In January 2015, WKU's Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology launched its first-ever winter term Study Away course. Lead by Professor Brent Bjorkman, Director of the Kentucky Museum and the Kentucky Folklife Program here on WKU's campus, nine Western Kentucky University Folk Studies graduate students descended upon Washington D.C. to learn about public folklore, historic preservation and cultural heritage policy from key players and decision-makers at the federal level. Specific cultural heritage institutions visited on the 2014 trip include the National Park Service, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian, Smithsonian Folkways Records/the Ralph Rinzler Archives, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and for the Humanities (NEH).
Throughout the course of the week, and in the weeks after, students each carried out
original investigative research projects in key aspects of contemporary public folklore,
historic preservation and cultural heritage policy matters. The group's findings were
presented to the Folk Studies community in early February! Click the link above to
learn more about what we hope will become an ongoing Folk Studies tradition, and to
see photographs of our adventure by talented WKU Folk Studies graduate student & photographer
Eleanor Hasken! Thank you to DELO, Professor Bjorkman, the Department of Folk Studies
and Anthropology and our generous friends in Washington for making this transformative
course a reality!
September, 2014, Meet Our New Grad Students!
(click on their names to find out a little more about them)
May, 2014, WKU Potter College of Arts & Letters 2014 Student Awards Ceremony
This year's award ceremony honored seven Folk Studies and Anthropology student award winners:
Lilli Tichinin - Outstanding Graduate Student in Folk Studies
Chloe Brown - Cam Collins Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student inFolklore
Madelyn Gates - Cam Collins Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Folklore
Rebecca Nimmo - Outstanding Senior Anthropology Student
Lauren Kenney- Outstanding Anthropology Graduate in the Biological Anthropology Concentration
Elisabeth Hackworth - Outstanding Anthropology Graduate in the Cultural Anthropology Concentration
Kalli Beasley - Outstanding Anthropology Graduate in the Archaeology Concentration
March 2014, WKU Student Research Conference
The Folk Studies undergraduate and graduates students presented their papers at the WKU Student Research Conference on March 22nd, 2014. Topics included proper museum artwork etiquette, the Gardner House, and the folklore of musicians' jokes. Folk Studies graduate student Jacob Buechler won an award for his paper!
February 2014, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
Students in the Museum Procedures and Preservation Techniques class recently visited the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville. WKU alumni and Coordinator of Educational Programming and Community Outreach, Sarah McCartt-Jackson spoke with the students about the museum and her job there.
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