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THE NEW YORK FOLKLORE SOCIETY’S

2016 CONFERENCE
Crisis of Place: Preserving Folk & Vernacular Architecture in NY
Cooper Union
New York City
April 2, 2016

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2016 New York Folklore Society Conference

Crisis of Place:
Preserving Folk & Vernacular Architecture in New York

Saturday, April 2, 2016
The Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets), New York City 10003


Donations to support this and other events of the New York Folklore Society are welcomed!

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Casita Rincon Criollo. 2014. Photo by Molly Garfinkel.


Folklorists, architects, historic preservationists, museum professionals, community members, and students came together to address questions concerning the significant crisis in our understanding of everyday landscapes and the built environment:
♦  What is the folk and vernacular architecture of New York State? What makes it “folk” or “vernacular?”

♦  How are the conditions of urban and rural life in 2016 challenging traditional architectural practices among various ethnic and regional communities?

♦  Who is sustaining vernacular design and construction in the face of globalization and gentrification, and why?

Plenary and panel presentations featured:

Michael Ann Williams, Professor of Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University, Past President, The American Folklore Society

Andrew Dolkart of Columbia University, Professor and Director of Historic Preservation Program

Gabrielle A. Berlinger, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Folklore, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Zoe van Buren, Folklore Studies Graduate Student, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Matthew Singer, Graduate student, Penn State University

Caitlin Hays Black, Graduate student, Penn State University

Sydney Varajon, Graduate student, Western Kentucky University

Virginia Siegel, Graduate student, Western Kentucky University

Max Gideonse, Graduate student, Cooper Union

Chris Mulé, Director of Folk Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council

Joseph Sciorra, Director for Academic and Cultural Programs, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College

Molly Garfinkel, Director, Place Matters, City Lore

Magali Regis, NYC Community Garden Coalition, Sustainable Architecture

Cynthia Falk, Associate Professor, Material Culture, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta

Kay Turner, President, American Folklore Society

Hanna Griff-Sleven, Director of Family History Center & Cultural Programs, Eldridge Street Synagogue

Maria Kennedy, Coordinator of Folk Arts, Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

Nancy Solomon, Executive Director, Long Island Traditions

Julie Tay, Vice-President and Executive Director, Mencius Society of the Arts

David Favaloro, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Lower East Side Tenement Museum


QUESTIONS? nyfs@nyfolklore.org or 518-346-7008


 



ANNUAL NYFS MEMBERS’S MEETING
Saturday, April 2, 2016, Noon
Cooper Union

From the Board President, Tom Van Buren: “Since 2009, when we pulled together to save the organization from the financial stress of the recession, we have faced the challenge of working with bylaws written six decades before, when physical attendance at a business meeting was required to vote and there was, of course, no internet. This provision for voting is still in the bylaws, and we feel it is time to review and update them, so that members can participate where they are, by all the means available with today’s communications technology.

We propose now to change the existing bylaws to allow for maximum participation. You can read the current BY-LAWS and PROPOSED AMENDMENTS here. We hope you can make the meeting, to be held at noon, on Saturday, April 2 at Cooper Union. If you have questions, and especially, if you cannot attend and wish to register a comment, please contact: Ellen McHale at emchale@nyfolklore.org or by phone at (518) 346-7008. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the New York Folklore Society Conference.”

Read the full text of the President’s letter here.
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Directions to the NY Folklore Society Conference Venue:

The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
Third Avenue between 6th & 7th Streets
Entrance is on the corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue (AKA Cooper Square at that point).

The Rose Auditorium is one floor below street level — there a stairway right down to it, and elevators/

Nearest Subways:
Astor Place, #6 IRT Local train
8th Street on N,R and Q train IND


Need more information? cooper.edu/about/contact

Through outstanding academic programs in architecture, art and engineering, and a Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art prepares talented students to make enlightened contributions to society.



Co-sponsored by Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education & Public Programs with support from the American Folklore Society and the New York State Council on the Arts

AFSlogo_NoTag_RGBThis conference is presented with support from the American Folklore Society.

The New York Folklore Society’s programs are made possible in part with public funds from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

NYS Council on the Arts

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