PADDY BOWMAN is Founding Director of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education and co-edits the Journal of Folklore and Education (http://www.locallearningnetwork.org). Among other publications are numerous journal articles, the anthology Through the Schoolhouse Door: Folklore, Community, Curriculum, and online education resources such as The Masters of Traditional Arts Education Guide [http://www.mastersoftraditionalarts.org]. She developed the "Educators" Portal and the "For Family Historians" Portal for Folkstreams. She received an M.A. in Folklore from the University of North Carolina and has been honored by the American Folklore Society as a Fellow and received the Benjamin A. Botkin Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Public Folklore.
JOEY BRACKNER (COMMITTEE CHAIR) is the director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, a department of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. As director of the Center, he oversees the Folklife project grants program, which supports efforts by Alabama organizations to present the state's folk traditions as well as the Folk Arts Apprenticeship grants program supporting master folk artists who teach. In addition to grants making, the Center conducts research in order to produce the weekly "Alabama Arts" public radio program, an ongoing series of documentary music CDs and occasional traveling exhibitions. Brackner was co-producer of "Unbroken Tradition" a film documentary on Alabama folk potter, Jerry Brown with Herb Smith of Appalshop. He is the author of "Alabama Folk Pottery" (2006) published by the University of Alabama Press. Starting in 2013, he has been the host of the Alabama Public Television series "Journey Proud." Joey Brackner is a native of Fairfield, Alabama. He received a B. A. in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1977 and a M. A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. He was Humanities Scholar in Residence at the Birmingham Museum of Art prior to being hired as state folklorist in 1985.
BARRY DORNFELD is a management consultant, documentary filmmaker, and educator. His documentary work has been shown on public television and won awards at festivals and competitions, and includes: "Eatala: A Life in Klezmer," "LaVaughn Robinson; Dancing History," "Gandy Dancers," portraying the expressive culture and history of African-American railroad workers in the US, and broadcast nationally on PBS, "Powerhouse for God," about singing and praying in a rural Baptist church in Virginia, and other works on American expressive culture. He received a BA from Tufts University and a PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication, taught at New York University and chaired the Communication Department at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He is a Principal at CFAR, a management consulting firm in Philadelphia, where he works with organizations on strategy and cultural change.
PAUL JONES is Director of ibiblio, a contributor-run digital library of public domain and creative commons media, as well as, Clinical Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina. Jones has published poetry many journals but also in cookbooks, in travel anthologies, in a collection about passion, in a collection about love, and in The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 - Present (from Scribner). Jones was co-chair of the 2010 International World Wide Web Conference. Jones gave up using email on July 1, 2011.
Beverly B. Patterson
BEVERLY B. PATTERSON, consultant, writer and editor, holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from UNC-Chapel Hill. Former director of the North Carolina Folklife Institute and Folklife Specialist at the North Carolina Arts Council, she has served stints as co-editor for Film and Videotape Reviews for the Journal of American Folklore and consultant for films in the American Traditional Culture Series produced jointly by Tom Davenport Films and the UNC Curriculum in Folklore. She was project director and editor for the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area's online Traditional Artist Directory. With Wayne Martin and Daniel Patterson she edited Doug and Jack Wallin: Family Songs and Stories from the North Carolina Mountains (Smithsonian Folkways CD). Her book The Sound of the Dove: Singing in Appalachian Primitive Baptist Churches was published with some of her own documentary recordings. A section editor for the Encyclopaedia of Appalachia (University of Tennessee Press), project director and editor for the Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook (UNC Press), and contributor to Blue Ridge Music Trails: Finding a Place in the Circle (UNC Press), she also co-authored African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, a project of the North Carolina Arts Council and the North Carolina Folklife Institute.
Daniel W. Patterson
DANIEL W. PATTERSON is a Kenan Professor Emeritus of English and former chair of the Curriculum in Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. He taught courses in "British and American Folksong" and "Folklore in the South," founded the Southern Folklife Collection in the UNC library, and authored articles, sound recordings, and eleven books on folklore including The True Image: Gravestone Art and the Culture of Scotch Irish Settlers in the Pennsylvania and Carolina Backcountry, The Shaker Spiritual (awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor Prize), Gift Drawing and Gift Song: A Study of Two Forms of Shaker Inspiration, Sounds of the South, Diversities of Gifts, and Arts in Earnest). In 1997-98 he was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center, and he had a residency in 1999 at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center. He and his wife Beverly Patterson served as Film Review Editors for the Journal of American Folklore from 1991-1993. Between the 1970s and 2016 he collaborated with Tom Davenport on six folklife documentary films. The University of North Carolina Press in 2000 published his book A Tree Accurst: Bobby McMillon and Stories of Frankie Silver, which won a Chicago Folklore Prize and grew out of his collaboration with Tom Davenport on the video The Ballad of Frankie Silver. He and Beverly Patterson also prepared background essays for many films mounted on the Folkstreams website.
TOM RANKIN is Professor of the Practice of Art and Documentary Studies at Duke University where he directs the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. For 15 years he was director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. Rankin is formerly Associate Professor of Art and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and Chair of the Art Department at Delta State University. He is a graduate of Tufts University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Georgia State University. His books include Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography; Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre: Photographs of a River Life (1995); Faulkner's World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain (1997); and Local Heroes Changing America: Indivisible (2000). He recently edited and wrote the introductory essay for the book One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia(2013). His photographs have been collected and published widely, and included in numerous exhibitions. A frequent writer and lecturer on photography, culture, and the documentary tradition, he is the general editor of the Series on Documentary Arts and Culture with the University of North Carolina Press.
Sharon R. Sherman
SHARON R. SHERMAN is Professor Emerita of Folklore and English at the University of Oregon where she directed the Folklore Program for over twenty years. She holds a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University and a Master's degree in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA. Most of her published work has concentrated on the relationship between film and folklore, and perceptions about folklore as revealed by filmmakers and folklorists. Her students have produced a number of films that have had success on Oregon Public Broadcasting and elsewhere. Sherman's films have won awards internationally. Professor Sherman designs and leads video workshops and is a consultant on various arts and humanities projects. She lectures on a variety of subjects, from Oregon folklore, to analyses of ethnicity in America, interpretations of documentary films and the interrelationships between folklore and popular culture. Sherman has served on the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society and as the Film and Videotape Review Editor for the Journal of American Folklore and Western Folklore. She is a Folklore Fellow of the American Folklore Society. Sherman has produced a number of films, including Kid Shoes; Tales of the Supernatural; Passover, A Celebration; Kathleen Ware, Quiltmaker; Spirits in the Wood; Inti Raymi en Quinchuqui; and Whatever Happened to Zulay. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of Documenting Ourselves: Film, Video, and Culture (1998), the first in-depth study of folklore films as a genre of documentary. Other books include Chainsaw Sculptor: The Art of J. Chester Armstrong (1995), a book that grew out of her video fieldwork; and Folklore/Cinema: Popular Film as Vernacular Culture.
JEFF TODD TITON received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.A. (in English) and Ph.D. (in American Studies) from the University of Minnesota, where he studied ethnomusicology with Alan Kagan, writing his dissertation on blues music. He taught folklore, American literature, and ethnomusicology, jointly appointed as a professor in the departments of English and music at Tufts University from 1971-86, then moved to Brown University to direct their PhD program in ethnomusicology until his retirement from teaching in 2013. From 1990 to 1995 he was editor of Ethnomusicology, the Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology. The author or editor of eight books, most recently the Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology (2015), he is also a documentary photographer and filmmaker. Among his films are Powerhouse for God (with Barry Dornfeld and Tom Rankin) and Albert Collins. A Fellow of the American Folklore Society since 1998, he currently serves on its Executive Board. He is known as a pioneer in collaborative fieldwork based in reciprocity and friendship, for bringing applied ethnomusicology into the mainstream of ethnomusicology, and for developing an ecological approach to musical and cultural sustainability. In 2012 he issued an appeal for a sound commons for all living creatures, part of his current project to develop a sound ecology.
Allen Tullos is author of two books of American Studies -- Habits of Industry and Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary and the Heart of Dixie. He is co-founder and senior editor of the online journal Southern Spaces (southernspaces.org) and professor of history at Emory University where he co-directs the Center for Digital Scholarship. Tullos has co-produced documentary films and the online video series Poets in Place (with Natasha Trethewey). His articles and poems have appeared in numerous publications.
Steven M. Weiss
STEVEN M. WEISS has been Curator of the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Audio Technology from American University and a Masters of Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan. As Curator of the SFC, Steve oversees the preservation and access of over a quarter million archival audio and audiovisual recordings.
Steve Zeitlin received his Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in literature from Bucknell University. He is the founding director of City Lore, an organization dedicated to the preservation of New York City's— and America'—living cultural heritage. In 2007, he received the Benjamin Botkin Award from the American Folklore Society for lifetime achievement in public folklore. Zeitlin has also co-produced a number of award winning film documentaries including The Grand Generation; Free Show Tonight on the traveling medicine shows of the l920s and 30s; and the recently completed From Mambo to Hip Hop, broadcast on public television in the fall of 2006, and winner of an Alma award in the Best Documentary category. He has documented, recorded and fallen in love with carnival pitches, children’s rhymes, family stories, subway stories, ancient cosmologies, and oral poetry traditions from around the world.