The Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies is collaborating with the Smithsonian Office of Education to present a special summer seminar on folklife in the classroom:

Grades 3-12
Respect for different heritages comes only with experience and understanding. Let the 1997 Festival of American Folklife show you how to bring the rich diversity of the many cultures of our nation into your classroom. This year the festival features programs on the Mississippi Delta, African immigrants to the Washington, D.C. area, and sacred music. By working closely on-site with festival participants and curators, you'll get a grounding in the folklorist's' methods: observation, documentation, interviewing, and interpreting. As you assist Smithsonian staff with presentations, you'll learn how to adapt what you've learned about folklife to curriculum requirements and classroom assignments. Join the celebration of America's multicultural experience!

The seminar is taught by Marjorie Hunt and Olivia Cadaval, folklorists and education specialists at the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies.

June 27-29 and July 2-3, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, 955 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 2600, Washington, D.C., and the Festival of American Folklife site on the National Mall.


For more information and registration, contact: Stevie Engelke, Smithsonian Office of Education, 202-357-3050.