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The Cooperstown Graduate Program awards Henry Glassie the 2011 Bruce Buckley Lectureship

April 4, 2011

The Cooperstown Graduate Program awards Henry Glassie the 2011 Bruce Buckley Lectureship

(March 30, 2011) Cooperstown, NY – The Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) awarded Henry Glassie the 2011 Bruce Buckley Lectureship. He will give his presentation, Learning from the Vernacular: History FromArchitecture, at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 14 in the Fenimore Art Museum auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Henry Glassie is a member of the graduate program’s inaugural class of 1965. At CGP, he found not only intellectual guidance, but also a camaraderie with fellow students, professors, and community members. “I simply loved my time in Cooperstown,” Glassie said. “I was deeply involved in everything that was going on and I loved it.”

Glassie would become synonymous for the first wave of folklorists who radically redefine how to interpret information found in the field, and his passion has taken Glassie around the world. In addition to his then seminal work, Folk Housing in Middle Virginia: A Structural Analysis of Historic Artifacts (1975), he has produced a body of work focusing on Ireland (Passing theTime in Ballymenone, 1982), Turkey (Turkish Traditional Art Today, 1993), and Bangladesh (Art and Life in Bangladesh, 1997). His latest work, Prince Twins Seven-Seven (2010), follows the life and creative journey of Nigerian artist Prince Twins Seven-Seven. Glassie always juggles a number of projects. Current ventures include a study on Japanese potters who craft the ceremonial instruments for Japanese tea ceremonies, and the vibrant culture of folk art in Brazil.

The Bruce Lectureship brings a significant folklorist to Cooperstown each year to lecture on their current research for students and members of the local community. Glassie’s presentation will draw upon his publications and diverse fieldwork, in Cooperstown and beyond.

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