The Folklore Community
As befits scholars interested in communities, we are very concerned
in this department with issues of cooperation and collegiality.
On a general level, students are strongly encouraged to work together,
to cooperate, to help one another. This is not a competitive environment:
resources and knowledge are to be shared.
Parties, Flings and Other Gatherings
In addition to an opening gathering (held the first or second
week of the Fall term), periodic parties (often potluck dinners
and/or musical evenings) are held by both students and faculty
members. Look for announcements during the course of the year.
Representatives to the Faculty-Student Committee
Folklore graduate students play an active role in formulating
graduate program policy and organizing activities. With the beginning
of the fall semester, graduate students will elect their new representative
to attend faculty meetings.
Student meetings are held regularly to discuss issues of current
concern in the program and to allow student representatives to
report on progress in the faculty meetings they have attended.
Film & Colloquium Series
The Folklore Colloquia are a student-run series of lectures on
various topics of interest to folklorists. The colloquium will
meet approximately five times a semester. Each meeting will consist
of a presentation by a guest speaker, responses by members of
our own graduate group (either professors or students), and general
discussion. In addition to this more formal colloquium series,
student get-togethers, sandwich seminars (Brown Bag Lunch Lecture
Series), as well as possible ethnographic film series will get
planned early in the fall semester.
Resources — Flow
We make a concerted effort to pass on information (financial,
course and work-related) which may be of value or interest to
you. We try to get the information to you in a timely fashion
so that you may plan ahead. Please make a conscious effort to
receive the information we are sending your way and use it in
your planning. Keep in mind that lack of planning can create emergency
situations, which we are not prepared to handle. Holding an e-mail
account (and reading your e-mail as often as possible!!) is absolutely
essential in assuring your timely receipt of information.
- There are listservs for the entire folklore community
as well as for the graduate students separately, and you will
want to subscribe to both of them. The electronic communication
coordinator for 2003-2003 is Steven Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Graduate students in residence have a mailbox in room
303 Logan Hall. We ask that you please not have your personal
or home correspondence delivered to your University mailbox.
These mailboxes are for intra-University and in-house communication.
Please check your mailbox regularly.
- In addition, the bulletin board next to the Research
Annex contains announcements of interest to graduate students
(job and grant information, seminars, conferences, workshops,
etc.). This information is not directed to students as individuals
by mailings or other direct modes of contact. Instead, students
are expected to read this bulletin board for these important
- Steven Reynolds, the electronic communications coordinator,
will post program-related activities, announcements, and news
on the Folklore Program Website. Please send complete
announcements directly to him for posting.
- A Graduate Student Address List is published and updated
throughout the year. Please keep the administrative staff
informed of any changes of address or phone number during the
academic year and over the summer (people seem to overlook this
Lounge. This lounge on the third floor of Logan
Hall is open to all residents of the building. We share a kitchen
with the History and Sociology of Science department; there is
a refrigerator, a microwave oven, and a sink. When you use the
kitchen, please be considerate and clean up after yourself.
Folklore Archives/Research Annex. The Folklore Archive
is located in Room 311-312 Logan Hall. See Appendix
Two (Guide to the Archives) for details on our current holdings.
Recording Equipment. The Center owns a small number of
recording machines which may be borrowed by graduate students
for limited periods of time and for specific uses.
The transcribers and video camera may be borrowed
for no longer than two weeks at a time. For the video camera,
the student must have a rider on his/her apartment or home insurance
insuring it when they are using it, because we have no insurance
for it. When borrowing the video camera, please bring proof of
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