Daniel Wojcik was a child when he first encountered the art of the untrained.
During trips, his family was always stopping at one roadside attraction or another. He was amazed by the famous Watts Towers of Los Angeles, made of rebar and concrete and reaching 90 feet into the air; Bottle Village, a collection of shrines and mosaic walkways in Southern California composed of landfill discards and found objects—25 years in the making—left him fascinated and wanting to learn more.
The Folklore Program is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Philip Scher to the post of Divisional Dean for Social Sciences, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Scher is the Director of the Folklore Program and has been a member of the UO Department of Anthropology faculty since 2002. He has previously served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology.
Dr. Scher has extensive university experience, including serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council, UO Senate, Committee on Committees, College Advisor, and UO Childcare Committee. Dr. Scher is an exemplary scholar in the field of heritage and national identity in Caribbean cultures, and has received a number of prestigious grant awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship, and a Wenner-Gren Foundation grant.
In his role as Director of the Folklore Program, Dr. Scher has increased summer online course offerings, giving students flexibility in satisfying core requirements and quadrupling the program’s operating budget. He is committed to engaging in contemporary communities, new media and technology, and diverse communities in active and reciprocal ways.
With a focus on her course offerings, longtime fieldwork and advocacy, and imminent new book, Cascade Magazine features Dr. Carol Silverman in the Winter 2017 issue. To see the full article, visit http://cascade.uoregon.edu/winter2017/social-sciences/global-gypsies/
Lisa Gilman’s new book “My Music, My War: The Listening Habits of US Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan” is featured in the Winter 2017 issue of Cascade Magazine. For the full article, visit http://cascade.uoregon.edu/winter2017/humanities/my-music-my-war/
Dr. Edwin Coleman, longtime Folklore and English faculty, civil rights activist, and noted musician, passed recently. Ed is remembered by faculty and former students with great affection. His impact on the Folklore Program, the Department of English, and the University of Oregon, is substantial.
According to Dr. Carol Silverman, “Ed Coleman was a major part of the Folklore program for decades. His dedication to the arts, to diversity, to social justice and to student support was boundless. He fearlessly stood up for his beliefs. As one of the only African-American professors, he was a model for many students of color, and indeed a mentor to many of us.”
Funeral Service — Monday, January 30 at 5 pm at Saint Thomas Moore Church, 1850 Emerald St. in Eugene.
Celebration of Life — Tuesday, January 31 at 2 pm at Willamette Christian Center, 2500 West 18th Ave. in Eugene.
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