Guha Shankar: “The AFC just launched a Storymap on the Freedom struggle in the formative stages of the Civil Rights History Project. It has been a most mind-opening and inspiring journey to work with so many talented folklorists and fellow travelers in history, libraries/archives, digital content management, etc. to document, sustain, curate and broaden the public discourse and knowledge of the topic. And it has been a privilege like few other experiences.”
Here’s the blog about the initiative –
The Terrain of Freedom: Mapping Stories about People and Places in the African American Struggle for Justice, Rights, & Equality December 4, 2019 by Guha Shankar
…and the Storymap itself is here….
On the Protest Playgrounds of Life
When democracy is under attack,
What do we do?
Stand up fight back!
When the Constitution is under attack,
What do we do?
Stand up fight back!
When our rights are under attack,
What do we do?
Stand up fight back! (2x)
(Call) Who is above the law?
(Response) Nobody’s above the law!
(Call) Is Trump above the law?
(Response) Nobody’s above the law!
When I say Impeach
You say REMOVE
Ain’t no power like the power of the people,
‘cuz the power of the people won’t stop!
Hey, hey, Ho, Ho
Donald Trump has got to go
Hey, hey, ho ho
House and Senate can make him go
(Call) Show me what democracy looks like!
(Response) This is what democracy looks like!
Impeach Trump and don’t you wait!
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Supreme Court, Finally, Takes Up Google v. Oracle
The court’s involvement is sure to reignite a 50-year-old debate over how much, if any, software should be subject to copyright, and the contours of the fair use defense in the digital age.
New sign pops up to warn of mythical Bogus Basin Road ‘trolls’
Demonstrators to scan public faces in DC to show lack of facial recognition laws
Scammers deepfake CEO’s voice to talk underling into $243,000 transfer
I’m the Google whistleblower. The medical data of millions of Americans is at risk
Elizabeth Warren rips into billionaires who oppose wealth tax in scathing ad
While Everyone Was Watching Impeachment Hearings, DOJ Argued Roger Stone Lied to Protect Trump
Del Mar insurance exec gets longest sentence yet in college bribery scheme
Ohio House passes bill allowing student answers to be scientifically wrong due to religion
Zuckerberg’s business is no longer sustainable.
Facebook now had to concede that there was no foolproof way to stop those voices from saying things that were unfactual or malevolent, or to stop their friends and followers from believing them.
The chief executive was forced to admit that his platform, far from solving social problems, had given rise to some thorny ones of its own. In his bracing rhetoric about the rise of the Chinese internet, you could even see the contours of Zuckerberg’s nightmare — of the virtuous cycle becoming a vicious one, with the gravitational pull of Facebook reversing, spinning its billions of users and their monetizable conversations out of his platform and inexorably toward China, toward despotism, toward dystopia: a TikTok of a boot stamping on a human face, forever.
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Balla Kouyaté plays at the National Heritage Fellowships Concert on Sept. 20 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall in Washington D.C. (Courtesy Tom Pich and National Endowment for the Arts)
As a boy in Mali, Balla Kouyaté remembers playing the balafon to motivate workers on a farm. He was so small, he had to stand on a large rock to be seen by the crowd. An opportunity like that would often provide his family with enough food for at least six months, if not a year. The bubbling, penetrating sound of this African ancestor of the xylophone was an essential part of his upbringing, as consistent as laughter, an extension of himself.
“This is a constant sound in the family,” Kouyaté said during a recent interview, “a constant sound. Like as long as we’re not sleeping, you would hear this instrument.”
Orff Schulwerk Music For Children using the bass, alto xylophone and the glockenspiel
On Estonia’s Isle of Women a Colorful Folkloric Way of Life Survives
Welcome to Estonia’s Isle of Women
What would life be like without men? On this tiny Baltic island, it’s business as usual. But its colorful, folkloric way of life is threatened by a dwindling population.
Martin Koenig: “Sound Portraits from Bulgaria and the Balkans: Photographs and Recordings”
Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
Smithsonian Folkways Presents ‘Sound Portraits From Bulgaria: A Journey To A Vanished World’ (Out Nov. 1)
Martin Koenig arrived in Bulgaria in 1966 at age 27 with letters of recommendation from fellow recordist Alan Lomax and anthropologist Margaret Mead, an educator and cultural documentarian determined to study the folk dances of rural communities throughout the country. As he travelled, absorbing the culture and speaking with the people he encountered, Koenig became captivated by the earthy and ancient, yet very much alive, music he heard all around him. He recorded the music he was exposed to, and took photographs of not only dancers, but the village singers and musicians as well as those going about their daily lives around these hotbeds of creative expression. Enraptured with the people of Bulgaria, their way of life and the art they made, he returned several times between 1966 and ‘79, documenting everything he could.
Sound Portraits from Bulgaria: A Journey to a Vanished World
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6 p.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium
Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Free – Online Reservation required
For over two decades, starting in the mid-1960s, ethnographer and Balkan dance specialist, Martin Koenig researched and documented traditional Bulgarian music and dance forms in their original settings. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Koenig comes to the Library to reveal a forgotten and vanishing culture with archival photographs and audio.
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Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generations.” ~ Edward Sapir
“There are nine different words for the color blue in the Spanish Maya dictionary,” writes Earl Shorris, “but just three Spanish translations, leaving six [blue] butterflies that can be seen only by the Maya, proving that when a language dies six butterflies disappear from the consciousness of the earth.”
Why are some languages spoken faster than others?
New research suggests that different tongues, regardless of speed, transmit information at roughly the same rate
Sep 28 2019
WERE THIS article written in Japanese, it would be longer. A Thai translation, meanwhile, would be shorter. And yet those reading it aloud, in either language or in its original English, would finish at roughly the same time. This peculiar phenomenon is the subject of new research which finds that languages face a trade-off between complexity and speed. Those packed with information are spoken slower, while simpler ones are spoken faster. As a result, most languages are equally efficient at conveying information.
In a study published this month in Science Advances, Christophe Coupé, Yoon Mi Oh, Dan Dediu and François Pellegrino start by quantifying the information density of 17 Eurasian languages, as measured by the ease with which each syllable can be guessed based on the preceding one. Next, they record the rate at which 170 native speakers read 15 texts out loud. Finally, armed with data about the information contained in a piece of text and the speed at which it can be spoken, the authors derive the rate at which information is communicated.
The results suggest that there is an optimal range of speeds within which the brain can process information most efficiently. Speakers of simple languages pick up the pace to keep conversations brief. Speakers of complex languages exert more effort planning sentences and articulating syllables, causing discussions to drag on. Yet in both cases, information is conveyed at about the same pace. “It is like bird wings,” says Dr Coupé, one of the authors, “you may have big ones that need few beats per second or you have to really flap the little ones you got, but the result is pretty much the same in terms of flying.”
Workers’ Tales: Socialist Fairy Tales, Fables, and Allegories from
Great Britain. Edited by Michael Rosen. 2018. Princeton: Princeton
University Press. 316 pages. ISBN: 978-0-691-17534-8 (soft cover).
Reviewed by Simon Poole
This edited collection offers a tripartite selection of tales that
use traditional stories or traditional story forms; allegorical fairy
tales and fables; and moral tales. All of which were originally
published in various British periodicals between 1884 and 1914. It
also includes fairy tale illustrations and political images of the
period, which add some further interest but are not critically
examined in any way. The tales or socialist stories themselves are
presented unaffectedly yet clearly, allowing the reader to engage in
a period and cultural form that had a defined political intent: to
make socialism attractive and intelligible to children. It is this
very intention, and the possibility for it to be critiqued, that this
publication enables. The richness of metaphor in the tales, the
shared tropes of the socialist movement, and the explicit — or as
Rosen describes it — emblematic and symbolic language is exposed to
reveal clear and moving links between art, education, and politics.
It is within the copulae of these ideas that the stories of
resistance still echo in our time, and why this publication is an
unnervingly apposite read given the current political climate.
Rosen also provides thorough and illuminating concluding sections,
which provide explicative notes on aspects of the tales; citations
for the tales; alphabetically listed, biographical information on the
authors; and contextual information on the journals that first
featured the tales.
Before chronologically presenting these tales (some written by
luminaries such as William Morris), the work contextualizes their
original manifestation and historical usage by way of a detailed and
persuasively written introduction. Persuasive, that is, in regards to
the contemporary potential of the works. As Rosen points out in his
concluding paragraph, displaying or exposing societal structures and
processes through story allows the listener or reader to see how
these structures and processes “make the majority of people’s lives
such a struggle” (18).
The introduction is an innovative means of recontextualizing the
tales for the politics of our age; it offers them as a
counterculture, an alternative perhaps to what might be described as
a media-driven, late-capitalist society that otherwise imbibes
political standpoints from seemingly and increasingly extreme or
polarized perspectives. The book as a whole, then, while indubitably
being a fascinating and thorough piece of research in itself, could
also be used pedagogically in the classroom. The value would be to
open up debate; to present alternative perspectives; to challenge the
means by which politics is communicated to young people as a static
There is, of course, a situation in which the book might have less or
become of doubtful value or success. This would be if it were read
entirely as an ad hominem argument for a political ideology. Although
it should be stressed it does not read as if it were written with
this intention, to explain, I would call upon the reasons for which
folklorist Herman Bausinger wished to ally folkloristics more with
sociology than with any other discipline. Writing just after the
growth of nationalism and fascism of the Second World War, Bausinger
(1961) recognized that a balance was desperately needed that
disconnected folklore and political nationalism; that they had had a
long and at times unfortunate relationship. The manipulation of
cultural tradition and folklore into differing political ideologies
through the ages had in his view caused tragedy after tragedy. In
short, when folkloric items are misrepresented as the “spirit of the
nation,” often through a humanistic yet romantic lens, they can be
used in a nefarious manner, irrespective of the leaning of the
political machine willing the connection.
Nonetheless, the presentation of the works in this book successfully
avoid this pitfall, due to the careful rendering of the political in
a historical way. Ambiguously, though, the tales are not entirely
historicized, in that they are highlighted as relevant still today.
As such, they could be used or positioned in a methopedagogic sense
or within a framework of critical pedagogy to consider, for example,
the governmental mandate for primary schools in the education system
of the United Kingdom to teach “British Values.” As stimuli for
debate on this topic alone, the tales have great worth.
All in all, this publication is a timely yet time-honored evocation
of the enduring issues of inequality, injustice, and exploitation.
Bausinger, Hermann. Volkskultur in der technischen Welt. Stuttgart:
W. Kohlhammer GmbH, 1961.
“Head of National Trust Doesn’t Understand Folklore Despite Folklorist’s Attempts at Education.”
UK’s National Trust Maintains That Folklore Is “Dying Out” Due to Social Media
Mythical tales about mermaids, warriors and hidden treasure, walnuts to cure brain disease, dead beetles causing rain.
Such folklore has long been passed down from one generation to the next, enchanting children whilst also binding families and communities together.
But the National Trust has warned that advances in technology and social media is causing traditional mythology to die out as it is no longer relevant to modern lives.
It said that in a world dominated by smart phones and the internet, superstitions that were once believed to save the lives of miners and tales of magical blacksmiths were no longer of interest to children who have never ridden a horse or put coal on the fire.
Jessica Monaghan, the National Trust’s Head of Experiences and Programming, called on the public to share its knowledge of folklore from different regions of the UK in a bid to keep it alive.