A lecture in this series is held every spring. Named for Richard M. Dorson, this series honors the Indiana University professor credited with establishing folklore studies as an academic discipline in the United States. Professor Dorson directed the IU Folklore Institute for many years, beginning in 1956. He later chaired the Folklore department, until his death in 1981.
Richard M. Dorson Lecture
"Choreography of Career: A Folklorist’s Evolving Perspective on Folklore, Heritage, and Museums"
“Welfare, Politics, and Folklore”
“Whatever Happened to Convivència? Collective Performance From the Spanish Transition to the Catalan Crisis”
“Dorson’s Science of Folklore: Into the Woods and the Political Arena”
“Value, Ownership, and Cultural Goods”
“Snapshots from Katrina to Ebola: Rumor and Race in the 21st Century”
“The Poetics of Preparedness: A Folkloristic Perspective on the Making of Medical Panics”
“The Fieldwork Contract, the Involuntary Frame, and the Voice beyond Me”
“Speaking About and Speaking for: Representing an Afghan Family in Peace and War”
“The Zoot Suit Kid Goes Global: From Tango to Hip Hop”