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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:

Join Us for a Talk with Dana Hercbergs, Ph.D.

Public Talk Tuesday, January 28, 5:00pm Condon Hall, Room 204 University of Oregon

Narrative and Memory in Jerusalem: Seeking the Implicit in Ethnography

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Folklore and Public Culture Program and the Judaic Studies Program

Western States Folklore Society Annual Meeting & Call for Papers

Paper presentations: Participants wishing to present a paper must submit by email a short (100-150 word) abstract by February 15, 2020.  Abstract guidelines are available on the Meetings page on the WSFS website. .

WSFS Conference April 17-18, 2020 Willamette University, Salem, Oregon

Note: Visit the Transportation and Accommodations page to find places to stay during the conference.

On behalf of the Western States Folklore Society, the students and faculty of Willamette University invite you to join us in exploring the theme of “Folklore in the


FLR 4/510 Craft Clothing Culture – Winter 2020

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This exciting class offers a unique opportunity to experience how Native American regalia makers and storytellers, as well as Romanian traditional woodcarvers, rug weavers, clothing makers, and singers sustain and transmit their cultural heritage through their cultural traditions. No previous knowledge of Native American or Romanian traditions is needed.

Course meets virtually with Romanian students one per month at 8am, in addition to regular class times.

To potential students, please note that this class meets elective requirements for Anthropology the new Media and Culture


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