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My academic identity is that of a folklorist,
by Alan Dundes

My academic identity is that of a folklorist,
and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
- Alan Dundes

Americans do believe in progress and there is almost
certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
- Alan Dundes

Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations,
transitions, and incorporations.
- Alan Dundes

Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress,
and nothing is impossible.
- Alan Dundes

 

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children,
not grandparents.
- Alan Dundes

I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in
American worldview involves time:
past,
present, and future.
- Alan Dundes

Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
- Alan Dundes

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Light travels faster than sound.
This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- Alan Dundes

Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
- Alan Dundes

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.
- Alan Dundes

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.
- Alan Dundes

There is more to folklore research than fieldwork.
This is why in all of my other upper-division courses
I require a term paper involving original research.
- Alan Dundes

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.
- Alan Dundes

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.
- Alan Dundes

I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues
inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their
own personal knowledge of national,
regional, religious, ethnic, occupational,
and family folklore traditions.
- Alan Dundes

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.
- Alan Dundes

Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection
of folklore that they create by interviewing family members,
friends, or anyone they can manage to persuade to serve as an informant.
- Alan Dundes

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.
- Alan Dundes

In the light of our culture, these are not unreasonable questions and tactics,
but if once again, we try to see the lens through which we look,
we can see that there is far too great an emphasis placed on the future.
- Alan Dundes

I don't know why people question the academic training of an athlete.
Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated
in the bottom half of their classes.
- Al McGuire

I have not had any serious non-academic job.
- Amartya Sen

All too often, academic departments defend their territory
with the passion of cornered animals,
though with far less justification.
- Bruce Jackson

There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind.
That is why I never could have survived as an academic.
- Anne Stevenson

When I was confronted with official tuition,
the academic thing, I could see no relationship whatever
between that and the music I'd been writing since I was 11.
- Harrison Birtwistle

Academics act like they are important,
but when something is academic it is meaningless.
People say, 'It's academic, now let's get work done.'
- Evan Sayet

I would not be able to pen an academic and dry diatribe.
I have too much talent for that.
- Theo Van Gogh

Personally I discovered that you could go through the
academy as a young scholar,
come out, and almost immediately have an impact on
the academic environment.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

I was always more of an academic than a jock.
- Edwin Moses

Quality afterschool programs provide safe,
engaging and fun learning experiences to help children
and youth develop their social,
emotional, physical, cultural and academic skills.
- Debbie Stabenow

You could mention my name in any hallway in any academic
institution and you would have people foaming at the mouth.
- David Horowitz

Credit card companies pay college students generously
to stand outside dining halls,
dorms, and academic buildings and encourage their fellow
students to apply for credits cards.
- Louise Slaughter

At age 11 in 1960, I moved to an academic state secondary school,
Harrow County Grammar School for Boys.
- Paul Nurse

Postmodernism is an academic theory,
originating in academia with an academic elite,
not in the world of women and men, where feminist theory is rooted.
- Catharine MacKinnon

If your advertising goes unnoticed, everything else is academic.
- William Bernbach

I am joining the government not from the academic position but from St.
Petersburg city council.
- Anatoly Chubais

I have always been a firm believer in participation so there were no cuts.
We practiced three times a week but if a student had an academic conflict,
academics took priority.
- Tony Brown

I'm an artist, I'm not an academic folklorist.
- Terri Windling

Some people stay in the academic world just to avoid becoming self-aware.
You can quote me on that.
- Michael McKean

I came out of the Civil Rights Movement,
and I had a different kind of focus than most people
who have just the academic background as their primary training experience.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

In common with many others in the varied branches of our profession,
my academic education is subnormal.
- Loretta Young

If I had been a member of the academic establishment,
I could have done other experiments.
- Albert Ellis

I kind of lost interest in school.
I was never really that interested anyway.
I was never academic.
I didn't really go to school as much as I should have.
- Kate Moss

This possibility bothered me as I thought it was not
advisable to remain in one academic environment,
and the long dark winters in Edinburgh could be rather dismal.
- Paul Nurse

It's not proper for a professor to go before a class
and promote one party or another.
That's not academic scholarship.
- Juan Cole

An academic dialect is perfected when its terms are
hard to understand and refer only to one another.
- Mason Cooley

I had been writing for about twelve years.
I knew pretty well how you could find things out,
but I had never been trained in an academic way how
to go about the research.
- David McCullough

I was interested in implements of mass destruction -
from an academic point of view.
- Dan Farmer

To the extent that tenure supports academic freedom,
I support tenure.
I want no person or system to have any power,
real or apparent, to chill academic freedom.
- James E. Rogers

I haven't been the kind of writer about whom book-length
academic studies have been written.
- Manuel Puig

There is much more to schools than buildings.
There are academic activities, how it reaches the community
and its proximity to other programs.
- John Warner

The academic area of new music or modern music festivals
is not something which attracts me at all.
- Gavin Bryars

I had this habit of an academic of answering the question.
I should have fobbed it off.
- John Hewson

I don't have the notion that everybody has to write
in some single academic style.
- Clifford Geertz

Careers in virtually all academic disciplines are fostered
by being a superstar who knows more about one subject
than anyone else in the world.
- Philip Zimbardo

The job in Wisconsin was the first genuine offer of
an academic job in a university which I received.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon
atmosphere that common sense can rarely reach them.
- Samuel Butler

It's too much to expect in an academic setting that we should all agree,
but it is not too much to expect discipline and unvarying civility.
- John Howard

Four years of football are calculated to breed in the
average man more of the ingredients of success in life
than almost any academic course he takes.
- Knute Rockne

I don't accept the argument of people like David Horowitz
that the government should impose some sort of predetermined
political balance on academic research.
- Juan Cole

I am among the few who continue to draw after childhood is ended,
continuing and perfecting childhood drawing -
without the traditional interruption of academic training.
- Saul Steinberg

My knowledge of science came from being with Carl,
not from formal academic training.
Carl gave me a thrilling tutorial in science and math
that lasted the 20 years we were together.
- Ann Druyan

I tried to oppose the academic to the marketplace.
- Ad Reinhardt

By that time I was hooked on a career in academic research
instead of one in the pharmaceutical industry that
I had originally considered in deciding to get a PhD.
- Paul Berg

Academic qualifications are important and so is financial education.
They're both important and schools are forgetting one of them.
- Robert Kiyosaki

My parents were neither wealthy nor academic,
but we lived comfortably and they were always extremely
supportive of my academic efforts and aspirations,
both at school and university.
- Paul Nurse

After my stellar first grade academic achievements,
I continued to perform well in the city primary schools -
except for penmanship,
which was not my forte.
- Vernon L. Smith

I have no academic qualifications whatsoever.
- David Irving

My academic schedule is lighter this year because it's an Olympic year.
- Sasha Cohen

Academic success depends on research and publications.
- Philip Zimbardo

I instantly chucked my academic ambitions and began
writing fiction full-time.
- Peter Straub

An arts education helps build academic skills and increase academic performance,
while also providing alternative opportunities to reward
the skills of children who learn differently.
- Gavin Newsom


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