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Botkin Lectures to Go!

The following is a guest post from AFC Folklife Specialist Nancy Groce. Botkin Lectures to Go! Learn More About Folklife, Ethnomusicology, and Oral History through the American Folklife Center’s Online Resources Have you always wanted to know more about folklore? Do you regret not taking that ethnomusicology course in college? Does finding out more about […]

Photos From AFC’s Alan Jabbour Legacy Event

  On January 18, 2018, AFC sponsored a special event in our Benjamin Botkin Folklife Lecture Series.  Alan Jabbour, 1942 – 2017: His Legacy in Folklife and Traditional Music brought together speakers who worked closely with Alan to examine the contributions he made during his career to cultural documentation, the promotion of traditional music, and […]

Shooting War – Framing History, Part III

The following is the third of a three-part blog post focusing on Military Photographers. You can read the original post HERE and the second post HERE. During the tremendous upheaval of the 1960s and with the Vietnam War in full effect, the country was in desperate need of emotive displays of patriotism while still accurately recording […]

Shooting War – Framing History, Part II

The following is the second of a three-part blog post focusing on Military Photographers. Some military photographers consider capturing the story of their fellow soldiers the greatest honor of their life.  For others, the brutality of war remains frozen in their mind just as the images they produced. Four years after serving in World War […]

Shooting War – Framing History, Part I

The following is the first of a three-part blog post focusing on Military Photographers. When you think of our American military history, what images stand out?  Perhaps it is the black and white Joe Rosenthal photo of U.S. Marines raising a flag on Iwo Jima during World War II. Or maybe it is Nick Ut’s shot of “Napalm Girl.”  These iconic images have both inspired hope as well as […]

Call for Applicants: 2018 AFC Awards and Fellowships

AFC is calling for applicants for its 2018 fellowships and awards.  Pending approval of the 2018 Federal Budget, March 12, 2018 will be the joint deadline for all three 2018 awards. The opportunities for funding are: Archie Green Fellowships of up to $35,000 each to support new, original, independent field research into the culture and […]

Memories of Peter Bartis

Note: the following is a guest post by our colleague Kate Stewart, former AFC archivist and former Folklife Today blogger. If you have a memory of Peter to share, please do so in the comments on the blog post at this link. In the spring of 2011, I had just begun learning the ropes of working at […]