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October 27, 2017

“The Source Family: Gender and Representation in a 70s Occult Commune”

Thurs., Nov. 9, 7:00 pm
in Lawrence 115

Free and open to the public

After the film, director Jodi Wille will speak on the ethical considerations directing The Source Family, as well as the social and spiritual dynamics of the group.

The Source Family was a radical experiment in 70s utopian living. Their outlandish style, popular health food restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of the Sunset Strip. But the unconventional behavior of their spiritual leader, Father Yod, instigated the authorities. Years later, former family members surface and the rock band reforms, revealing how their time with Yod shaped their lives in the most unsuspecting ways.  (Dir. Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos)

Sponsored by: Folklore, Oregon Humanities Center, Cinema Studies, Academic Affairs, Religious Studies, Anthropology

September 12, 2017

Upcoming lectures by Niko Pfund, President of Oxford University Press (USA), sponsored by the Folklore Program

Nov. 6, 2017

Lecture: “Getting Published: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

10:00 am, Knight Library Browsing Room (106 Knight Library). Information: (541) 346-1505.

Like many media industries, scholarly publishing is changing at a feverish pace. At the same time, the foundational relationship between author and editor remains largely unchanged. What are the changes buffeting American university presses? How is marketing changing? How is the academy itself accelerating or putting the brakes on these changes? Most importantly, what should aspiring authors know about the factors influencing decision making at academic publishing houses?


Nov. 6, 2017

Lecture: “Why a Career in Publishing Might Be For You: What to Do When You Want to Work in a Creative Environment but Don’t Want to Go to Grad School, Work for Free, or Go Into Debt.”

1:00 pm, Knight Library Browsing Room (106 Knight Library). Information: (541) 346-1505.

A talk for students considering specific publishing careers. Oxford University Press President Niko Pfund will provide an overview of the industry, what it can offer college graduates, and how to navigate your way to a rewarding and fulfilling job and career.

June 17, 2017

Graduate Bruno Seraphin Publishes Article

Bruno Seraphin, Folklore M.A. graduate, has published an article in The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy.  The link is here —


Rewilding, “the Hoop,” and Settler Apocalypse

Bruno Seraphin



This paper presents an ethnographic account of a grassroots network of mostly white-identified nomads who travel in the northwest United States’ Great Basin and Columbia Plateau regions. Living mostly on National Forest land, this movement of “rewilders” appropriates local Indigenous peoples’ traditional ecological knowledge in order to gather and replant wild foods in a seasonal round that they refer to as the “Sacred Hoop.” I discuss the Hoop network in order to explore the environmental ethics of a group that is at once strikingly unique and also an embodiment of the problems of settler colonialism within the broader environmentalist movement. I begin by introducing the group’s ecologies and ethics, and subsequently move into an examination of the multiple and sometimes-contradictory lines of apocalyptic narrative logic at work in Hoopster discourse. I assert that the Hoopsters’ conflicting accounts of the Anthropocene, and the temporality of its disasters, are a manifestation of their ongoing work grappling with their own racial positionality. Despite the Hoopsters’ uncompromising critiques of colonialism, capitalism, and environmental exploitation, they struggle to come to terms with their role in ongoing colonialism and the marginalization of Indigenous peoples. In this way, the Hoopsters echo the troubled narratives at work in broader North American environmental thought, which consistently reveres the idea of Indigenous cultures while failing to enter into solidarity relationships with contemporary Indigenous communities and their efforts toward decolonization.

June 14, 2017

Folklore Program Offers Summer Courses

The Folklore Program is proud to announce our Summer Courses for 2017.  Please see the list below:


Summer Schedule 2017

Course Offerings
Session 1: 6/26-7/23
FLR 199 Folklore & Sports 4cr Baumann WEB
FLR 235 Folklore & Supernatural 4cr Wojcik 1200-1350 mtwr
FLR 414 Mythology/Mod Fant Fic 4cr Gurley 1000-1150 mtwr
ANTH 114 Anth Pirates & Piracy 4cr Scher WEB
Session 2: 7/24-8/20
FLR 250 Intro to Folklore 4cr Baumann WEB
ANTH 114 Anth Pirates & Piracy 4cr Scher WEB
Session 3: 8/21-9/17
FLR 236 Magic in Middle Ages 4cr Bayless WEB
FLR 250 Intro to Folklore 4cr Baumann WEB
ANTH 119 Anthropology & Aliens 4cr Scher WEB

May 12, 2017

Dr. Carol Silverman to Present “Global Gypsy: Appropriation, Hybridity and Race”

On June 2 at noon in PLC 159, Dr. Carol Silverman of the Folklore Program and Department of Anthropology will present from her research on Balkan “Gypsy” music.

Work-in-Progress and Books-in-Print talks is sponsored by the Oregon Humanities Center.

Talks by OHC fellows on their current research or recently published books. All talks take place on Fridays at noon in the OHC Conference Room, 159 PLC. All are welcome to attend. Brown-bag lunches are welcome. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

“Global Gypsy: Appropriation, Hybridity and Race”

In the last twenty years, Balkan “Gypsy” music has exploded in popularity, becoming a staple at world music festivals and dance clubs throughout the United States and Western Europe. At the same time, thousands of Balkan Roma (the ethnic group frequently referred to as “Gypsies”) have emigrated westward due to deteriorating living conditions, and entrenched stereotypes have arisen amidst deportations and harassment. In this heightened atmosphere of xenophobia, Roma, as Europe’s largest minority and its quintessential “other,” face the paradox that they are revered for their music yet reviled as people. Focusing on clubs and festivals, this illustrated ethnographic presentation investigates the ramifications of the current scene for Romani performers and non-Romani musicians, producers, audiences and marketers.


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