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Spring 2019 Commencement

Monday, June 17, 12:30 p.m.

Join us for the English Department and Folklore and Public Culture commencement ceremony Monday, June 17, on the Memorial Quad between Prince Lucien Campbell Hall and the Schnitzer Art Museum.

Welcome to the homepage of the Folklore and Public Culture Program at the University of Oregon. The Folklore and Public Culture Program is one of a few major centers of folkloristic research in the United States. With more than thirty core and participating faculty, the program provides an interdisciplinary approach to an undergraduate major and minor as well as a Master’s Degree, allowing students to create a focused course of study in their areas of interest. Participants in the Folklore and Public Culture Program use theoretical analyses, research methods, and fieldwork techniques to study the ways tradition continues to enrich human behavior throughout the world. Participants examine the historical, cultural, social, and psychological dimensions of expressive forms such as mythology, legend, folktale, music, dance, art, belief, food, ritual, and ceremony. Students will gain fresh perspectives on the ethnic, regional, occupational, gender, and other identities of individuals in specific communities.

Students, faculty, and staff associated with Folklore and Public Culture are committed to learning, working, and living in an environment free of discrimination and hate. We take responsibility for maintaining an environment free of prohibited harassment and discrimination. Resources are readily available on campus for all students, faculty, and staff:

Summer Folklore and Public Culture Courses and Fall 19 Initial Registration

Summer is coming, and the UO Folklore and Public Culture Program is offering great courses in all three sessions.

Summer Session 6/24-7/21

FLR 370 Folklore and Sexuality w/Instr. Jenée Wilde We examine a wide range of folklore forms (such as urban legends, fairytales, jokes and more) that comprise explicit and implicit sexual content as our entry point for exploring how normative and transformative ideas about sexuality are constituted, perpetuated, and resisted among and between various groups in the United States. Central themes include folklore and heteronormative sexuality,


May 20 Lecture: John McDowell on Ecoperformativity: Expressive Culture at the Crux of Ecological Crisis

Please join us in the Knight Library Browsing Room on Monday, May 20 at 5 PM for a lecture by Indiana University folklore professor John McDowell as he speaks about how expressive culture in the Andes is being used to combat environmental crisis. See attached flyer for more details.

Folklorist Michael Dylan Foster at the UO on May 17

The Folklore and Public Culture Program and the Folklore Student Association are excited to welcome Michael Dylan Foster to the University of Oregon to talk about the concept of the folkloresque.

Please join us on Friday May 17th from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm in HEDCO 146 for a round table discussion on the utility of the folkloresque for addressing folklore themes as they appear in film, media, and popular culture. The event will begin with an introduction to the folkloresque by Dr. Foster, followed by a discussion of related student work and opportunities for general engagement. Refreshments will


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