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2022 Workshops, Tours, and Events

The following program events were offered before and during the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society.

Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm and Thursday, September 15, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm in Zoom

Sense of Place: An Online Writing Workshop in Two Parts with Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

Join Oklahoma writer and former Oklahoma State Poet Laureate Jeanetta Calhoun Mish for a two-part online writing workshop exploring the concept of sense of place on Tuesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 15. Registration is required, and registrants should register for both sessions of the workshop.

**This workshop is currently full. Contact Laura Marcus Green to be added to the waitlist.

Tours of the Woody Guthrie Center and Bob Dylan Center

Special tours of Woody Guthrie Center® and Bob Dylan Center® have been arranged for members of the AFS Archives and Libraries Section on Thursday, 10:30–11:30 am; section members should watch their email for details and the sign up. 

General attendees of the AFS annual meeting are offered the special rate of $10 for a tour of either center, or a dual ticket to tour both centers for $16. Contact the museum to arrange a tour or simply walk in during business hours, and show your AFS name tag to get the special rate.

Woody Guthrie Center
10:00 am – 6:00 pm Wednesday–Sunday
102 E. Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK 74103 
WGC: 918-574-2710

Bob Dylan Center
10:00 am – 6:00 pm Wednesday–Sunday
116 E. Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK 74103 
BDC: 918-392-3483

Wednesday, October 12, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm, Promenade A

Workshop: Leadership for Culture Workers: A Model for Leading across Cultures with Integrity

Chaired by Ross Peterson-Veatch (Southwestern College, KS) and Rory Turner (Goucher College)

This free workshop will introduce participants to a model of leader and leadership development initially created for the cultural sustainability program at Goucher College. The model begins with requiring participants to examine the nature of Action proposed in Arendt’s The Human Condition. In this conception, action is activity and speech together, and drives the human connectivity necessary to generate and use power. Adding a working theory of culture as negotiated agreements, the model supports culture workers in understanding how to partner with communities, navigate unequal social dynamics, and effect both preservation and transformation in their work.

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Wednesday, October 12, 1:30 pm–3:00 pm, Philbrook Museum of Art

Native American Collections and Community Connections: A Philbrook Museum Tour

Led by Christina Burke and Kalyn Barnoski

In this tour of the Philbrook Museum of Art, Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art Christina Burke and Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Native Art Kalyn Barnoski (Cherokee, Muscogee) will introduce the museum’s collections, projects, and collaborations related to Native American art. Participants will encounter works not presently on exhibition as well as receive a guided tour of the galleries and gardens with a focus on Indigenous arts. Discussions will focus on the museum’s work collaborating with Native artists, communities, and nations. The program is free but signup will be required. Attendees may wish to consider having lunch at Kitchen 27, the Philbrook’s museum restaurant prior to the tour.

**This tour is currently full. Please email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.

Wednesday, October 12, 2:30 pm and Saturday, October 15, 10:00 am

Tour of Greenwood Historical District

This walking tour will make a loop through Tulsa’s historic Greenwood neighborhood, also known as the Black Wall Street of Tulsa. Participants will learn about the long history of this community, most notably known as the site of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, but more importantly a thriving Black community for over 100 hundred years.

Preregistration required by October 1:

Tour costs $10; we encourage participants spend at least $5 in the Greenwood neighborhood. Payments will be taken on-site at the Black Wall Street Liquid Lounge, where the tour will begin and end.

Black Wall Street Liquid Lounge, 10 N Greenwood Ave, Suite 101, Tulsa, OK 74120

Wednesday, October 12, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm and Friday, October 14, 8:00–9:30 pm

Walking Tour of Downtown Tulsa

Led by Jeffrey Tanenhaus, founder of Tulsa Tours

Discover how Tulsa rapidly transformed from a cow town in Indian Territory to Oil Capital of the World on this history and architecture tour. Learn how immense wealth from oil created a cityscape with stunningly stylish buildings inside and out. Join the founder of Tulsa’s top-rated tour company on a guided walk for Art Deco and classical European architecture that preceded it. Tour starts and ends at the hotel.

Pre-registration is required
Tickets cost $22.

Thursday, October 13, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Oklahoma North

Local Learning Workshop: Teaching with Primary Sources in Folklife Collections

Chaired by Lisa Rathje (Local Learning)

Local Learning joins the Vermont Folklife Center, Oklahoma State University Library and OSU Writing Project, HistoryMiami Museum, and invited Tulsa educators to share resources from our Teaching with Primary Sources collaboration, “Counter(ing) Narratives to the American Story with Ethnographic and Oral History Collections.” Our project engages the digitally available archival holdings of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress alongside local and regional collections, bringing them into conversation with each other to create a fuller, more complex narrative of American communities, history, and people. The workshop includes an innovative case study for partnerships, skill building opportunities, and information about next steps for this work.

This workshop is free and does not require advance registration.

Thursday, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Sukkah of the Congregation B’nai Emunah (CBE), 1719 S Owasso Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120

Sukkot Dinner and Lecture by Gabrielle Berlinger in the Sukkah of Tulsa’s Congregation B’nai Emunah

In 2022, AFS and Tulsa’s Congregation B’nai Emunah break this cycle! All folklorists and friends are invited to a Sukkot dinner in the CBE sukkah. Rabbi Marc Fitzerman (Congregation B’nai Emunah) will host and folklorist Gabrielle Berlinger will deliver a short and accessible lecture on Sukkot titled: “Building Resistance: Ritual Structures for Radical Inclusion.” The event will take place inside the CBE sukkah and will feature a vegetarian meal appropriate to this autumnal holiday.

Online registration with CBE is required; cost of dinner will be $18.00. Reserve you place now!

Friday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Goodwin-Chappelle Gallery, Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 North Greenwood Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120

Veterans History Project Workshop

The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the American Folklife Center presents a workshop offering hands-on oral history, folklife, and community documentation project development, in addition to exploring the existing VHP collections reflecting and engaging local audiences. Sponsors include the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, with funding support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Registration requested, but not required

Saturday, October 15, 8:00 am–9:30 am, Tulsa North

Breakfast with a Fellow

Graduate students are invited to preregister for Breakfast with a Fellow at the AFS meeting in Tulsa, on October 15. 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM. This event is sponsored by the Fellows of the American Folklore Society and the Graduate Student and Young Professional Section. Students meet informally over a complementary breakfast with a senior folklorist and talk with them about the study, profession, and practice of folklore as well as the students’ interests and questions. Breakfast with a Fellow provides students with an opportunity to talk with someone in the field whose work they know about, have read, or anticipate reading. Everyone who attended this annual event in previous years came away energized by the discussion and excited about getting to know a noted folklorist and fellow student participants.

A student who has pre-registered for this event will have breakfast at one of four tables. Please indicate the order of your preferences in the First, Second, and Third Choice fields. The folklorists hosting the tables this year will be available to discuss the following topics:

  • James P. Leary (University of Wisconsin, emeritus) – Collaborative public folklore from a university base, laborlore and class, egalitarian approaches to folklore work
  • John McDowell (Indiana University, emeritus) – Folklore and environmental justice, poetics and stylistic analysis, indigeneity and modernity, Spanish American folk poetry
  • Betsy Peterson – Community engagement, archives
  • Patricia Turner (UCLA) – Perspectives on legend study

There is no fee, but since places in each roundtable are limited, advance registration is required; the eight spots at each virtual table will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware when you make your request that we will not seat students with Fellows from their own institutions. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis until all slots are filled. Assignments will be determined by staff on an as-needed basis.

Sign up now!