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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

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 of Information

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,
  • 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 announcements.
  • 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 easily).

Other Resources

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 your insurance.

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