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Corsican Language and Expressive Culture

Posted by: Stephanie Hall

This guest blog post is by Alexandra Jaffe, who will be speaking on this topic at noon on December 2, 2014 in the Montpelier Room, 6th floor, James Madison Building, Library of Congress as part of the American Folklife Center’s Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. Jaffe is a professor of Anthropology at California State University, Long Beach …

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Ask Us Anything: Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by: Kate Stewart

October was American Archives Month, and last Thursday was Ask an Archivist Day. In honor of that event (although a little late), we decided to compile a list of Frequently Asked Questions that we often get– not necessarily reference questions, but those from our own friends and family or when we introduce ourselves as employees …

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Guess Who’s Turning 1?

Posted by: Stephen Winick

It’s hard to believe, but October 30, 2014 is the first anniversary of Folklife Today! A lot can happen in a year, so we thought we’d take a little trip through the highlights of our first year. I’ll begin with the sad things. Just three months after our debut, the great folksinger Pete Seeger died, …

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Guess Who’s Turning 100?

Posted by: Stephen Winick

Whether you’ve been a follower of Folklife Today from the outset, or you’ve only recently joined us, we’d like you to help us celebrate a milestone: this is our 100th post! And what better way to mark that point on our journey than to announce a centennial celebration? So I’m pleased to announce AFC’s 2015 …

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Symposium Spotlights Interracial and Interfaith Coalitions

Posted by: Kate Stewart

On September 25th, the American Folklife Center and the Library of Congress’s Hispanic Division brought together eight scholars and activists for a day-long symposium titled Organizing Across the Boundaries: Strategies and Coalitions in the Struggle for Civil Rights and Social Justice. It was the last event for this fiscal year in our public programs series, …

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Fandango: Convivial Sharing

Posted by: Stephen Winick

The following is a guest post authored in 2014 by Russell Rodríguez and Quetzal Flores of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. We edited the post in 2024 to add two relevant videos, making it part of the Homegrown Plus series. Welcome to our introduction to son jarocho and the fandango. Before we get started, …

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The Quebe Sisters: Western Swing & Texas-Style Fiddle

Posted by: Stephen Winick

The following is a guest post by Charles Lockwood, the Operations & Development Director of Texas Folklife, Austin Texas. Mr. Lockwood has an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Quebe Sisters Band performs in AFC’s Homegrown Concert Series on August 20, 2014. Follow the link for more information. While their …

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Gerdan Concert May 22

Posted by: Stephen Winick

NOTE: After the concert video went online, we updated this blog post to feature the concert itself after Solomia’s essay.  Scroll down to the bottom to watch it! On Thursday, May 22, at noon, in the Library’s Whittall Pavilion (right next door to the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, which is 10 …