Campus and Community

Senator Justin Morrill at the 2012 Festival

Longtime Festival volunteer Robert Scow shares this 26-minute video he produced of Jon Vrana’s interpretation of Senator Justin Morrill at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150 program. Senator Justin Morrill was a U.S. congressman … Continue reading Senator Justin Morrill at the 2012 Festival

Ellie Mannette: Father of the Modern Steel Drum

Ellie Mannette, born in Trinidad in 1927, is considered “the father of the modern steel drum.”  He is the director of the Modern Tuning Project at West Virginia University, and an artist-in-residence.  Mannette has worked for 75 years to develop and popularize the steel drum, creating seven … Continue reading Ellie Mannette: Father of the Modern Steel Drum

Emily Hoskins: Paralympic Gold Medalist and University of Illinois Alumna

The University of Illinois is home to the oldest post-secondary disability support program in the world. In this video, Emily Hoskins, an alumna and two-time Paralympic gold medalist in wheelchair basketball, explains how continuing innovations at the university empower individuals with disabilities to be active … Continue reading Emily Hoskins: Paralympic Gold Medalist and University of Illinois Alumna

Mankind’s Oldest Biotechnology: Charlie Bamforth on Beer

Charlie Bamforth, department chair of Food, Science, and Technology at the University of California, Davis, discusses the merits of beer during a presentation at the 2012 Campus and Community Festival program.  Brewing, mankind’s oldest biotechnology, has been taught at UC Davis for nearly fifty years.   Videotaped … Continue reading Mankind’s Oldest Biotechnology: Charlie Bamforth on Beer

University of Florida at the 2012 Festival

The Everglades are living laboratories for University of Florida wildlife researchers looking for solutions to water challenges. At the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, UF scientists demonstrated what they are learning about invasive animal species and water resources through interactive displays. Videography by Becky Squire, Shaun … Continue reading University of Florida at the 2012 Festival

The Guernsey Brothers: Turkey in the Straw

The Guernsey Brothers, a bluegrass duo, performed at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival to supplement the University of Indiana’s exhibit New Vernacular, which highlighted traditional instrument builders. They performed “Turkey in the Straw,” a North American folk song from the 19th century. Though now retired … Continue reading The Guernsey Brothers: Turkey in the Straw

UNUKUPUKUPU in performance

UNUKUPUKUPU is a rigorous didactic and experiential hula curricula that teaches students to better understand their place in the community through performance and academic study. Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō directs this unique program at Hawai‘i Community College. Videography by Cynthia Miller, David Barnes, Sean Yonash, Jeannie … Continue reading UNUKUPUKUPU in performance