2023 AFS Education Track

Oct 10, 2023

Folklore and Education Related Presentations, Sessions, and Meetings at the 2023 AFS Conference, November 1-4, Portland, Oregon

A list compiled by the American Folklore Society’s Folklore and Education Section.

Wednesday, November 1

Rooted through Writing: Connecting with Our Spaces, Ourselves, and Our Communities with Write Around Portland

Wednesday, November 1

1:00 pm–4:00 pm Skyline II

Sponsored by:
Creative Writing and Storytelling Section
Local Learning
Write Around Portland

Thursday, November 2

01-09 Folklore, Art, and Education

8:30 am–10:00 am

Cabinet Suite

This live event will not be recorded.

Chair: Jenn Horn (University of Southern Indiana)

8:30 am On the Value of Conversing with Kitchenware: Using Fairy Tales in the First-Year Composition Classroom
Amelia Lehosit (University of Washington, Seattle)

9:00 am Mary Sully, Ella Deloria and Ethnographic Surrealism
Todd Richardson (University of Nebraska, Omaha)

9:30 am Disentangling the Discontent: Planting New Roots in Academia
Jenn Horn (University of Southern Indiana)


02-06 Engaging Learners of All Ages: Folk Arts Education@Work

10:30 am–12:30 pm Directors Suite

Sponsored by: Folklore and Education Section

Chair: Paddy Bowman (Local Learning)

Forum participants:

Flavia Maria Bastos (University of Cincinnati )
Halle Butvin (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)
Mira C. Johnson (Local Learning)
Jean T. Tokuda Irwin (Utah Division of Arts and Museums )

Folklorists all too frequently must explain our work to others. This forum explores successful approaches that folklorists can employ to engage non-folklorists with our discipline. Models include professional development examples from K-16, museum, and community educators to traditional artists here and abroad. Learners of all ages in diverse settings find such methods engaging and meaningful. Expect an interactive dialogue.


02-12 Resisting the Bans: Devised Performance as a Tool for Strengthening Books, Communities and Identities Under Attack

10:30 am–12:30 pm Galleria III

Sponsored by:
Fellows of the American Folklore Society
Folklore Latino, Latinoamericano, y Caribeño Section

Chair: Solimar Otero (Indiana University) and katherine borland (Ohio State University)


03-06 Seeds for New Worlds and Racially-just Futures: The Shared Roots of Folklore, Education, and the Arts

Thursday, November 2

2:30 pm–4:30 pm Directors Suite

Sponsored by: Folklore and Education Section

Chair: Rossina Zamora Liu (University of Maryland, College Park)

2:30 pm The Blind Educators and the Elephant: REACHing an Understanding of Folklore and Education in a Multi-Year, Multi-Partner Arts Integration Project
Betty J. Belanus (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)

3:00 pm Homegrown Zines and the Making of New Worlds and Futures by Young People of Color
Rossina  Zamora Liu (University of Maryland, College Park)

3:30 pm discussant
Bonnie S. Sunstein (University of Iowa)

3:45 pm optional discussion time


Local Learning Happy Hour

Thursday, November 2

5:30 pm–6:30 pm

Hotel Bar at the Hilton Downtown Portland

Friday, November 3

04-02 Folklore Methodologies in Teaching and Learning

8:30 am–10:00 am


Chair: Mary  Sellers (Penn State University)

8:30 am Buy Manhattan for $24? A Lesson Plan for Taking a Closer Look at Lenape History
Sean Galvin (LaGuardia Community College)

9:00 am Cloth, Community, and Culture: Apprenticeships in an Era of Digital Learning
Taylor Dooley Burden ()

9:30 am Swipe Right: Creating a Cryptid Dating Profile as an Academic Assessment
Mary  Sellers (Penn State University)


04-14 The Future of Community Scholars Programs

8:30 am–10:00 am

Parlor B

Chair: Nicole Musgrave (Independent Folklorist)

Forum participants:

g’beda T. Lyles (Texas Folklife)

Kaitlyn McConnell (Ozarks Alive)


05-06 The Roots of Maturity: Pathways to Aging Creatively

10:30 am–12:30 pm Directors Suite

Chair: Laura Marcus Green (South Carolina Arts Commission)

10:30 am “It’s your quilting time:” Advancing Creativity as We Age
Amy E. Skillman (Goucher College)

10:50 am Creative Aging and Sweetgrass Basket Makers in South Carolina
Minuette Floyd (University of South Carolina)

11:10 am Preserving Iu-Mien Refugee Ritual and Literacy Traditions
Jeffery L. MacDonald (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, retired)

11:30 am Circles in the Squares: Memory and Creativity Across Generations, Cultures, and Sectors
Laura Marcus Green (South Carolina Arts Commission)

11:50 am

open discussion time


05-09 Workshop: Writing Climate Stories: Getting Local and Going to the Page to Meet the Climate Crisis

10:30 am–12:30 pm Senate Suite

Chair: Kimi Eisele (Southwest Folklife Alliance)


Saturday, November 4

Learning Tradition, Learning Traditionally: Indigenous Teachers and Allies Examine Pathways to Systemic Educational Transformation

Saturday, November 4

8:30 am–11:30 am

Skyline II

Sponsored by:

First Peoples Fund
Folklore and Education Section
Local Learning

Folklorists support learning in many settings, from apprenticeships to K-12 classrooms and museums to community spaces. The move from episodic to systemic learning requires infrastructure, curriculum, and participants who are committed to this sustainable practice. To speak to each of these aspects, we have invited special regional speakers, including three Indigenous educators and a school district administrator on the Yakima Nation who works as an ally to support her students. The workshop includes an introduction to the new state-mandated Indigenous History curriculum in Oregon, panel discussion, and opportunities to work on new ideas together.

Lisa Rathje, Local Learning
Emmy Her Many Horses, National Folklife Network
Linda Deafenbaugh, Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures School

Special Guest Speakers Confirmed:
Nicole Butler-Hooton (OR Teacher of the Year [TOY] 2021),
Julie Schillreff, Supervisor of School and Community Programs, Mt. Adams School District
Brettagne Aleck, Mt. Adams School District teacher
Shelly Criag, Mt. Adams School District teacher

08-10 Global Arts, Language Arts, and Cultural Traditions in Indigenous Communities

10:30 am–12:30 pm

Galleria I

Chair: Amy Horowitz (GALACTIC/ Indiana University)

Forum participants:

Wesley Thomas (GALACTIC/ Indiana University, emeritus)


Folklore and Education Section Meeting

Saturday, November 4

12:00-1:00 pm Skyline II

Sponsored by:

Folklore and Education Section
Folklore and Education Section Business Meeting


Approaches to Teaching with Hip Hop

Saturday, November 04, 1:15 pm–2:15 pm Skyline II

Chair: Lisa Rathje (Local Learning)

Fernando Alfonso Orejuela (Indiana University)

Autumn Brown (Oklahoma Oral History Research Program)

Nia I’man Smith, (Indiana University)

This workshop addresses learning and teaching with Hip Hop. Through African American stories and history, participants will consider important topics of teaching hard or sensitive themes, the power of language and culturally specific vernacular, the challenges of accessibility for some classrooms due to explicit lyrics, and the skills that support critical thinking about cultural identities and one’s subject position. From the Tulsa Race Massacre to countless other stories and events that need telling yet don’t show up in many classrooms, the facilitators will create pathways to contextualized considerations that inform using Hip Hop in the classroom.

09-08 The Arts as Folklorist’s Muse: Educating a Child of Conscience

2:30 pm–4:30 pm

Forum Suite

Sponsored by: Local Learning

Chair: Suzanne (Suzy) Seriff (University of Texas at Austin)

Forum participants:

Linda Deafenbaugh (Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures School)
Amy C. Evans ()
Turry  M.  Flucker (Terra Foundation for American Art )
Suzanne (Suzy) Seriff (University of Texas at Austin)