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Student Spotlight: Ozzy Whitley

Student Spotlight: Ozzy Whitley

As one of the students in the Master’s of English with a Concentration in Folklore Studies at George Mason University, Ozzy Whitley has done incredible work in the short time she has been a part of the program. This article details her academic journey, her time in the Folklore Program, and her plans for the future. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Meg Nicholas

Alumni Spotlight: Meg Nicholas

Nicholas discovered folklore studies in 2005 when she was pursuing her undergraduate degree at George Mason University. She took a folklore class on a whim. In that class, she suddenly realized that storytelling, the folklore she had been practicing her whole life, was part of an academic discipline. And she fell in love with folklore studies. As luck would have it, Mason’s Folklore Program’s founder, Prof. Margaret Yocom was developing a master’s program for folklore studies around this time.

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In Memoriam: Joy Fraser

In Memoriam: Joy Fraser

It is with great sadness that we report that our colleague, Joy Fraser, died on December 17, 2023 in St. John’s Newfoundland. Joy was an assistant professor of Folklore at Mason from 2013-2018 where she was a beloved colleague, mentor, and friend. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Lee Ann Timreck

Alumni Spotlight: Lee Ann Timreck

This book not only celebrates these two amazing women but gives voice to their artistic narrative of the injustices and sacrifices, as well as accomplishments, made by so many in their pursuit of freedom. By exploring the artists' visual narrative of Black emancipation through the lens of nineteenth-century political, racial, and gendered influences, the book tells a story, rather than just a history, of the first fifty years of Black freedom.

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Upcoming Folklore Courses

Upcoming Folklore Courses

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and course registration is about to open! We hope that Mason students will enjoy these dynamic and engaging folklore courses that we are offering this summer and fall.

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Into the Heart of Irish Culture

Into the Heart of Irish Culture

Students traveled from Dublin to County Wexford to Achill Island in County Mayo, engaging with local communities and learning from artists, craftspeople, musicians, and storytellers as well as Irish folklorists, historians, archeologists, and experts.

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