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Category: "Anthropology and Folklife"

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Understanding Past Native American Cultures in the Hudson Valley Through Archaeology

Eugene J. Boesch, Mahopac
The presentation will focus on Native Americans in the Hudson Valley, from its earliest occupation by humans, at least 12,000 years ago, to the period of initial European Contact.

Protest & Celebration: Community Murals in New York City

Jane Weissman, New York
The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote, "Murals are the people's blackboard." From prehistoric cave paintings to today's painted walls, via Italian Renaissance frescoes and the work of Mexico's Los Tres Grande, community murals have beautified, educated, celebrated, protested, organized and, on occasion, inspired action.

America the Beautiful: Women and the Flag

Trudie Grace, New York
This slide-illustrated lecture focuses on women with the American flag or wearing flag-inspired outfits in posters, on sheet music covers, on postcards, etc., from 1860 through 1945.

Images of the African Diaspora in New York City Community Murals

Jane Weissman, New York
Based on the traveling exhibition of the same title, "Images of the African Diaspora in New York City Community Murals" explores how African and Caribbean art, history, religion and myth have influenced mural themes and content.

Johnny Bull Beware! Songs of the War of 1812

Linda Russell, New York
Playing hammered and mountain dulcimer and guitar, balladeer Linda Russell explores the War of 1812 through the music of the day.

"Oh What a Charming City": New York City in Folk and Popular Song

Robert L. Cohen, Fresh Meadows
Take a musical guided tour in song of life and love in New York City, from the 18th century to today.

From Wiseguys to Wise Men: Masculinities and the Italian American Gangster

Fred Gardaphe, New York
This talk presents the gangster as an archetype of rebellious behavior and explains why the gangster has become a controversial and necessary figure in U.S. Culture

The Lenape: Lower New York's First Inhabitants

David Oestreicher, White Plains
Who were the original inhabitants of lower New York? What were they like, and what remains of their culture today? Learn the true story of the Lenape -- not the romanticized figures of popular mythology or new-age literature, but a living people as they really are.

Art in Food and Food in Art

Peter G. Rose, South Salem
Lusciously illustrated slide-talk on food and drink seen in the 17th century Dutch Masters, and their relevance to the American kitchen today.

Linguine and Lust: Food and Sex in Italian American Culture

Fred Gardaphe, New York
This talk examines how Italian and American cultures have developed quite different attitudes toward food and sex, and how they have created Italian American culture. Of the many ways in which Italians have been stereotyped, the two most prominenent (besides the gangster stereotype) are as lovers of food and sex. The image goes back perhaps as far as the days of the Roman Empire, against which Christianity grew as an anorexic antidote to the sensual excesses of the infamous Roman decadence. American culture, with its Puritan foundations, has been characterized by a straitlaced attitude toward sex and a spiceless approach to food. The tensions between Italian and U.S. Anglo American culture, then, can be seen as they are played out in public and in private, at the dinner table and in the bedroom. When Italians began immigrating to America in numbers that drew the attention of government agencies, their diets were often characterized as anti-American. This talk explores the differences between the two cultures, and how their attitudes toward food and sex combine to creat Italian American culture.

"My Future is in America": Yiddish Immigrant Autobiographies

Daniel Soyer, Brooklyn
This lecture includes readings and discussion of a remarkable group of immigrant autobiographies, all written in 1942, and translated from the Yiddish.

"I'm Right, You're Right, He's Right Too": Multiple Perspectives in Jewish Humor and Folklore

Steve Zeitlin, New York
This lecture discusses how Jewish people, as outsiders in the Diaspora, have used stories, jokes, and parables to negotiate their place in the world.

New York City: Algonquin at the Core

Nadema Agard, N/A
A Multimedia Presentation by Nadema Agard (Powhatan/Cherokee/Lakota) to include Algonquin inspired art, cosmology, culture and history of the original New York City planners.

In the Good Old Colony Days: Songs of Early America

Linda Russell, New York
Balladeer Linda Russell presents a look at the 18th century America through ballads, broadsides, love songs, marches, drinking songs and dance tunes.

Songs America Voted By: Campaign Songs of the 19th Century

Linda Russell, New York
In a lively exploration of our political campaigns past, balladeer Linda Russell sings the songs and ditties that drove Americans to the polls and informed their voting in the 19th century.

Of Time and the River: Songs of the Historic Hudson

Linda Russell, New York
Linda Russell explores the history of the Hudson River Valley through folk ballads, Revolutionary War songs, Erie Canal ditties and dance tunes.

The Mexican Muralist Movement and the American Artists It Influenced

Jaime Arredondo, Long Island City
Mexico's rich cultural heritage has attracted artists from all over the world -- and led to a cross-fertilization of ideas between some of the greatest artists of Mexico and the United States.

Dutch Influence on the American Kitchen and Life

Peter G. Rose, South Salem
A discussion of Dutch colonial foodways, which still influence America's kitchen today.

Leaving Little Italy: Last Words on a Locale

Fred Gardaphe, New York
Little Italys aren't what they used to by. Explore why this is so through a study of real and fictional accounts in literature and film.

Pocahontas: An Algonquin Icon

Nadema Agard, N/A
This lecture explores the legendary figure from Algonquin traditional, Western historical, and contemporary Algonquin women's perspectives.

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