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The New York Folklore Society presents:
Cultural Migration: Displacement and Renewal
September 8–9, 2017
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

PROGRAM AGENDA

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CONFERENCES & SYMPOSIA:
Cultural Migration: Displacement and Renewal
A PROGRAM OF THE NEW YORK FOLKLORE SOCIETY
Symposium on Immigration and Resettlement in the Buffalo-Niagara Region of New York

The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
September 8–9, 2017


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PROGRAM AGENDA
Friday, September 8, 2017
6:00–7:00 p.m. Professional Development Workshop for Traditional Artists
A focus on Legal Issues/Know your Rights.
Presented in collaboration with Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.
Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Registration Required.
7:00–9:00 p.m. Reception for “The Dream of America” exhibition with musical/dance performances by members of the Buffalo area newcomer communities.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
8:00–9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Address — Bryan Printup, Tuscarora Nation
Opening Remarks: Dr. Thomas van Buren, President, New York Folklore Society Board of Directors
9:30–10:15 a.m. Place Making: Changing Neighborhood Identities
Karen Canning, GLOW Traditions, Moderator
Pat Standish, Community Action for Wyoming County
Thaw Yee and Daniel Leong, Karen Society of Buffalo
Amelia Blake, Explore and More Children’s Museum
Bryan Printup, Tuscarora Nation
10:30–11:15 a.m. Place Making Through Food and Language
Dr. Christine Zinni, SUNY Brockport, Moderator
Dr. Elizabeth Bloom, Professor of Education, Hartwick College
Ramin Ganeshram, Journalist
Julie Tay, Mencius Society, for the Arts
Leonel Rosario, restauranteur, Mariachi de Oro
Chandra Maracle, Kakhwa’on:we / Real People Eat Real Food
Break
11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Plenary Address:
Christina Pope, Regional Director for Welcoming America

Christina Pope will share a three-pronged model for successfully bridging divides between immigrants and longer term residents in receiving communities across the country.
12:00–12:30 p.m. Breakout Activities and Roundtable Discussions
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–2:30 p.m. Micro-Enterprise: Organizations and Initiatives
Edward Millar, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Moderator
Dawne Hoeg, Stitch Buffalo
Ma Theint, Moon Lady Arts and Crafts
Michelle Holler, WEDI/West Side Bazaar
Dr. Mirza Tihic, Syracuse University, Professor of Entrepreneurship
2:30–3:30 p.m. Health Services: Challenges and Initiatives
Wilfredo Morel, Hudson River Health Care, Moderator
Gamileh Jamil, Executive Director ACCESS WNY
Michael Martin, Executive Director, Native American Community Services
Laura Trolio, NYS Department of Health
3:30–4:00 p.m. Wrap-Up and Next Steps
4:00–6:30 p.m. Pop Up Art Experiences in Community Settings
Via Discover Niagara Shuttle
6:30 p.m. Reception with Closing address by Bryan Printup, Tuscarora Nation
At the Niagara Crossings Inn and Spa
Dinner on your own


PARTICIPANT BIOGRAPHIES
Amelia Blake is the Manager of Interpretive Programs at Explore & More Children’s Museum, and has worked there since May of 2015. She received both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Art History and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology. She previously was the Director of Education at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum and interned at both the Albright Knox Art Gallery and the Art Institute of Chicago. Amelia’s work at Explore & More is focused on implementing early childhood curriculum weekly for the Museum, developing interpretive programs inspired by current and planned Museum exhibits that align with NYS and Common Core Curriculum, and organizing and facilitating large-scale programming opportunities at the waterfront and at county libraries. Amelia is also very involved with plans for the museum’s future as its new facility is being built at Canalside in downtown Buffalo.

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Dr. Elizabeth Bloom obtained her BA in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and her MA in anthropology from SUNY–Albany. After completing a certification in secondary social science education at SUNY–Oneonta, she taught social studies locally for 10 years. She graduated with an EdD in education theory from SUNY–Binghamton in 2003, and has taught in Hartwick College’s Education Program since. Bloom is an education activist who has presented widely and published articles, chapters, and blog posts, and has edited a collection on issues related to corporate education reform entitled “Resisting Reform: Reclaiming Public Education Through Grassroots Activism.”

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Karen Canning is the Founding Director (1997) of GLOW Traditions, a program that documents, researches, and presents traditional arts and folklife in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties. She holds an MA in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, where her research focused on Mexican indigenous music and American traditional dance and music. Canning’s work in western New York includes traditional American music genres; ethnic music, dance, and arts (Hispanic, Italian, Polish); artists’ residencies; world dance traditions; foodways; Native American arts; occupational folklore; rodeo arts; and rural-based arts. Her public programs encompass concerts, lectures, workshops, arts education residencies, festivals, and exhibits. Canning is an active member of the New York Folklore Society and American Folklore Society.

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Ramin Ganeshram is a veteran journalist who holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University. For eight years she worked as a feature writer/stringer for the New York Times and another eight years for Newsday as a feature writer and food columnist. She has been awarded seven Society of Professional Journalist awards and an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) cookbook award for her work and has been a finalist for the IACP Bert Greene Award for Culinary Journalism. She has contributed articles on American colonial and immigrant foodways to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food & Drink in America and the Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia. She is the author of The America I Am: Pass It Down Cookbook, about African-American culinary heritage and the ghostwriter of The Sweetie Pies Cookbook, based on the popular television show Welcome to Sweetie Pies on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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Dawne Hoeg is the Founder and Co-Director of Stitch Buffalo and the Refugee Women’s Workshop. Inspired by her professional life in the city of Buffalo, Dawne founded Stitch Buffalo in 2014. A creative at heart, Dawne has always loved the textile arts and has centered her career around this discipline. Concurrently working in the Textile and Fiber Arts Design Department at Buffalo State College, she also fills the role of handwork teacher at the Aurora Waldorf School.

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Michelle Holler is a Buffalo native and has been working at the West Side Bazaar, a small business incubator designed to help refugees, immigrants, and low-income individuals start their own small businesses. The Bazaar has both a shared kitchen and retail space, currently with 19 businesses operating under one roof. Michelle is very invested in community development and currently serves on two committees, the Grant Ferry Association and Community Canvases. Before WEDI, she attended Buffalo State College where she studied fashion textile technology with a concentration in marketing, as well as studied abroad at the Florence University of the Arts.

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Gamileh Jamil is a second generation Yemeni-American who was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and is a mother of three children. She received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing and her Master’s degree in health administration from Roberts Wesleyan College. Gamileh spent the first half of her employment career as a registered nurse. She worked with obstetricians and helped women during and after their pregnancies. Continuing with her efforts of helping people, Gamileh’s career interests have recently shifted into the nonprofit world. Presently, she is the Executive Director of ACCESS of WNY, a nonprofit agency in Lackawanna, New York. Gamileh enjoys assisting individuals in need, coming up with programs to better the community and collaborating locally and nationally with other organizations. Gamileh serves on the Partnership for Public Good Board and is on the Erie County Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.

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Daniel Leong is a top official with the Karen Society of Buffalo, an organization that represents the largest of Burma’s refugee groups. Daniel works as an interpreter.

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Chandra Maracle is the mother of four daughters. At any given moment, she is thinking about, talking about, preparing, serving, or eating food. She was born and raised on the west side of Buffalo and later studied at Cortland College, University of Buffalo (UB), and University of Salamanca, Spain. She has worked as a Youth Leader at Native American Community Services in Buffalo, Graduate Assistant in Native American Studies at UB, and Cultural Resource Specialist at the Native American Magnet School #19. She was a Diversity Educator with the National Conference for Community and Justice, co-founder of the Indigenous Women’s Initiatives and has certifications as a practitioner of massage, reiki, and yoga. Chandra is cofounder and Nutrition Coordinator of Skaronhyase’ko:wa Tyohterakentko:wa tsi Yontaweya’tahkwa / The Everlasting Tree School and president of the Kanyen’keha Revitalization Society. She is currently a Collaborator on The Legacies Project: An Intergenerational/Intercultural Exchange of People Transforming the Food System, through York University in Toronto. She was a collaborator on the Healthy Roots committee and developed the Haudenosaunee Food Guide for the Community Challenge. Chandra is founder of Kakhwa’on:we / Real People Eat Real Food, exploring links between food, people, language, and land.

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Michael Martin is the Executive Director of Native American Community Services (NACS) of Erie and Niagara Counties. The mission of the NACS is to provide quality human services that meet the needs of the off-reservation Native American community in Erie and Niagara Counties. Michael Martin is an Onondaga of the Beaver Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory in Southern Ontario, born and raised in Buffalo, New York, but currently residing in North Tonawanda. Mr. Martin is a graduate of both Babson College (MS, Accounting and Entrepreneurial Finance, 1998) and SUNY–Buffalo State College (BS, Economics, 1995), which included one year on exchange at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In February 2004, he was named the Executive Director of Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc., after having served in an interim capacity since July 2003. In 2016, he was named a Faithkeeper by his Clan Mother for his Onondaga, Beaver Clan.

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Edward Y. Millar is the Curator of Folk Arts at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University and Adjunct Professor in the Art History with Museum Studies program. He received his MA in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland and his BA in Anthropology from Seton Hall University. His interests include occupational folklife, folk arts, folklore in literature, folktales, ballads, folklore and popular culture, and foodways.

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Wilfredo Morel is Director of Hispanic Health for Hudson River Health Care, Peekskill, New York. Mr. Morel serves as Co-Chair of the New York Statewide AIDS Service Delivery Consortium Advisory Group and the Westchester County Department of Health AIDS Advisory Council, and is a member of the National Latino/Hispanic AIDS Action Network and the New York State HIV Prevention Planning Group. Morel was most recently appointed by Governor Cuomo to a Task Force supporting the effort to reduce the number of new HIV infections and will perform public outreach and awareness campaigns in line with the Governor’s plan. A working sculptor, Wilfredo Morel is a committed, natural leader who uses the arts as a powerful force for building community. A native of the island of Dominique in the Caribbean, this sculptor and sociologist shares his unique blend of talents and enthusiasm with the Peekskill community. His after-school programs are expanding the horizons of Westchester’s underprivileged children.

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Christina Pope is the Regional Manager providing technical assistance and programming to the Welcoming Economies Global Network and other Welcoming America members in the Midwest and Northeast. Before joining Welcoming America, Christina managed international student programs at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Prior to her time at the University, Christina served in various capacities in the areas of immigrant inclusion and international education, including roles at the immigrant community-based organization CASA in Maryland and at K-12 schools in Recife, Brazil, as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Christina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and American Studies at Oberlin College. In her free time, she sings in a folk group and volunteers with education access programs.

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Bryan Printup is Tuscarora (Beaver Clan) from the community of Tuscarora near Sanborn in western New York. Printup is the Manager of Geographic Information Systems for the Tuscarora Environment Program, the co-author of the book Tuscarora Nation (2007), and a member of the Native Roots Artists Guild.

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Leonel Rosario came to the United States from Oaxaca, Mexico, as a young teenager with his older siblings. For nearly two decades, he worked as a farm laborer for a variety of crops, settling in western New York, and working primarily in apple orchards. Over the last 10 years, he and his family have opened, first, a Mexican food products store, and in 2011, Mariachi de Oro, a restaurant featuring authentic Mexican food. Leonel serves as primary manager and chef and has developed special dinners and events to promote Mexican culture and heritage in the community. He and his extended family also present folkloric dance through their group, Alma Latina.

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Pat Standish is Division Director, NYS Coordinator, for Community Action Angels at Community Action for Wyoming County. Community Action Angels is the volunteer program of 27 Community Action Agencies in New York State. This program engages the entire community to bring resources to member agencies to help those who fall through the cracks in the normal system of human services—working poor families and children.

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Stitch Buffalo was founded in 2014, and began with the simple desire to gather and create. Initially starting with a single refugee woman, it has now grown into a thriving community of over 55 women from Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, and Angola. Each week these women come together to form a Refugee Women’s Workshop, sewing handcrafted goods for sale within the community. Stitch Buffalo aims to empower refugee women of Buffalo by providing meaningful work and a fair wage. Like the domino effect, the small but powerful financial independence infuses each woman, her family, and, in turn, her community. Through the creation of beautiful, handcrafted textiles, she is nurturing her cultural heritage while assuring her self-worth as a woman and a human being.

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Julie Tay is a translator, educator, musician, and advocate of traditional and folk arts, particularly related to representation and access among immigrant Chinese in New York City. Since 2003, Tay has served as Executive Director of the nonprofit Mencius Society for the Arts, which offers education and curatorial programs in Chinese traditional arts and language, and since 2010, as Founder and Director of the Asian Cultural Exchange (ACE Forum), based in New York’s Chinatown. An ethnographer by vocation, she has made numerous live and media appearances, including a 2013 radio interview on WQXR 105.9 FM on Voices of the Lunar New Year, and performance and interview in the Ebru.TV Series, Roots & Rhythm (2009). In 2001, she received interviewer credit for the post-9/11 documentary initiative, Harmony & Spirit – Chinese Americans in New York, which aired on WNET. Tay’s long-term research interest is in oral traditions and urban folk associations. Tay earned her MA in Anthropology (1994) from the City University of New York, and a postgraduate Diploma in Education (1987) from the National University of Singapore. Since 2013, Tay is also Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting at the NYU School of Professional Studies.

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Dr. Mirza Tihic is the Assistant Director for the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) at Syracuse University. He oversees efforts and initiatives supporting veterans, military members, and members of military families on campus at Syracuse University. Before joining OVMA, Tihic worked at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families as Director of Program Support Service, providing technical assistance and training; partnership development with the public and private sectors; and research on employment, entrepreneurship, and education for the veteran community. Tihic holds an MBA from the Whitman School of Management and a PhD in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University. He is a founder of the North Side Learning Center in Syracuse, a center providing language instruction and other support for refugee populations.

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Ma Theint is the owner of Moon Lady Arts and Crafts, a small business in Buffalo’s West Side Bazaar. Originally from Mandalay, Burma, Ma Theint was a school teacher for 13 year before she and her family resettled in Buffalo. She is now the proprietor of a retail establishment of items from Burma and Thailand at the West Side Bazaar. Ma Theint has been actively engaged in WEDI, as well as Explore and More Museum’s Celebration of Burmese Folk Arts programs, sharing the customs of her ancestral homeland and helping to organize performances of other folk artists who are refugees from Mynamar.

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Laura Trolio is the Senior Program Coordinator in the Office of Planning and Community Affairs at the New York State Department of Health—AIDS Institute. She has nearly two decades of experience working in public health and human services program implementation and administration. Currently, she is charged with overseeing the AIDS Advisory Council Ending the Epidemic Subcommittee, whose mission is to propose recommendations to the AIDS Advisory Council to address the goals of the NYS Ending the Epidemic Blue Print. Laura is mindful of the health inequities of those living in New York State.

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Dr. Thomas van Buren is an ethnomusicologist and folklorist with expertise in cultures of the Caribbean, West Africa, and the Middle East, as well as migration and transnational communities. He served as Program and Research Director for the Center for Traditional Music and Dance from 1994–2003, producing multicultural festivals and community-based collaborative programs in the Arab, Dominican, West African, and Filipino communities of New York City. He was also co-editor/compiler of the Global Beat of the Boroughs music series for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, for which he produced Badenya: Manden Music in New York City (2002) and Quisqueya en el Hudson: Dominican Music in New York (2004). From 2003 to 2016, he served as Director of Folk Arts and Performance programs for the Westchester Arts Council, for which he produced concerts, festivals, and material arts exhibitions featuring immigrant community-based artists of the lower Hudson Valley. Since 2013, he has been Artistic Director of the White Plains Jazz Festival. He has served on the board of the New York Folklore society since 2009, and as President since 2015.

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Thaw Yee is the Education Coordinator for the Karen Society of Buffalo, a community organization.

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The West Side Bazaar, a Westminster Economic Development initiative, is a one-of-its-kind small business incubator, supporting entrepreneurs on their path to becoming successful business owners. The West Side Bazaar consists of several food, food retail, and retail vendors, which sell quality authentic products from all around the world. The West Side Bazaar has enabled many immigrant, refugee, and low-income individuals to pursue their dreams of small business ownership, providing them with a space to incubate their small businesses.

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Dr. Christine Zinni is an adjunct lecturer in Anthropology at the State University of New York at Brockport with research interests in foodways, Italian folklore and folk art, narrative and oral history, and documentary media. A folklore consultant for numerous projects in New York State, she has designed and implemented folk arts documentation and programming at Explore and More Children’s Museum in Buffalo.

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Funding by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
and the New York State Legislature and by Humanities New York.

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