Folk Studies 50th Anniversary Speaker Series

(270) 745-5896
1444 Kentucky Street | Bowling Green, KY 42101
Location: Western Room at the Kentucky Museum
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February 23 - March 23, 2023

Location: 1444 Kentucky Street, Western Room at the Kentucky Museum, KY

Phone: (270) 745-5896

Time: 5:30 PM

Price: Free

Celebrating 50 years of the Folk Studies Graduate Program at WKU, the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology is commemorating this golden anniversary celebration with a series of five speakers marking five decades of folklore graduate studies at WKU. Speakers will include both alumni and former faculty. All talks are free and open to the public and will take place at 5:30pm in the Western Room at the Kentucky Museum.  

The 50th anniversary speaker series will kick off with David Puglia (September 15) who received his MA in Folk Studies at WKU in 2010. Dr. Puglia is now Associate Professor at Bronx Community College, and his most recent book, North American Monsters: A Contemporary Legend Casebook (2022), inspires his talk, entitled "Legendary Monsters, Creatures, and Cryptids: A Folklorist's Introduction to Strange and Mysterious Beings."

Additional speakers in the series will include: Erika Brady, WKU Folk Studies Professor Emeritus and co-host of Barren River Breakdown on WKYU Public Radio (November 17th); Marilyn M. White, former WKU Folk Studies professor, retired professor of anthropology and Africana Studies at Kean University, and current President of the American Folklore Society (February 23rd); Peggy Bulger, WKU Folk Studies MA 1975, Former Director of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (March 23); and Michael Ann Williams, WKU Folk Studies Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Department Head of Folk Studies & Anthropology. 

Folklore studies began at WKU in 1917 when Gordon Wilson called for the collection of folklore of the region. In the decades to follow, folklore faculty members were hired, and classes were offered in the department of English, with many cross-listed in anthropology. By 1972, folklore faculty included Lynwood Montell and Camilla Collins and others, the Center for Intercultural Studies was established, headed by Montell, and the MA program was created. The first degree in Folk Studies was granted in 1973.*


Folk Studies 50th Anniversary Speaker Series