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October 4, 2017

Carol Silverman interviewed by CBS TV about Roma and Begging

Professor Carol Silverman, Department of Anthropology and Folklore Program, was interviewed on CBS TV in San Francisco about Roma and begging. You can view the story at –

For Some BART Panhandlers, Begging Is Their Job:


May 26, 2017

Dr. Daniel Wojcik Featured in Cascade Magazine

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.

(Read The Whole Story Here)

May 15, 2017

Dr. Philip Scher appointed Divisional Dean for Social Sciences

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.

February 24, 2017

Dr. Carol Silverman Featured in Cascade Magazine

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

Cascade Magazine Features Dr. Lisa Gilman

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

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