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Storytelling Studies - Academia

by Eric Miller

Updated August 11, 1997

The most up-to-date list is at http://courses.unt.edu/efiga/STORYTELLING/WorldWideList.htm

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Canada
England
Germany
India
Norway
USA
Below is a list of colleges and universities offering instruction in/about storytelling (oral narrative).

Two raison d'etres of this list are:

  1. To promote the idea that Storytelling Studies is an academic discipline, which could be taught in Departments of Storytelling (which would have "study about" and "how-to" sections).

  2. To let people know where they might study storytelling within academically-accredited institutions. (Many colleges permit un-matriculated students to attend courses--contact the department for info.)
It is assumed that instructors who teach how to tell stories also teach about storytelling. If the instruction is solely ABOUT storytelling, next to the instructor's name appears "(ABOUT)."

Instruction is given in English unless otherwise noted.

Please e-mail additions and corrections to Eric Miller, .


Universities and Colleges

(by country, then state or province)

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CANADA

ALBERTA

University of Alberta, Edmonton.
School of Library and Information Studies.
Gail de Vos.
    e-mail__
    website__ http://www.slis.ualberta.ca/nuHome/devos.htm
    3-20 Rutherford South
    Edmonton, AB T6G 2J4

MANITOBA

University of Winnipeg.
Department of English.
Kay Stone (ABOUT).
    204-786-9292
    e-mail__
    515 Portage Ave.
    Winnipeg, MT R3B 2E9

NEWFOUNDLAND

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's.
Department of Folklore (ABOUT).
    709-737-8402
    St. John's, Newfoundland, A1C 5S7

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ENGLAND

University of London.
School of African and Oriental Studies.
Stuart Blackburn (ABOUT).

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GERMANY

Universitat Mainz.
Universitat Munchen.
Universitat Koblenz.
Richard Martin.
    Instruction in German and English.
    Teacher training: "Using Storytelling in the Language Classroom."
    e-mail__
    website__ http://www.talesandmusic.de

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INDIA

TAMIL NADU

St. Xavier's College, near Tirunelveli.
Department of Folklore.
P. Lourdu (ABOUT),
    specialist in Tamil epic-chanting.
    Instruction in Tamil and English.
    Palayamkottai 627 002

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NORWAY

University of Oslo.
Folkloristikk, Institutt for Kulturstudier (ABOUT).
Instruction in Norwegian.
P. A. Munchs hus, 4. et.
Hogskolen i Oslo.
Faculty of Fine Arts and Drama.
Instruction in Norwegian.

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USA

California
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Washington, DC

USA

CALIFORNIA

Antelope Valley College, Lancaster.
Department of Communication Arts.
Debra Olsen Tolar.
    805-722-6477
    e-mail__
    Lancaster, CA

California State University, Los Angeles.
Elaine MacLeod.
Dominican College, San Rafael.
Ruth Stotter, program director.
    Students earn a Certificate-in-Storytelling (10 units).
    All classes on evenings and Saturdays;
    all classes open to the general public.
    17 faculty members, 23 courses.
    415-485-3255, 415-435-3568
    e-mail__
    50 Acacia Ave.
    San Rafael, CA 94901

San Jose State University.
Department of Theatre Arts.
Bob Jenkins, chair.
    BJ teaches a three-week intensive course through the Office of Continuing Education.
    408-924-4530 (Theatre Arts)
    408-924-2600 (Continuing Education)
    website__theatre.sjsu.edu/faculty/jenkins/frame.htm
    San Jose, CA 95192

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.
Department of Extended Education.
Ruth Stotter.
    Teacher training.
    e-mail__
    Rohnert Park, CA 94928
University of California, Berkeley.
Folklore Program, M.A. (ABOUT).
Alan Dundes.
    510-642-2092
    201 Kroebler Hall
    Berkeley, CA 94708

University of California, Los Angeles.
Folklore and Mythology Program, M.A. and Ph.D. (ABOUT).
    310-825-3962
    405 Hilgard Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
University of California, San Diego.
Vicky Reed (ABOUT).
    619-298-6363
    1840 West Montecito Way
    San Diego, CA 92103

USA

CONNECTICUT

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven.
Carol Birch (ABOUT).
    CB is co-editor of WHO SAYS?: Essays on Issues in Storytelling (August House),
    e-mail__
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven.
School of Library Science, Summer Institute.
Gwendolin Nowlan, director.
    Developing an MA program in Oral Tradition (ABOUT).
    203-392-5711
    e-mail__
    501 Crescent St.
    New Haven, CT 06575
Wesleyan University, Middletown.
Carol Birch (ABOUT).
    Wesleyan University
    203-685-2900
    255 High St.
    Middletown, CT 06457

USA

FLORIDA

Edison State Community College, Fort Myers.
Bert MacCarry.
    941-472-1781
    Fort Myers, FL 33919
University of North Florida, Jacksonville.
Jim Middlestadt.
    904-646-2952
    St. Johns Bluff Rd.
    Jacksonville, FL 32224

USA

GEORGIA

North Georgia College, Dahlonega.
Department of Education.
David Fore.
    706-864-1538
    e-mail__
    Dahlonega, GA 30597

USA

HAWAII

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu.
Department of Speech.
Michael Miller, chair.
    e-mail__
    808-956-3313
    Honolulu, HI 96822

USA

ILLINOIS

Northern Illinois University, Dekalb.
School of Theatre Arts.
Patricia Ridge.
    815-753-8074
    e-mail__
    website__ http://www.niu.edu/
    Dekalb, IL 60115
Northwestern University, Chicago.
University College.
B.A. programs; all evening courses; unmatriculated students welcome.
Introductory courses--
    Fall: Rives Collins (Evanston).
    Spring: Lynn Kelso (Chicago).
Advanced courses--
    Fall: Nancy Donoval, "Adapting Folk Tales and Other Sources" (Evanston).
    Spring: Nancy Donoval, "Intensive Coaching for Storytellers" (Chicago).
847-491-5611
    e-mail__
    339 East Chicago Ave.
    Chicago, Il 60611-3008
Northwestern University, Evanston.
Department of Theatre.
Rives Collins.
    847-491-3163
    Evanston, IL 60062
University of Illinois.
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.
Betsy Hearne.

USA

INDIANA

Indiana University, Bloomington.
Department of Folkore, M.A. and Ph.D (ABOUT).
Richard Bauman.
Indiana University, Bloomington,
School of Library and Information Sciences.
Shirley Fitzgibbons.
    The course can be taken on other IU campuses via "distance ed."
    812-855-5112; 812-855-3247
    e-mail__
    website__ http://www.slis.indiana.edu/fitzgibb/L653.html

Indiana University, South Bend.
Department of Continuing Education.
Bob and Kathie Myers, The Story Peddlers.
    219-255-5058 (direct)
    e-mail__

USA

KENTUCKY

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.
Program in Folk Studies, M.A. (ABOUT).
    502-745-5387
    Bowling Green, KY 42101

USA

LOUISIANA

Northwest Louisiana State University, Natchitoches.
The Louisiana Folklore Center (ABOUT).
David Hatley, director.
    318-357-4332
    e-mail__
    website__ http://www.nsula.edu/departments/folklife/index.html
    Box 3883, NLSU
    Natchitoches, LA 71497
University of Southern Louisiana.
Folklore Newsletter.
Marcia Gaudet, Patricia Sawin (ABOUT).
e-mail__ (Marcia Gaudet); (Patricia Sawin)
website__ http://members.aol.com/rrhillOO/us1news.htm

USA

MAINE

University of Southern Maine, Gorham.
Center for the Study of Lives.
Robert Atkinson.
Teaching the telling of sacred stories.
    207-780-5078
    400 Bailey Hall
    Gorham, ME 04038

USA

MARYLAND

Garret Community College (McHenry), Swanton.
Gail N. Herman.
Storytelling in education and business.
    301-387-9199
    166 Lodge Circle
    Swanton, MD 21561

USA

MASSACHUSETTS

Fitchburg State College, Princeton.
Katie Green.
Teacher training; conflict resolution in the classroom.
    508-464-5146
    P. O. Box 12
    Princeton, MA 01541

Harvard University, Cambridge.
Folklore and Mythology Program (ABOUT).
    617-495-4788
    e-mail__
    website__ http://fas-www.harvard.edu/~folkmyth/fandmgradprograms.html
    11 Prescott St.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
Lesley College, Cambridge.
The Creative Arts in Learning program, storytelling specialization.
MA, Master of Education degrees.
Nancy Langstaff.
    617-349-8740; 800-999-1959 (ext. 8426)
    Cambridge, MA 02138
Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill.
K. Carney.
    617-731-7615
    400 Heath St.
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02168

USA

MICHIGAN

Wayne State University, Detroit.
R. Craig Roney.
    313-577-0928
    287 Education Building
    Detroit, MI 48202

USA

MINNESOTA

Metro State University, St. Paul.
Loren Niemi (ABOUT).
    612-291-2475
    553 Selby Ave.
    St. Paul, MN 55102

USA

MISSOURI

University of Missouri, Columbia.
Center for Studies in Oral Tradition.
John Miles Foley, director.
    e-mail__
    website__ http://www.missouri.edu/~csottime/info.html
    Columbia, Missouri

USA

NEBRASKA

College of St. Mary, Omaha.
Nancy Duncan.
    402-551-4532
    1803 South 58th St.
    Omaha, NE 68106

USA

NEW JERSEY

Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies.
Patricia Leventhal.
    908-932-7917
    e-mail__
    4 Huntington St.
    New Brunswick, NJ 08742

USA

NEW YORK

Long Island University, C.W. Post campus.
Palmer School of Library and Information Science.
Courses include:
    "Storytelling and Folk Literature (introduction and how-to);
    "Myth and the Age of Information" (the roles of story and storytelling in the modern world).
Amy Spaulding.
    516-299-2866
    e-mail__
    C.W. Post campus
    720 Northern Blvd.
    Brookville, NY 11548-1300
New York University, NYC.
Department of Performance Studies.
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (ABOUT).
    212-998-1620
    721 Broadway, 6th Floor
    NY, NY 10003
St. John's University, Staten Island campus.
Notre Dame College, Division of Humanities.
Eric Miller (ABOUT).
Currently designing a course entitled, "Face-to-face Storytelling and Interactive Telecommunication: Pre- and Post-Literary Communication."
    718-390-4545; 212-420-9509 (direct)
    e-mail__
    300 Howard Ave., Risoti Hall
    Staten Island, NY 10301

USA

NORTH CAROLINA

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Concord.
Alisha Sides Wilson.
    704-782-6000
    55 Blenheim Court
    Concord, NC 28025
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Curriculum in Folklore, M.A. and Ph.D. (ABOUT).
    919-962-4065
    228 Greenlaw Hall
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599

USA

OHIO

Antioch College, Yellow Springs.
Harold Wright.
    513-767-7331
    Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Kent State University, Kent.
College of Continuing Studies.
Lori Gourley.
    216-672-7935
    P. O. Box 5190
    Kent, OH 44242
Oberlin College, Oberlin.
Department of English.
Phyllis Gorfain (ABOUT),
    specialist in oral narrative and the anthroplogy of play.
    Oberlin, OH 44074
Ohio State University, Columbus.
Center for Folklife and Cultural Studies, M.A. and Ph.D. (ABOUT).
Valerie Lee, Beverly Moss, Terence Odlin, Amy Schuman.

USA

OKLAHOMA

Phillips Theological Seminary, Stillwater.
Barbara McBride Smith.
    405-624-1155, 405-743-6393
    Rt. 2, Box 132
    Stillwater, OK 74075

USA

OREGON

University of Oregon, Eugene.
Continuing Education Center.
Yvonne Young.
    503-302-2848
    62 West 20th St.
    Eugene, OR 97405
University of Oregon, Eugene.
Department of Folklore and Ethnic Studies, M.A. and Ph.D. (ABOUT).
    503-346-4660
    Eugene, OR 97403

USA

PENNSYLVANIA

Mansfield University.
A. Vernon Lapps.
    717-549-7421, 717-662-4782
    P. O. Box 117
    Mansfield, PA 16933
Temple University, Philadelphia.
Caroliese Frink Reed.
    215-204-1993
    Gladfelter Hall (Room 103)
    Philadelphia, PA 19122
University of Pennsylania, Philadelphia.
Department of Folklore and Folklife, M.A. and Ph.D. (ABOUT).
Roger Abrahams, Dan Ben-Amos, Margaret Mills.
Courses include "Ethnography of Speaking," "Folk Narrative."
    215-898-7352
    e-mail__ (graduate secretary)
    website__ http://www.sas.upenn.edu/folklore
    3440 Market St. (Suite 370)
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
University of Pittsburgh.
School of Library Science and Information Studies.
Mary Margaret Kimmel.
Pittsburgh, PA

USA

SOUTH DAKOTA

University of Sioux Falls.
Beth Jemberg.
    605-331-6710
    1101 West 22nd St.
    Sioux Falls, SD 57105

USA

TENNESSEE

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.
Storytelling Master's degree (both an M.A. and a Master of Ed., depending on whether or not a candidate chooses to write a thesis).
Joseph Sobol, program director, is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
    423-439-4297
    e-mail__
    211 E Main St #1
    Jonesborough, TN 37659 Visit our web site at www.etsu.edu/stories

USA

TEXAS

Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene.
Rosanna T. Herndon.
    915-670-1408
    Box 15196
    Abilene, TX 79698
Texas Woman's University, Denton.
Karen F. Morgan.
    817-898-2602
    P. O. Box 22905
    Denton, TX 76204
University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio.
Pedagogy program.
Mary Ruth Moore.
    San Antonio, TX
University of Texas, Austin.
Center for Intercultural Studies in Folklore and Ethnomusicology (ABOUT).
Ward Keeler, Manuel Pena, Roger de V. Renwick, Joel Sherzer, Kathleen Stewart.
West Texas A&M University, Canyon.
Trudy Hanson.
    806-656-2800
    Box 747
    ACT Department
    Canyon, TX

USA

UTAH

Utah State University, Logan.
Folklore Program, M.A. (ABOUT).
    801-750-2728
    Logan, UT 84322

USA

WASHINGTON, DC

George Washington University.
Folklife Program, M.A. and Ph.D. (ABOUT).
    202-994-6070
    Washington, DC 20052
Smithsonian Institution.
Center for Folklore Programs and Cultural Studies.


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