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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.


November 2, 2018

Folklore Major/Minor Advising

Registration for winter term will begin shortly. Undergrads are invited to a drop-in advising session on Tuesday, November 6, in Lorenzo West Resource Room, 461 PLC between 2 and 4 PM. We welcome new majors and minors!

October 10, 2018

Folklore Student Association Meeting

Happy Fall Term! The UO Folklore Student Association will be holding its first meeting of the academic year Thursday, October 11th at 6pm in the Lorenzo West Resource Room (PLC 461). Join us for introductions, catching up, and lively discussions about Folklore & Public Culture. We will also be brainstorming new UOFSA initiatives for the coming year.

New members are especially encouraged to come make connections and share their interests. As always, all majors are welcome so bring a friend… Did I mention the PIZZA?


September 10, 2018

New Directions in Folklore “Bill Ellis Prize” deadline extended to Sept. 30

The New Directions in Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society invites submissions for the annual Bill Ellis Prize competition. The prize will be awarded to the best graduate student essay that combines innovative research and analysis on folklore, broadly construed.  Topics can include, but are not limited to: digital folklife, popular culture, or other emerging methodologies.

The prize carries an honorarium of $100. The winning essay will normally be submitted for publication in the section’s journal, New Directions in Folklore. All unpublished research papers written within two years of the deadline on the desired topic are eligible. Students must submit their own essays. Previously published essays are not eligible for the competition.

Applicants must be members of the New Directions in Folklore Section at the time of submission (join today: Electronic submission of essays is required. The deadline for the annual competition is *September 30*. Essays should be sent to Limit one submission per person.

Three judges who are members of the American Folklore Society, the New Directions in Folklore Section, and the New Directions in Folklore editorial board will evaluate the submissions. The winner will be announced at the annual section meeting on Thursday, October 18.

For more information and past winners:  Please contact prize committee chair John Price ( with any questions.

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