About the Field School: How Folklife Archives Work

The Folklore Studies Program at George Mason University is one of the few programs in the U.S. the offers comprehensive instruction in ethnographic methods and data collection.  Thirty-seven years ago, my colleague, Professor Emerita Margaret Yocom founded the Northern Virginia Folklife Archive. Students have been submitting original work to the archive since. In 2011, working […]

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Why I am working so much?

“Respect the sanctity of the snow day,” said one of my wise colleagues earlier this year.  As a department chair, I make every effort to remember her advice, but usually not for myself. Today our university is closed in response to the Titan winter storm, but I’m still working, grading papers, reviewing dissertation drafts, and […]

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