Public Projects

Shared Tables: A Triangle Symposium on Local and Global Food Studies, February 28-29, 2012. Jointly hosted by Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, this symposium invited interdisciplinary researchers and service providers to explore food and sustainability from a global perspective. I was charged with planning a student research poster session on Feb. 28; the event brought together students, faculty, and community leaders; showcased student research and community initiatives; and helped students learn presentation skills valuable for regional and national conferences. To encourage participation from those unfamiliar with conference-quality research posters, I developed guidelines for poster design and presentation. As session organizer I also crafted the call for proposals, set up an online proposal submission system, designed publicity materials, evaluated proposals, and led students through a poster-creation workshop. Slides for the workshop are available here.

Teagle Foundation grant: Big Questions and the Disciplines, 2009-2011. Working with American Folklore Society colleagues, I helped develop curriculum materials and conference roundtable sessions that aimed to improve the quality of undergraduate education in Folklore Studies. Our work specifically addressed a key disciplinary contribution: getting students to think more carefully about the concepts of “lay” and “expert” knowledge, and also about how those kinds/valuations of knowledge are employed in social life. Documents generated during the grant period are archived in the Ohio State University Knowledge Bank. Access them here.

Civil Rights History Project (CRHP), May-December 2010. I joined researchers Elizabeth Gritter, Will Griffin, and Andrew Salinas in a Congressionally mandated effort to facilitate access to Civil Rights oral histories. Our task was to locate recordings that document personal involvement in black freedom struggles across the United States between 1940 and 1980. A joint effort of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the American Folklore Society,  the CRHP generated a database with 1528 collections searchable by repository, collection, state, and subject, offering researchers extensive information about Civil Rights interviews and related resources in nearly every state of the Union.

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