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Activities of the
Student Folklore Society:


Kim Lau
Prof. Kim Lau

Annual participation at our national conference, the American Folklore Society Annual Meeting

  • 2003  Albuquerque, NM
  • 2004  Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2005  Atlanta, GA
  • 2006  Milwaukee, WI
  • 2007  Quebec City, Quebec
  • 2008 Louisville, KY
  • 2009 Boise, Idaho
  • 2010 Nashville, KY
  • 2011 Bloomington, IN
  • 2012 New Orleans, LA
  • 2013 Providence, RI

Spring Speaker: Annual Student Folklore Society
Invited Lecture

  • 2000  Kay Turner, Public Folklorist
  • 2001  Peggy Bulger, Director of Library of Congress Folklife Center
  • 2002  William Ferris, Former chair of the NEH
  • 2004  David Hufford, Professor Emeritus, Penn State
  • 2005  Ruth Behar, poet, writer, filmmaker and ethnographer
  • 2006  Sw. Anand Prahlad, poet, musician, folklorist and professor at MU
  • 2007  Professor Kim Lau, UC Santa Cruz, author of New Age Capitalism
  • 2008  Suzanne MacAulay, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
             Speaking on ethnoaesthetics, identity, and diaspora.
  • 2009 Amy Shuman, Ohio State University. Political asylum narratives.
  • 2010 John D. Niles, University of Wisconsin. Oral tradition and medieval literature.
  • 2011 Riki Saltzman, Iowa Arts Council. Foodways
  • 2012 Rosemary Hathaway, University of West Virginia. Folklore, Authenticity, Race and Literature
  • 2013 Trevor Blank, SUNY Potsdam, Folklore and the internet

Other Activities

Holly Hobbs, MFS 2006
Student Folklore Society Invited Speaker
Kim Lau (center) with Mizzou grad students
Luanne Roth (left) and Scott Mitchell (right)
Bake Sale
2006 SFS Bake Sale
  • Work with the Missouri Folk Arts Program, a division of the Missouri Arts Council, housed here at the University of Missouri, to promote folk arts and folklore studies on campus and in this state. We have worked with Lisa Higgins, the director of the Missouri Folk Arts Program, to bring speakers here and organize round table discussions for the benefit of the entire community
  • Annual panel and individual participation at regional and local conferences, including the University of Missouri English Graduate Student Conference, the Glenville State College Conference on Women, the Kansas State University Cultural Studies Conference, and the Missouri Folklore Society conference.
  • Cooperative sponsorship of lectures and social events with the English Graduate Student Association.
  • Academic enhancement for students through interaction with renowned folklore scholars, including John Roberts, Barry Powell, Lari Hanko, Peggy Bulger, Kay Turner, and Kim Lau.
  • Development of folklore studies curriculum in cooperation with folklore studies faculty and students.
  • Assistance with student fieldwork projects throughout Columbia and central Missouri, in cooperation with English 1700 and English 2700.
  • Really amazing Student Folklore Society Bake Sale for fundraising and outreach held twice a year on minor holidays (generally All Saint's Day and Mardi Gras)
  • Parties, dinners, and other social events to promote collegiality and cooperative work between MU folklore students.
Anchorage, AK
SFS in Anchorage, AK, 2001

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