Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
If a student takes the whole series of my folklore courses including the graduate seminars, he or she should learn something about fieldwork, something about bibliography, something about how to carry out library research, and something about how to publish that research.
Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress, and nothing is impossible.
Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more and more people move from rural to urban sites, but that has created enormous problems with respect to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.
Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents.
I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in American worldview involves time: past, present, and future.
Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations, transitions, and incorporations.
The class has become over the years fairly large, running to three hundred or more, but I always insist upon reading all the student folklore collections myself. Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it because I learn so much from it.
Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine likely directions and trends, but once taken, they belong to the past, requiring that new polls be taken.
They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather data about the context and the informant and, above all, write an analysis of the items based upon the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method.
Americans do believe in progress and there is almost certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
My academic identity is that of a folklorist, and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
In my introductory course, Anthropology 160, the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what the major and minor genres of folklore are, and how they can be analyzed.
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