The following program events require a separate sign up. We encourage you to preregister by October 1 so organizers can assess their capacity. Registration will continue after October 1 as space permits.
Wednesday, 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.
Wednesday, 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.
Wednesday, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm and Friday, 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, 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.
Times by reservation with the museum or walk up.
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. Please contact the museum to arrange a tour or walk up during business hours, and show your AFS name tag to get the special rate.
Woody Guthrie Center
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday
102 E. Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK 74103
Bob Dylan Center
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday
116 E. Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK 74103
Wednesday, 2:30 pm and Saturday, 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
Saturday, 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.