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Collaboration and Facilitation: The Road to Cultural Democracy

“Collaboration and Facilitation: The Road to Cultural Democracy”

Felicia McMahon and Benjamin Virgilio
National Museum of African Art, lecture hall (Washington DC)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 1 pm.

Dr. McMahon is a research professor of anthropology at Syracuse University. She will discuss her experiences as a public folklorist working with a group of DiDinga Sudanese refugees to preserve their culture and to convey the meaning of their rituals through public performances at places such as the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn and the Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse. Benjamin Virgilio, a young man from the DiDinga community in Syracuse, New York, will discuss the impact of this collaboration on him and his community.

Dr. McMahon is the author of Not Just Childs Play: Emerging Tradition and the Lost Boys of Sudan, which in 2008 won the American Folklore Societys prestigious Chicago Folklore Prize. A tea and book signing will follow the presentation. All author royalties from the sale of the book are donated to Syracuses DiDinga Lost Boys.

For more information, see http://www.nyfolklore.org/pubs/voic35-1-2/mcmahon.html and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-JA8DRKU70.

This program is part of an occasional series hosted jointly by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies and the Smithsonian Heritage Months Steering Committee, and for this event, the National Museum of African Art. The series features colleagues doing innovative work in the fields of community outreach and heritage. For further information please contact Philippa Rappoport at rappoph@si.edu.

"Food For Thought," with George Kilpatrick, used with permission from WCNY-TV.

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