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Benjamin A. Botkin head and shoulders portrait
Folklorist Benjamin A. Botkin, 1926. Photo courtesy of the Botkin family.

Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series

Through the Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series, the American Folklife Center (AFC) presents distinguished experts speaking about their research and current issues and best practices in folklore, folklife, ethnomusicology, and related fields. Lectures are recorded for the AFC archive and posted on the Library's website. (See below for list of speakers and topics.) The series honors Benjamin A. Botkin (1901-1975), a pioneering folklorist who headed the Library's Archive of American Folksong from 1942-1945.

2016 Botkin Lectures

Film Screening: Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business

Kentucky Bourbon Tales
Kentucky Bourbon Tales:
Distilling the Family Business

December 7, 2016
Noon to 1:30 pm
James Madison Building, Room 139

Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries introduces Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business. The documentary draws from oral history interviews conducted by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, introducing viewers to some of the important figures in the Bourbon industry in Kentucky. Produced by the Nunn Center and directed by filmmaker Joanna Hay, the documentary explores the science and art behind the bourbon-making process and details how the beverage became a global phenomenon. The interviews behind the documentary were created as part of the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, a partnership with the Kentucky Distillers' Association. The oral history project is a multi-year effort by the Nunn Center in the University of Kentucky Libraries to document the history of bourbon in the state, and features the stories of the master distillers and bourbon barons from iconic distilleries that participate in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour, including Wild Turkey, Heaven Hill, Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve, Bulleit, Maker's Mark, Four Roses and Jim Beam, as well as the new Michter's Distillery and Independent Stave Cooperage. Boyd will be available to take questions after the film.

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

The December 7 Celebration of Kentucky Continues With:

2:00-4:00 pm: Kentucky Showcase: an exhibit of Kentucky-related materials from the collections of the American Folklife Center, Geography and Maps, Manuscripts, Music, Prints & Photographs, Rare Books and Special Collections and the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound divisions of the Library of Congress. In the Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building. Free.

8:00-9:30 pm: a concert with the Dale Ann Bradley Band: A Bluegrass Concert Celebrating The Library's Collections from Kentucky. Coolidge Auditorium. Free.

Botkin Lecture Series Past Events Archive

Includes descriptions of each lecture, photos, and informational essays from the event flyers. Links to webcasts of lectures are included as available.

2016 Lecture Series

2015 Lecture Series

2014 Lecture Series

2013 Lecture Series

2012 Lecture Series

2011 Lecture Series

2010 Lecture Series

2009 Lecture Series

2008 Lecture Series

2007 Lecture Series

2006 Lecture Series

2005 Lecture Series

2004 Lecture Series


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