box sets and came upon a huge red box – Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. Ever since then I’ve been hooked on the stories and spirit of American music, its traditions and beyond. I began to ravenously search for more and more relevant information and media. I began renting every documentary on ragtime or Sacred Harp singing that I could find, and collecting as many albums from Folkways Recordings and the Alan Lomax Collection I could afford. From then on, I knew that this material was well worth learning about, and I knew that I could understand it and interpret its value well. The music and information that Folkways has made available has made it possible for me to realize my own passion for these historically and culturally significant songs and the context they exist in. Thanks to you and your visionary staff for inspiring me out of that sleepy, suburban existence and into a vibrant community of people looking for meaning in the everyday.

Jennifer M. Jameson”





– JENN J. (jamesonj@indiana.edu)

Welcome & Introduction

Welcome to the inaugural post for the IUB Folklore & Ethnomusicology Student Association!

Fall 2008 – Spring 2009 Operating Officers:

PRESIDENT: Amanda Hotz

SECRETARY: Nikki Silvestrini

VP of FILM SERIES (Fall 08-Spring 09): Emily Ridout & Amber Griven

VP of JAM EVENT: Amber Griven

VP of PR: Emily Ridout

MEMBERS: Jennifer Jameson (Emerita VP of Film Series: Fall 07-Spring 08), Patrick Deaton (Emeritus VP of Jam Event), Emma Engelhardt, Taylor Peters, Kady O’Hara, Patrick Johndro, Alexander Swartzentruber, Dylan Griegar (Treasurer), among others!

F & E Academic Advisor Extraordinaire: Krystie Herndon

F & E Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Pravina Shukla


You may contact us at our FESA e-mail address: iubfesa@gmail.com


– Jennifer J. (jamesonj@indiana.edu)