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February 18–19, 2022

Free, two-day virtual workshop aims to bring awareness and advance the public’s understanding of folklore and cultural traditions.

“This virtual workshop is both timely and powerful.” said Dr. Peggy Bulger, who serves on the board of Florida Humanities and will introduce the event and speakers along with Dr. Dominick Tartaglia, Florida’s new State Folklorist, and Dr. Natalie Underberg-Goode, Vice President, Florida Folklore Society. “[T]hese discussions will present the indisputable evidence that we are all connected and grounded in our collective traditional knowledge and Florida would not exist as it is without our diverse and creative population.”


This event features nationally and internationally acclaimed scholars and artists and also provides UCF students and the general public opportunities to share their research and cultural experiences through themed sessions.

Surabhi Adesh

Surabhi Adesh and Sons

Timucua Arts Foundation and Asian Cultural Association Sponsored India Classical Musicians

David Peñaflor and Marilia Carrasquillo

David Peñaflor and Marilia Carrasquillo

Florida Folk Heritage Awardee; Latin American Cultural and Educational Specialists (pre- Columbian cultures, Mexican heritage traditions, and Puerto Rico vejigante tradition

Annette B. Fromm

Dr. Annette B. Fromm

Chair, Florida Folklife Council, Florida State Department; Past President, International Committee of Museums of Ethnography (ICME); Former Coordinator of Museum Studies at Florida International University

Osiris Aníbal Gómez

Dr. Osiris Aníbal Gómez

Assistant Professor of Spanish & Portuguese Studies, University of Minnesota; Contemporary Mexican Indigenous Poetry Specialist

Portia K. Maultsby

Dr. Portia K. Maultsby

Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology and Founding Director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington; Senior Scholar for the Inaugural Exhibition of the National Museum of African American Music, Nashville, Tennessee

Emily Wilcox

Dr. Emily Wilcox

Associate Professor of Chinese Studies and Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures, William and Mary; Wilson Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Fellow, National Committee on US-China Relations Public Intellectuals Program

Thank you to the following organizations for their support on this event!

Florida Humanities logoFunding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.