The American Folklore Society invites all inquiries from members of the media interested in the compelling and timely news and research emerging from the folklore community.
Folklorists study the traditional art, stories, knowledge, and practices of a people. We are active in all areas of our society, studying expressive culture in education, healthcare, poverty, and immigration. And folklorists are experts in a wide range of topics, including issues recently covered in the news such as fake news, cryptozoology, legends, holidays, internet memes, traditional and world music, the supernatural, and COVID-19.
Folklorists’ Insight on Hot News Topics
Inside Higher Ed: Welfare and the American Dream
House Committee on Appropriations: The Effects of COVID-19 on Arts and Humanities Organizations
The Week: The Enduring Legend of Bigfoot
Texas Public Radio: Hispanic? Chicano? Latinx? What’s In A Name?
Western Kentucky University Public Radio: What’s Fake News Got to Do With Folklore? WKU Professor Explores Connections in New Article
The Meiji at 150 Podcast: Episode 71 – Dr. Michael Dylan Foster (UC Davis) discusses yōkai, the supernatural spirits and monsters of Japan
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Folklorists in the News
- William Ferris to be Honored by Mississippi Humanities Councilfrom the Mississippi Humanities Council – Dr. William Reynolds Ferris, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will receive the Cora Norman Award in
- Folklore Holds the Key to Covid Conspiracy TheoriesFolklorist and AFS member Tim Tangherlini was recently interviewed by The Guardian for a story about COVID conspiracy theories. In the article, Tangherlini discusses how he
- Folklorists Win Major NEH GrantsThe National Endowment for the Humanities announced major grants for organizations led by folklorists Kimberly Marshall, Theresa Vaughan and Amy Kitchener this month as part of
- Minnessota Names Gwen Nell Westerman as its First Native American Poet LaureateMinnesota Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan named folklorist Gwen Nell Westerman as its poet laureate on Thursday. She is the first person of Native American descent to hold the state role.
- Elaine Thatcher Profiled on Transition from SummerfestThe Utah-based local web publication Cachevalleydaily.com recently profiled folklorist Elaine Thatcher in honor of her retirement as executive director of the Summerfest Arts Faire in Logan County, UT.