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May 8, 2019

Folklorist Michael Dylan Foster at the UO on May 17

The Folklore and Public Culture Program and the Folklore Student Association are excited to welcome Michael Dylan Foster to the University of Oregon to talk about the concept of the folkloresque.

Please join us on Friday May 17th from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm in HEDCO 146 for a round table discussion on the utility of the folkloresque for addressing folklore themes as they appear in film, media, and popular culture. The event will begin with an introduction to the folkloresque by Dr. Foster, followed by a discussion of related student work and opportunities for general engagement. Refreshments will be provided.

Students and faculty from across related disciplines are enthusiastically invited to attend!

If you have any questions please email Brandon Schmidt at


February 27, 2019

Golems in Wartime – Presented by Maya Barzilai

Thursday, 6PM

March 7th

Knight Library

Browsing Room

Presented by Maya Barzilai:

February 8, 2019

Medieval Bread: Making and Meaning

Join us for a free catered lunch and feel free to share this with your own networks.

Dr. Martha Bayless, Professor of English and Folklore, will be discussing the history of medieval bread as a cultural force – and how to make it!

Talk Description:
“Medieval Bread: Making and Meaning.”

The Early English Bread Project is a project dedicated to tracing the history of medieval bread as a cultural force. Bread determined settlement patterns, gave kings their power, and embodied Jesus every Sunday in church.

In a more domestic sphere, disapproving theologians charged that bread was central to women’s use of magic. Given all this, it is perhaps surprising that this simple, delicious bread is no longer to be found in modern kitchens, except perhaps in one unexpected form. This talk about the findings of the Early English Bread Project will outline the unexpected history of early bread — as well as how to make it. Medieval bread will be served, as well as a free lunch to those who RSVP via Facebook event.

The Early English Bread Project is at

December 18, 2018

“Cooking with Folklore”

Explore “Cooking with Folklore”: an adventure for the taste buds across the interdisciplinary realm of food. Enjoy Apple Beer under Beverages; or perhaps Korintje in the Bread and Pastry section. For breakfast, try making Aebelskiver; lunch might taste good with Tzatziki sauce; and dessert can never go wrong with Haupia. For dinner, consider Cspipetke Guylas or Frikadeller. On the side, you may want to try Liwanzen, Borsch, or Peach Pickles. These recipes are a tiny sampling of the multi-cultural food lore found within this volume. Look for a second volume next year!

The Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore is a repository of fieldwork collections and research materials on folklife in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. Collections include books and periodicals; student and faculty research papers and fieldwork projects; photographs, sound recordings, and documentary videos. As part of University of Oregon (UO) Folklore Program, the Archives supports students in the study of folklore and it provides training opportunities in the management of cultural collections. The Archives also makes collections available to the public for study and appreciation. Included in this cookbook are recipes that span the past fifty years, showcasing the interdisciplinary approach of the UO’s folklore students.

All proceeds will provide future programming opportunities for the Archives of Northwest Folklore.

“Collected by Folklore and Public Culture students at the University of Oregon, the recipes included in this cookbook are representative of Italian, English, German, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Japanese, Greek, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Mexican, Filipino, and French heritage. Randall V. Mills archivists have done an excellent job of selecting and organizing a delectable collection representing the culinary diversity found in the United States. This cookbook captures the essence of folklore and foodways.”

-Doug Blandy, Professor and Director of the University of Oregon Folklore and Public Culture Program

November 21, 2018

Brown Bag Book Talk by Doug Blandy

Meet in the Design Library (200 Lawrence Hall) on Thursday 11/29 at noon for a brown bag talk by Doug Blandy, co-author of the book Learning Things: Material Culture in Art Education. The book explores the meaning of “things” in education and provides strategies for incorporating material culture in higher education.

Dr. Blandy is faculty in the School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management and Director of the Folklore and Public Culture Program.


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