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February 8, 2017

Dr. Gantt Gurley Book Publishing Celebration

Please join the UO Folklore Program’s Dr. Gantt Gurley in  celebration of the publication of his new book “Meïr Aaron Goldschmidt and the Poetics of Jewish Fiction.”  The celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22,  3-5 pm, in the Graduate School Lounge in Susan Campbell Hall on the UO campus.

Gantt Gurley received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. Before coming to Oregon he lectured at the University of California’s Scandinavian Department and was a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. His forthcoming book Meïr Aaron Goldschmidt and the Poetics of Prose examines one of Denmark’s greatest nationalistic writers as first and foremost a Jewish artist, exploring his relationship to the Hebrew Bible and later Rabbinical traditions such as the Talmud and the Midrash as a form of poetics. He is currently working on a joint project that is mapping the sudden appearance of Rabbinic tales in eighteenth- and nineteenth- century vernaculars in Northern Europe. A central aim of the project is to illuminate the mechanisms whereby Hebraic thought is reawakened in the European consciousness. His research and teaching interests include ancient and medieval song culture, the birth of the novel, the Wandering Jew, Long Romanticism, Old Norse literature, the lyrical mode, Hans Christian Andersen, and notions of religiosity in the Danish Golden Age.


December 22, 2016

Professor Carol Silverman Confronts the Persecution Faced by Roma People


UO anthropologist and folklorist Carol Silverman has studied and written about Roma people and the prejudices against them for nearly four decades and has won numerous fellowships and awards for her contributions to the field. Inspired by their rich culture, she quickly developed a parallel interest in their everyday lives and the prejudice and fear they face around the globe.

See her featured in this article from AroundtheO:


November 15, 2016

Folklore Colloquium Series – Mary Kupsch to Present

Please join us this Thursday evening, November 17, from 6-8 pm, in the Collaboration Center Room 122 at Knight Library on the UO campus for our Fall Colloquium

Pizza and other food will be served.

Folklore Graduate student Mary Kupsch will present

The Prince, the Punisher, and the Perpetrator: An Analysis of Different Displays of Masculinities in Animal/Monster Groom Tales



Stories of animal/monster groom are folktales/fairy tales that follow a specific tale type. In the story, a young woman is married to, betrothed to, or courted by a man whose physical body takes on a form that is animal like or in some way monstrous. This project uses a textual analysis paired with the theory of multiple dominate masculinities to examine 1) how the animal/monster grooms in these types of tales enact their masculinity 2) the ways in which animal/monster grooms strive to become members of a dominate masculinity and 3) how the actions of the other characters in the story effect how animal/monster grooms maintain or attempt to rise above their level of masculinity. By observing how animal monster grooms display, maintain, and prove their masculinity as well as the actions taken by them to rise to a level of dominate masculinity, it becomes obvious that, in order to do any of these things, animal/monster grooms are restricted to three stereotypical roles. Furthermore, these characters are most often not in control of which role they will be required to take on if the alternative to achieving a dominate masculinity or, at the very least, maintaining a subordinate masculinity, is to be stripped of their masculinity altogether. By examining these roles and how specific characters find themselves enacting them, we can apply the same method of observation to our own society to see how the young men of America are restricted as to which role they can display based on their masculinity and the actions taken by those around them.


September 26, 2016

“Singular Spaces: An Introduction to Art Environments in Spain and Around the World”

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 4:00 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid St.

Jo Farb Hernandez (Professor, Department of Art and Art History, San José State University in California, and Director of the Thompson Art Gallery)

In this presentation, Jo Farb Hernández takes a long view of the worldwide phenomenon of invented spaces created by self-taught artists, with a concentration on the Spanish sites that she has been documenting for the past seventeen years. Art environments, which take widely varying forms and often include sculpture, architecture, landscaping, and painting within a single site, are developed additively and organically, without formal plans or designs. Idiosyncratic, personal, and unique works of art, they completely fail to cleanly correspond to any standard characterizations developed by art or architectural historians. Yet because many face similar – and often existential – predicaments in terms of community response and governmental pressure, bringing value and visibility to these works helps not only to preserve these singular spaces, but to expand the very definition of art itself.


Jo Farb Hernández is Director and Curator of the Thompson Art Gallery and Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at San José State University in California.  She is also director of SPACES – Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments, a nonprofit archives whose focus is the worldwide documentation and preservation of art environments and other works of self-taught art. A Fulbright scholar, she has won many prizes for her books, photographs, and exhibitions, and has authored or co-authored over thirty books and exhibition catalogues; her most recent book is entitled, Singular Spaces: From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments.


September 25, 2016

Dr. Juan Eduardo Wolf To Give Talk – “Styling Blackness in Chile: Rethinking Music-Dance in the African Diaspora”

Dr. Juan Eduardo Wolf of the Music Department will give a talk titled “Styling Blackness in Chile: Rethinking Music-Dance in the African Diaspora” on Friday, October 21 at noon in the Oregon Humanities Center Conference Room, PLC 159.  This is a VPRI Completion Fellow Work-In-Progress talk, sponsored by OHC.

Further Information: (541) 346-3934.

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