TERRE HAUTE -- Indiana State University will host the annual Hoosier Folklore Conference on Dec. 5 and 6. The statewide conference entitled "Sense of Place," will include presentations by noted folklore experts from around the country.
Nan McEntire, assistant professor of English at ISU and head of the Hoosier Folklore Society, says of the 2002 conference, "In keeping with this year's theme, the presentations will be given by people coming to ISU from all corners of the country. Even those from Indiana will be talking about folklore in places as far away as Turkey and Norway."
On Dec. 5, a Schick lecture will be given by Daryl Cumber Dance, professor of English at the University of Richmond, Va. Dance, an authority on African American folklore, will give a talk entitled "'I Put the Tale Back Where I Found It': Feeling the Past Through the Warmth of the Human Voice'" at 1 p.m. in Root Hall, Room A-264.
Other Schick lectures on Dec. 5, also in Root Hall A-264, include "Unrivaled Charms: Folklore, Non-Fiction and Lafcadio Hearn's 'Creole' Years" by Frank de Caro, professor emeritus of English at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., and "The Frontier Writer's Mind: Journeys On and Beyond Land" given by Ken Waldman, poet and musician from Anchorage, Alaska. Waldman will play the fiddle as part of his presentation.
The Hoosier Folklore Society will conduct its annual meeting Dec. 6, in Hulman Memorial Student Union, Room 307. Registration and refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m. with the programs beginning at 9 a.m.
Talks will be given throughout the day by folklorists including Simon Bronner, distinguished university professor of American studies at Pennsylvania State University; Henry Glassie, college professor of folklore at Indiana University; Sandra Dolby, professor of Folklore at Indiana University; and David Stanley, professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Founded in 1938, the Hoosier Folklore Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and studying the traditional culture of Indiana and the Midwest.
The Society conducts annual meetings and publishes a semiannual journal, "Midwestern Folklore." The Society also cooperates with the folklore and history section of the American Folklore Society in publishing annually "The Folklore Historian."
McEntire speaks of the value of the conference to the public, "Folklore is a part of everyday life and not just a relic from the past. One goal of the conference is to make people notice that folklore is all around them."
All events are free and open to the public, but registration for Friday's events is advised. Those interested should call the ISU Office of Community and Professional Programs at (812) 237-4011 and indicate that they wish to register for the Hoosier Folklore Society Annual Meeting. To register online for Friday's events, visit www.indstate.edu/nocredit and click on the link "Register now for the Hoosier Folklore Society Annual Meeting." For more information and the entire conference schedule, visit the Hoosier Folklore Society Web site at