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.
2017 Botkin Lectures
Repatriating the Alan Lomax Haitian Recordings in Post-Quake Haiti,
Gage Averill, Dean of Arts, University of British Columbia
March 15, 2017
Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor
Thomas Jefferson Building
In 2009, ethnomusicologist Gage Averill edited and compiled the CD box set Alan Lomax in Haiti 1936-1937 and wrote the accompanying Grammy-nominated notes. The selected recordings were selected from the original Lomax’s field recordings and materials in the Library of Congress American Folklife Center archive. Averill will speak about the project and the difficulties, as well as the joys and discoveries made in the process of returning the recordings to Haiti in the period after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Includes descriptions of each lecture, photos, and informational essays
from the event flyers. Links to webcasts of lectures are included as available.
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