NYFS DIRECTOR ELLEN McHALE, PhD, VISITS NYIT-NANJING
The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Center for Humanities and Culture at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT) is funded by a grant from the United States Embassy, Beijing, and the United States Department of State, and is located on the campus of its partner institution, NUPT.
Its purpose is to provide a venue in which to foster intercultural communication through the exchange of ideas and art and thereby enhance international understanding.
On Monday, March 23, 2015, Dr. Ellen McHale presented on her new book Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack (University Press of Mississippi, 2015), an in-depth study of the regional and occupational folk traditions uncovered through the recording of oral histories at Belmont and Aqueduct Racetracks in New York City and the racetrack at Saratoga Springs, NY. Her presentation was accompanied by a photo exhibit (See Stable Views). Her students at the university learned about the New York Folklore Society by reviewing this website. Also, travelling to China for the cultural exchange was Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra.
Dr. McHale’s presentation was part of a “Folk Arts in New York State” program organized by Beverly Butcher, director of the NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture that also invited the Klezmatics for a concert and program with the students in April and Robert Baron, PhD, Director, New York State Council of the Arts Folk Arts Program in May to provide an overview of New York folk traditions and a Q&A with students.
Below are some of the photos that Ellen brought back from her trip. You can read more about her trip in “From the Director” in the Spring-Summer 2015 issue of Voices.
Beverly Butcher, Director of the Center for Humanities and Culture
Exhibit Notice for Stable Views
Stable Views exhibit
Alex Torres with interpreter
Alex Torres and his His Latin Orchestra and Interpreter
Ellen’s presentation at the Center for Humanities and Culture
Ellen introduces Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra
Dancing to the music
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