Corcoran Gallery. Photo by Terry Liu.

Corcoran Gallery. Photo by Terry Liu.

On behalf of the SEM 2016 Local Arrangement Committee, we welcome you to the Society’s 61st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., on November 10-13. Greater Washington is home to American University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, The George Washington University, Towson State University, and the University of Maryland, where students and scholars are engaged in research and study of ethnomusicology and folklore. Washington, D.C., is also the home of the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, where ethnomusicologists and folklorists apply ethnomusicology in their work. The LAC intends to collaborate with these and other institutions to bring the backdrop of the nation’s capital into focus as the context for SEM 2016. Our lead hosts for the meeting will be Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and The George Washington University. Possible venues for special events include the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (which will hold its grand opening in the fall of 2016) and the GWU Corcoran School of the Arts & Design.

Our pre-conference symposium, hosted by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, will be held on November 9 and has a working title of “Soundings: Public Sector Ethnomusicology in the 21st Century.” Created in 1976 through an act of Congress (Public Law 94-201), the Center includes the Archive of Folk Culture, which is steeped in public sector work and includes collections that encompass all aspects of folklife worldwide.

For the SEM 2016 Annual Meeting, we are planning to get you out of the hotel on organized field trips to cultural events in the evenings, with an ethnomusicologist colleague as your guide. We will be working in the months ahead to identify places and events that will be of interest and welcome your suggestions or your willingness to be a guide. Please contact us.

We look forward to seeing you,

Jonathan Dueck, Co-Chair (The George Washington University)
Terry Liu, Co-Chair (National Endowment for the Arts)
Dawn Avery (Bethesda, Maryland)
Luvenia George (Washington, DC)
Judith Gray (American Folklife Center)
Nancy Groce (American Folklife Center)
Ben Harbert (Georgetown University)
Eileen Hayes (Towson University)
Kip Lornell (Silver Spring, Maryland)
Daniel Sheehy (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Atesh Sonneborn (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
J. Lawrence Witzleben (University of Maryland)