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Faculty Announcements – 2/5

February 5, 2010

1. Lecture on ‘The Individual and Tradition, Life Story, and Myth’

2. “Crisis and Cultural Consumption” Lecture

3. George Stolnitz Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies





1. Lecture on ‘The Individual and Tradition, Life Story, and Myth’

The Individual and Tradition, Life Story, and Myth: Packy Jim McGrath’s Constructions of Self and Society on the Irish Border”
A Lecture by Ray Cashman, Associate Professor at the Center for Folklore Studies and Department of English, Ohio State University

Monday, February 15, 2010
5:00-6:15 pm
Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology Performance and Lecture Hall
800 N. Indiana Ave.
(formerly the Indiana Avenue Church of Christ)

Dr. Cashman has written on Irish ethnohistory; outlaws and insurgents in folklore and popular literature; traditional customs, drama, and rites of passage; vernacular expressions of local, ethnic, sectarian, and political identities and histories.

His is the award winning author of Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border: Characters and Community, winner of both the Chicago Folklore Prize from the American Folklore Society and the Donald Murphy Award from the American Conference for Irish Studies. His current book project is Packy Jim: An Irish Life. He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming book The Role of the Individual in Tradition, with Pravina Shukla and Tom Mould.

2. “Crisis and Cultural Consumption” Lecture

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Ballantine Hall 103
4:00-5:00 PM
Chilean writer and publisher Pía Barros


“Crisis and Cultural Consumption”
Please join us on Tuesday, February 9 to hear Chilean writer and publisher Pía Barros reflection on how the process of globalization in general, and the current economic crisis more specifically, has altered our practices of cultural consumption and the political consequences they produce. In this presentation, Barros questions whether forms of mass communication,specifically the Internet, can democratically insert peripheral cultural consumers into the global society. Barros will also reflect on how economic crisis and globalization affect the way in which cultural differences are consumed on a global scale and the way in which the act of cultural consumption has become the defining characteristic of global citizenship.

Since founding the underground writing workshop and press Ergo Sum during Chile’s dictatorial period, Barros has worked as a writing instructor and editor for the past twenty-five years, publishing her students work in the form of handmade book-objects. In addition, Barros is continually recognized for her own work as a writer and was recently nominated for Chile’s esteemed Altazor prize for her 2008 collection of short stories, La Grandmother y otros. Barros will be visiting Bloomington as part of her US tour to promote her most recent bilingual collection of short stories titled Los que sobran/Those Not Spared translated by Jane Griffin
(Indiana University) and Resha Cardone (Southern Connecticut State University).

3. George Stolnitz Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies

Itzik Gotteman
Associate Editor, Yiddish Forverts

Thursday, February 11
7:30 p.m.
Oak Room, IMU

Itzik Gottesman is Associate Editor of the Yiddish Forverts newspaper, now in its 112th year of publication. He has a Ph.D in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught Yiddish language and Jewish Folklore at Penn and the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Defining the Yiddish Nation: The Jewish Folklorists of Poland (2003).

The George J. Stolnitz Memorial Program was established to honor the memory of Indiana University Economics Professor George J. Stolnitz (1920-2001).

George Stolnitz’s distinguished career at Indiana University began in 1956 when he joined the Department of Economics faculty. Professor Stolnitz was internationally recognized for his research on demographic trends and was a frequent consultant to the United Nations and U.S. government agencies. Throughout his career, George lectured around the globe, including in Moscow, Jerusalem, and Brazil. At Indiana University, he served as director of the International Development Research Center before founding the Population Institute for Research and Training.

The Jewish Studies Program is indebted to George and his wife Monique for their generous commitment to the advancement of education in Yiddish language and culture at Indiana University.

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