CONFERENCES & SYMPOSIA
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?”
Plenary and panel presentations featured:
♦ 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?
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? firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-346-7008
ANNUAL NYFS MEMBERS’S MEETINGFrom 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.
Saturday, April 2, 2016, Noon
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 email@example.com 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.
Donations to support this and other events of the New York Folklore Society are welcomed at the door or online here:
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Your membership of only $50.00 provides support to the New York Folklore Society and its programs and assures your continued connection to a group of
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/
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
|This 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.