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Benjamin A. Botkin head and shoulders portrait
Folklorist Benjamin A. Botkin, 1926. Photo courtesy of the Botkin family.
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Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series

Through the Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series, the American Folklife Center (AFC) presents distinguished experts speaking about their research and current issues and best practices in folklore, folklife, ethnomusicology, and related fields. Lectures are recorded for the AFC archive and posted on the Library's website. (See below for list of speakers and topics.) The series honors Benjamin A. Botkin (1901-1975), a pioneering folklorist who headed the Library's Archive of American Folksong from 1942-1945.


2015 Botkin Lectures

 

July 14, 2015
12 noon to 1 PM
Mumford Room, 6th floor, James Madison Building

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Fiona Ritchie in her recording studio
Fiona Ritchie
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Open Mic: Interview with Fiona Ritchie, Thistle & Shamrock Host on Celtic music and her recent book,Wayfaring Stranger: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia.

Scottish broadcaster Fiona Ritchie, the founder, producer, and host of National Public Radio's influential hour-long weekly program, The Thistle & Shamrock, participates in a public interview about her career on both sides of the Atlantic and her experiences researching Wayfaring Stranger: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia. Co-authored with Doug Orr Wayfaring Stranger, which was released in 2014 by University of North Carolina Press, was deemed "essential" by the New York Times. Ritchie, who was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth in 2014, will be interviewed by AFC folklorist Nancy Groce.

Book signing to following presentation.

August 20, 2015
Lecture 4:00-5:00 discussion 5:00-6:30
Mumford Room, 6th floor, James Madison Building

"The Poetry of Everyday Life," presented by Steve Zeitlin, Director, City Lore, New York City.

Lecture 4:00-5:00, followed by a film screening and discussion with Steve Zeitlin and Paul Wagner of Paul Wagner Films from 5:00-6:30. The films are: Boom: The Erie Canal and The Grand Generation. Mumford Room, 6th floor, James Madison Building. (Check back for more information.)


Botkin Lecture Series Past Events Archive

Includes descriptions of each lecture, photos, and informational essays from the event flyers. Links to webcasts of lectures are included as available.

2014 Lecture Series

2013 Lecture Series

2012 Lecture Series

2011 Lecture Series

2010 Lecture Series

2009 Lecture Series

2008 Lecture Series

2007 Lecture Series

2006 Lecture Series

2005 Lecture Series

2004 Lecture Series

 

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