Cultural Sustainability Symposium Regisration
Download Registration Form:

To register for Sequestering Tradition? A Cultural Sustainability Symposium download the form above and mail or fax to:

To register by mail or fax:

Sterling College Cultural Sustainability Symposium
c/o Carol Dickson
P. O. Box 72
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

To register with a credit card by phone:

Vermont Folklife Center
(802) 388-4964

Email culturalsustainability@ or call Andy at the Vermont Folklife Center: (802) 388-4964

Symposium Schedule

Note: Schedule Subject to Change

Sequestering Tradition?: A Cultural Sustainability Symposium
August 15-18, 2013
Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, Vermont


Thursday August 15, 2013

Friday August 16

Saturday August 17, 2013

Sunday August 18, 2013


Symposium Partners

Sequestering Tradition?: A Cultural Sustainability Symposium is sponsored by the Goucher College Masters of Arts program in Cultural Sustainability, Sterling College and the Vermont Folklife Center.

The Master of Arts program in Cultural Sustainability at Goucher College (Baltimore) brings together knowledge from anthropology, history, folklore, ethnomusicology, communications, business and management, linguistics, and activism to teach students how to effect positive, community-driven change in the cultures they care about most--whether it be an African village, an American inner-city neighborhood, a remote tribe in Asia, or a threatened public space just down the street. We teach our students how to work closely with individuals and communities to identify, protect, and enhance their important traditions, their ways of life, their cherished spaces, and their vital relationships to each other and the world.

Located at the heart of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, and part of the area's growing agricultural renaissance, Sterling College is a liberal-arts college that integrates environmental studies throughout the curriculum. Sterling's mission is to "combine structured academic study with experiential challenges and plain hard work to build responsible problem solvers who become stewards of the environment as they pursue productive lives." Sequestering Tradition? A Cultural Sustainability Symposium capitalizes on the model of community and experiential learning at the center of Sterling's curriculum, and draws upon the resources of Sterling’s Environmental Humanities program.

Founded in 1984, the Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) uses ethnography to strengthen the understanding of the cultural and social fabric of Vermont's diverse communities. The VFC's mission is to document and preserve the cultural heritage and traditions of Vermont, and produce educational programs and publications from its archive. We fulfill our mission by conducting ethnographic field research that captures the stories and traditions of our diverse communities; by teaching Vermonters of all ages to use digital technology to document and share their own life experience and heritage; by presenting public programs that increase understanding of our ever-changing cultural landscape; and by preserving personal and family stories, photographic collections, moving images, and recordings of regional music in our multimedia digital archive.

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