field school on disability and community

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From: Kelly Pierce <kelly at>

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There is a web page listed at the bottom of this message if you would like
to see this information on the Web. Thank you.

Documenting Local Culture:
An Introductory Field School on "Disability and Community"
June 9 - July 1, 2001
Bloomington, Indiana

Are you interested in learning how to:

· document the cultural resources of your community or region through
the use of photography, sound recordings, ethnographic fieldwork and
other methods?
· preserve documentary materials for future generations?
· build community through the creation of exhibitions, publications
and other examinations and celebrations of local culture?

If you are, then you should apply to become a participant in an
exciting and intensive three-week field school called Documenting
Local Culture, sponsored by the Indiana University Folklore Institute,
The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, and the American
Folklife Center (Library of Congress).

This three-week-long field school will be an immersion experience. It
offers hands-on training in professional techniques for cultural
documentation, including archiving, interviewing, still photography,
ethnographic writing, project planning, research ethics, computer
applications, and the development of community-building participation
programs. Trainers are experienced specialists, who will provide
lectures, workshops, discussions, curriculum materials, and supervised
fieldwork experiences.

"Disability and Community" will be the focus of the 2001 field school,
to be held in Bloomington, Indiana. Field school participants will
work closely with local residents with and without disabilities to
document the history and experience of disability in the community.
Their gathered materials will be later used to launch a local "Museum
of the Person," a format that uses the web to present life stories of
persons whose voices often are submerged in official history and
community planning.

Who Should Apply?
The field school is designed for adults who have a strong interest in
cultural documentation, but little or no previous training or
experience in this area. Preference will be given to persons who are
in a position to utilize newly learned skills upon returning to their
home communities. School teachers, museum curators, local historians,
leaders of cultural groups and foundations, librarians, community
organizers and activists, and undergraduate and graduate students are
invited to apply. Persons with disabilities, professionals in the
field of disabilities, and members of minority groups are especially
urged to apply. Indiana residents will be given preference, but
residents of other states are welcome to apply.

Dates and Location
The field school will begin on Saturday, June 9, 2001, and conclude on
Sunday, July 1, 2001. Participants requiring housing will make
independent arrangements with Indiana University Residence Halls.
Field documentation will focus on Bloomington and nearby communities.

Cost, Housing, and Credit Options
Registration fee for the field school is $750 for the entire
three-week package. The package includes most meals, instruction,
equipment, and all course materials. A non-refundable deposit of $375
will be required upon acceptance; the balance will be due by May 11.

Fee scholarships will be granted according to need and available
funds. Please specify need and required amount on the application form

Housing arrangements on the IU campus may include single rooms as well
as apartments, which may be shared. Rate information is not available
at this time but may range from $250 per person for Residence Halls
rooms to $450 per person for shared apartments. For rate and
application information contact Inta Carpenter, address below.

Optional class credit hours available. Participants may sign up for
1-3 IU undergraduate or graduate credits, by registering for F404/804
or E400/E600. Tuition costs as follows: Undergraduate Indiana
residents $121.80 per credit; non-residents, $404.90. Graduate Indiana
residents $168.69 per credit, non-residents  $491.15 per credit.
Registration information for non-Indiana University students is
available from Mitchell Byler, College of Arts and Sciences, IU,
mbyler at

An application form is attached at the web page. A total of 15
participants will be selected from the pool of applicants. There is a
rolling application deadline. Application review will begin in March,
2001, and continue until all 15 spaces are filled.

For more information, contact one of the co-directors: Dr. Inta
Carpenter, Director Special Projects, Indiana University, Department
of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, 504 North Fess, Bloomington, IN
47408, (812) 855-8049, carpente at Dr. Philip B. Stafford,
Director, Center on Aging and Community, 2853 East Tenth, Bloomington,
IN 47408-2696, (812) 855-2163, staffor at Dr. David A.
Taylor, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington,
D.C. 20540-4610, (202) 707-1737, dtay at Or visit:

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