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The Folklore and Public Culture Program at the University of Oregon is one of a few major centers of folkloristic research in the United States. With more than thirty participating faculty, our program provides an interdisciplinary approach to a Master’s Degree, allowing students to create a focused course of study in their areas of interest.

“Gypsy Robe” Renaming

A news article co-written by Carol Silverman, professor of cultural anthropology and folklore at the University of Oregon, with Romani activist/scholar Petra Gelbart appeared recently in American Theatre magazine in response to the renaming of Actors’ Equity “Gypsy Robe” to the “Legacy Robe.”

Lifting the Curtain on the Gypsy Robe: As Actors’ Equity prepares to announce a new name for its beloved Broadway ceremony, here’s a look at why they made the change.”

A Community Conversation with String Musicians and Makers

Join folklorist Jennie Flinspach and local string instrument makers and players Kent Buys, Jeff Manthos, Joe Huff, and John Meade for a conversation about some of the cultural traditions of Benton County and the people who practice them. The program takes place:

Friday, September 7, at 7:30 PM at the Troubador Music Center 521 SW 2nd St. in Corvallis


This open community conversation invites audiences to connect with local tradition keepers through a moderated panel discussion. Kent Buys specializes in instrument repair and restoration and is the owner of the Troubadour Music Center. Jeff


New Directions in Folklore “Bill Ellis Prize” deadline extended to Sept. 30

The New Directions in Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society invites submissions for the annual Bill Ellis Prize competition. The prize will be awarded to the best graduate student essay that combines innovative research and analysis on folklore, broadly construed.  Topics can include, but are not limited to: digital folklife, popular culture, or other emerging methodologies.

The prize carries an honorarium of $100. The winning essay will normally be submitted for publication in the section’s journal, New Directions in Folklore. All unpublished research papers written within two


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