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Suzanne Ingalsbe Earns M.A. with Thesis Exhibition and Paper on Indiana Instrument Builders

Continuing with a theme… Congratulations to Suzanne Ingalsbe on the completion of her M.A. in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. Suzanne’s thesis project centered on the building of a gallery exhibition exploring the work and works of a large number of Indiana makers of musical instruments. This exhibition, which was staged last spring at the John Waldron Arts Center, was an extension of a long term research and interpretation project pursued by Traditional Arts Indiana. (Learn more about the broader project here.) The exhibition was attractive, lively, well-researched, and well-received. In her accompanying paper, Suzanne documented the behind the scenes work that went into the exhibition and set it within the larger contexts of scholarship related to the history of artistic and ethnographic museum display and conceptual debates within folklore studies. Great job Suzanne.

Contemplating YouTube and the Work of Folklore and Ethnology

Just a moment ago, I watched a short video produced by my colleague Jon Kay and his collaborators at Traditional Arts Indiana, the public folklore research and programming unit associated with the IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology in which we both work. The film is a very nice introduction to John Schoolman, an (almost 100 year old) carver of walking sticks. It is a worthy token of a larger ethnographic project. What I want to observe out loud is the fact that my viewing of the clip was the 2699th. As open access advocates and research librarians could quickly note, very few scholarly works published in print-only or toll access venues every achieve such audiences. Congratulations to Jon and his team for making the valuable work of TAI available in a way that is clearly being valued by many stakeholders

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