Faculty member Debra Lattanzi Shutika has been recognized by the American Folklore Society and the University of Chicago with the Chicago Folklore Prize, given each year to the author of the best book-length work of folklore scholarship.
In July 2009, folklore graduate student Paulina Guerrero met a group of Puerto Rican musicians as part of her internship with the Festival of American Folklife. Intrigued by their music and stories, Guerrero decided she would make the group and their performances the focus of the project for her master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (MAIS).
Professor Timothy Tangherlini will present and discuss his current project on folklore and geographic information systems. This innovative work brings together the fields and practices of folklore, cultural geography, ethnography, and the digital humanities. Professor Tangherlini was awarded a 2009 American Council of Learned Societies Digital Innovation Fellowship for this project. The presentation is scheduled for Monday, May 3, 7:20 - 10:00 pm in the Johnson Center, Third Floor, Room F.
As part of its ongoing series of forums, Migration Projects @ Mason is pleased to announce a book talk and DVD presentation of Underground Undergrads: UCLA Undocumented Immigrants Speak Out. The Nov. 12 event will feature Kent Wong, Director of UCLA’s Center for Labor Research and Education, and Mantias Ramos, UCLA graduate and immigration rights activist will discuss the DREAM Act, an important piece of legislation designed to ensure that all students have access to higher education.
As part of their course work, Professor Yoonmee Chang’s spring 2010 Honors seminar students will help plan and prepare the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Students from ENGL 414 (American Chinatowns) will have an opportunity not only to study ethnography but also to practice it.
Acclaimed author Ruth B. Bottigheimer will speak at George Mason University on Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. in Research 1, room 163. Bottigheimer is the author of Fairy Tales and Society: Illusion, Allusion, and Paradigm and Grimm’s Bad Girls and Bold Boys: The Moral and Social Vision of the Tales. In her visit to George Mason University, Bottigheimer will
share insights from her latest study, "Fairy Tales: A New History."
Christina Bishop, a folklore student at George Mason University, taught fifth graders at Claremont Spanish Immersion Elementary School, conducting an Oral History project that helped students learn more about themselves.