Work’s Many Voices: A Memorial Symposium in Honor of Archie Green
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009
Symposium 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Reception 5 p.m. | Concert 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Special Collections Library
Free and open to the public
Registration required: RSVP to Liza Terll, Friends of the Library (email@example.com, 919-962-4207)
View symposium schedule (updated Nov. 16)
Folklorist Archie Green will be remembered in a day-long symposium and evening concert Nov. 21 at UNC.
Green, who died in March at the age of 91, played a central role in establishing the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library. His personal and professional archives are part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Green’s experiences as a shipwright and union activist informed his later work as a scholar, said Steve Weiss, head of the Southern Folklife Collection. “Archie paved the way for a new kind of study of American workers as people with a rich history and culture,” said Weiss.
The memorial symposium, “Work’s Many Voices,” will pay tribute to Green’s interest in the life, culture, and art of workers in the United States.
“We needed a full day to touch on even a few aspects of Archie’s wide-ranging interests and scholarship,” said Weiss.
The program includes panel discussions about laborlore—the combined study of both folklore and labor history—and music.
Norm Cohen, independent folk music researcher and author of the books All This for a Song (newly published by the Southern Folklife Collection) and Long Steel Rail: The Railroad in American Folksong, will deliver the keynote address at 11 a.m.
The evening concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature performances by ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, old-time musicians Stephen Wade and Mike Craver, and string band the New North Carolina Ramblers.
Since Green’s passing, similar tributes have been held in his memory at the Library of Congress, the University of Illinois, and San Francisco State University. “Archie was a very influential person who inspired and mentored generations of colleagues and students,” said Weiss.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by Nov. 14. To sign up, email Liza Terll, Friends of the UNC Library, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Archie Green Papers, Southern Folklife Collection
- Symposium, concert to remember folklorist Green (release from UNC News Services)
- Archie Green obituary, New York Times
- American Folklife Center, Library of Congress