Rachel Hopkin

Folklorist and Radio Producer

Return from the Folklorists in the South retreat

24 December, 2013

I got back from the Folklorists in the South retreat in Memphis a few days ago, but haven’t had a chance to report on it because of the end-of-semester frenzy (graduation day is less than two weeks away). I had a terrific time though; it was SO good to be among colleagues, many of whom I was meeting for the first time.

Folklorists in the South

I now have various semester paper deadlines looming, need to prepare for some exams AND am off to Las Vegas tomorrow for a short work-related trip, so I ought not to spend much time here waxing lyrical about the retreat. Instead, I urge you to check out The Boiled Down Juice, a terrific blog that Meredith Martin-Moats writes. I was blessed to have to the opportunity to be on a panel on Media Arts with Meredith last Sunday. Besides writing the blog, Meredith also does a column for a local newspaper and some radio work, and it was inspiring to hear her talk about how she uses these various activities to build a sense of community in the rural part of Arkansas where she lives. Anyway, Meredith has already written a couple of good posts about what we got up to in Memphis, so I would urge you to check them out.

In the meantime, back to studying for me…