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ACE presents and repatriates Alan Lomax’s films at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church, in Canton, Mississippi

Due to weather, Lamont Pearley, Jr., and Jorge Arévalo Mateus were unfortunately unable to attend the annual Folklorists in the South (FITS) retreat organized by South Arts, in Canton, MS, on April 8, 2017. Scheduled to present local footage from the Lomax Collection at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church—and donate the video shot at the church to the congregation—we were instead ably represented by Scott Barretta (University of Mississippi/Delta State University) and Nancy Groce (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress). What follows in this report is based on personal communications with Scott Barretta, Nancy Groce, and Teresa Hollingsworth, South Arts’ Senior Director, who organized the program.

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Alan Jabbour: 1942-2017

Anna Lomax Wood says goodbye to Alan Jabbour, founding director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, who passed away on January 13.

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Lomax: Caçador de cançons presented at the Cántut festival

On November 19, 2016, Spanish-music scholar Judith Cohen attended the Càntut Festival, held in Cassà de la Selva, near Girona, Catalonia, to give a presentation as an introduction and background to Rogier Kapper’s film, Lomax the Songhunter [Lomax: Caçador de cançons]. The presentation followed Alan’s trajectory through Spain, with bits of music.

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ACE at the Society for Ethnomusicology 61st Annual Meeting

Jorge Arévalo Mateus and Anna Lomax Wood will attend the Society for Ethnomusicology 61st Annual meeting in Washington, D.C., November 9th through the 13th.

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