Some tidbits gathered from the ether:

  • Interesting little column in the Magic Valley (ID) Times-News concerning some regional twists on pronunciation, by Steve Crump.
  • Pat Jasper helped to revive the Juneteenth Celebration last week in Houston. Read more in the Houston Chronicle.
  • Kay Turner gave a talk in San Francisco last week concerning the emergence of the area’s queer community traditions.
  • And for students out there, the application deadline for the American Folklore Society’s Archie Green Student Travel Award has been extended. From committee chair Amy Mills: “The AFS Public Programs Section will provide up to three awards of up to $500 each, named for folklorist and activist Archie Green of San Francisco, to students to defray costs for traveling to the meeting. The Section is interested in supporting graduate and undergraduate students who have an interest in working as public folklorists or who have chosen an area of public folklore as a primary topic of research.
    Application materials will consist of: (1) a two-page letter written by the applicant, (2) a letter of support written by a faculty member or public folklorist that describes the student’s interest in public folklore and supports the student’s plan for using the AFS meeting to further her or his interests in public folklore, and (3) a budget outlining anticipated expenses. The applicant’s letter should address her/his interest in public folklore, goals for attending the meeting, and plans for using the resources of the meeting to further her/his academic and/or professional development. Previous recipients of student travel awards are not eligible to apply.

    The deadline for receipt of applications has been extended to July 15, 2008. Awards will be announced by August 15. To apply, send three copies of all materials to Archie Green Student Travel Awards review committee chair Amy Mills, Northwest Folklife, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle WA 98109 USA; if you have questions, please contact her at amy[at]nwfolklife[dot]org or acmills[at]gmail[dot]com.”

There you have it. -Ross