Dr. Lisa (Elizabeth) Rathje is Executive Director of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education where she is responsible for overseeing the organizational administration, programs, and strategic plan. She co-edits the peer-reviewed, multi-media Journal of Folklore and Education. She also consults nationally specializing in professional development for educators and teaching artists, as well as the topics of cultural documentation, public programming, non-profit planning, and applying cultural knowledge in social justice efforts. She previously served as Director of Folklife Programs with Company of Folk in Chicago, Illinois (2011-2016), where she was responsible for planning and directing projects focused on identifying, preserving, and promoting to the general public, folk and traditional arts. Rathje also has multiple film credits and has served as oral history advisor and videographer for an on-going research project on Afro-Cuban artist Nancy Morejón and others of her generation in Havana, Cuba.
Roots of a Region reveals the importance of folk traditions in shaping and expressing the American South. This overview covers the entire region and all forms of ex-pression-oral, musical, customary, and material.
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This introductory survey course engages students in a broad overview of selected musical cultures from around the world, focusing on examples from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Whenever possible, we will consider music making locally, in and around Bloomington. Organized around case studies and broad themes, this course will explore the ways in which the musical traditions presented are shaped by and give shape to the social and cultural environments from which they come. Since different musical styles have different structures and meanings, we will learn new ways of listening to understand with greater clarity the significance that music and music making have for those who perform, listen, and otherwise engage with it. Mindfully listening to music means not just learning to hear characteristics of sound, but also learning to analyze and interpret different cultural approaches to music making and enjoyment.
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Barry Dornfield is a Principal at CFAR, a management consulting firm in Philadelphia, a documentary filmmaker, a media researcher, and an educator. His documentary work includes: "Eatala: A Life in Klezmer," co-produced with the Philadelphia Folklore Project and broadcast in Philadelphia; "LaVaughn Robinson: Dancing History;" "Gandy Dancers," portraying the expressive culture and history of African-American railroad workers in the US; "Look Forward and Carry on the Past: Stories from Philadelphia's Chinatown;" "Powerhouse for God" and "Plenty of Good Women Dancers: African-American Women Hoofers in Philadelphia." Dornfeld recently co-authored The Moment You Can't Ignore: When Big Trouble Leads to a Great Future, with Mal O'Connor (Public Affairs 2014). He has taught at New York University and chaired the Communication Department at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
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Susan Eleuterio has conducted fieldwork and developed public programs including exhibits, performances, folk arts education workshops and residencies in schools, and professional development programs for teachers, students, adults, and artists for schools, museums, arts education agencies and arts organizations across the United States. She is the author of Irish American Material Culture: A Directory of Collections, Sites and Festivals in the United States and Canada (Greenwood Press: 1988) as well as essays in The Encyclopedia of Chicago History, the Encyclopedia of American Folklore and the Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife. She formerly served as the Director of Ethnic and Folk Arts, Literature and Presenters Programs for the Illinois Arts Council and as the Registrar and Collections Manager at the Museum of Science and Industry.
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Folklorist and independent scholar Mary Hufford has worked over the past three decades in both government and academic settings and is currently a Fellow of the American Folklore Society and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her scholarship, teaching, and writing have centered on the interrelations of social, ecological, and cultural systems, and the formation of democratic public space through community-based, participatory research. As folklife specialist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, she led regional team fieldwork projects in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and the southern West Virginia coalfields. She has served on the faculty of folklore and folklife and directed the Center for Folklore and Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania.