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What's Happening at the American Folklife Center

Throughout the year, the Center sponsors workshops, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and conferences (on its own and in cooperation with other Library of Congress offices and outside agencies) in order to educate the American people about the importance of their own cultural traditions and the traditions of others. All events are free and do not require tickets unless otherwise noted.

Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or [email protected]

2018 Events






March 21, 2018 Noon-1:00 Professor Horn’s Punch & Judy talk and show for adults. Presented by Mark Walker. Homegrown Events Series Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
April 4, 2018 Noon-1:30 "The Theory and Practice of Folklore in Cajun and Creole Louisiana," Barry Jean Ancelet, Professor Emeritus, University of Louisiana Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
April 19, 2018 Noon-1:30 Sattriya Dance Company with the Dancing Monks of Assam
Traditional Dance from Assam, India
Coolidge Auditorium Free
May 2, 2018 10:30-11 AM Professor Horn’s Punch & Judy show for children (about age 4-9). Presented by Mark Walker. Homegrown Events Series. Co-sponsored by the Young Reader's Center. [This event, previously scheduled for March 21, has been postponed due to the weather] Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
May 8, 2018 Noon-1:30 "My Secret Autobiography": The Letters of Ballad Scholar Francis James Child to William Ellery Sedgwick, Michael Bell, Transylvania University Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building


2018 Awards

Applications for the Archie Green Fellowships in ethnographic documentation of occupational culture, the Gerald E. and Corinne Parsons Award for Ethnography at the Library of Congress, and the Henry Reed Fund Award will be accepted through March 12, 2018. Follow the links for details.

The American Folklife Center Internship Program Fund made possible with initial seed support from former AFC staff member Peter Bartis

Beginning in summer, 2018, the American Folklife Center will offer the first round of internships from the American Folklife Center Internship Program Fund.

The fund will support 2 interns per year to work with staff at the AFC on individualized projects related to the collections and work of the AFC.

The program will offer professional development experiences, introduce interns to the research collections at the AFC (and the Library), develop critical skills related to documentation, archival practice, and cultural heritage research and programs. Paid internships will be 8-12 weeks in duration and stipends will vary depending on length of internship. Individuals will apply through an open application process. Internships will begin in the summer of 2018.  AFC is committed to continuing this program for ten years, with an intention to make it permanent. But that will depend on folks like you…

To make a donation to the AFC Internship Program Fund, donate online. Copy and paste or type in the "Other" box the name of the fund: Fund #651265 – American Folklife Center Internship.

Past Events

Find descriptions and webcasts of past American Folklife Center events, including Botkin Lectures and film screenings; Civil Rights History Events; Homegrown Concerts; and Symposia.

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