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Midwest folklorists meet in Illinois

Around a dozen stalwart folklorists, ethnomusicologists, and sympathizers from Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota braved busy times during February 20-21 to gather and share concerns, projects, and ethnic edibles near the shores of Lake Michigan at Illinois State Beach Resort (Zion, IL).

Folklorist Cindy Kerchmar organized the event, with help from Tamara Kubacki (who's now acting as Ethnic and Folk Arts Director of the Illinois Arts Council, formerly tenanted by Sue Eleuterio). Since participants were so rushed this year, they gathered over meals Friday evening, and Saturday morning and noon. Between meals on Saturday, participants briefly shared news of recent projects, lingering on Paul Tyler's beginning journey in search of folk music documentary recordings in Illinois repositories and John Berquist's adventures in encouraging inner city African-American teens in an afterschool program to record their artistic language and poetry.

After lunch, archivist Suzanne Flandreau of the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College in Chicago presented a detailed and harrowing explanation of copyright law and how it applies to folkloristic documentation and contemporary intellectual property rights. Those of us who attended were delighted to join our colleagues and happy to keep the Midwest Folklorists Retreat alive. Some of us had fun swimming in the pool and wilting in the sauna. Anne Pryor has valiantly taken on the job of finding a meeting organizer and location for 2005. Beware you folklorists in Ohio, Iowa, and Indiana!

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