East Carolina University will host the 99th annual meeting of the North Carolina Folklore Society from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 31 in Room 1031, Bate Building.
The meeting theme is “Resilience,” with topics of discussion to include resilience and identity, community responses to environmental and social change, and the role of folklife in community-based economic development.
“We will explore the ways communities in eastern North Carolina creatively address changes in the environment and the economy, and the way cultural practices adapt and flex to maintain their meaning and relevance in a changing landscape,” said Steven Kruger, conference organizer.
An awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in Room C207 of the Science and Technology Building to honor winners of the 2012 Brown-Hudson and Community Traditions Awards. The Brown-Hudson Award was created in 1970 in memory of Frank C. Brown of Duke University, a prolific documenter of North Carolina folklife, and Arthur Palmer Hudson, a UNC professor and founder of the society’s journal. The Community Traditions award honors the organizations and groups who engage in or support folklife and traditional culture in North Carolina.
The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, or to register for the meeting, visit www.ncfolkloresociety.org.