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Holly Everett - Folklore

{Holly Everett}
Holly Everett

Holly Everett grew up in Austin, Texas, although she was born in Colorado and spent several of her early years in Alaska. She earned a BA in English Literature, with a minor in History, from the University of Texas at Austin.

"I am currently a PhD candidate in Folklore. My areas of specialization are belief, material culture and music. My current thesis research is on food and tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador, examining the impressions tourists draw from regional foodways. I recently published a book, Roadside Crosses in Contemporary Memorial Culture (University of North Texas Press, 2002), based on my master's thesis (also done at Memorial).

"After graduating with my BA, I worked as a pre-school teacher, a disc jockey, and an information specialist for a science radio show, among other things. However, after a few years, I realized that the career paths in which I was most interested required a graduate degree.

"Memorial's Department of Folklore has a solid reputation in the field, and folklorists whose work I respected recommended the programme to me. In addition, the tuition was very reasonable, and the department offered me graduate support.

"The faculty and students in the department are supportive of each other's work. Moreover, the faculty's broad perspective on the discipline allows students the freedom to pursue topics that might not be accepted in other programmes.

"I was looking for a large, stable programme at a smaller university. Some people told me that such a thing didn't exist! However, I found it at Memorial. The folklore collections at Folklore and Language Archive and the Queen Elizabeth II library are amazing, as is the level of access that students have to this wide range of research materials.

"Part of my decision to come to Memorial was the appeal of this province. At the time I began considering graduate study, I was ready for a change of scenery. The more I read about Newfoundland, the more I wanted to see it firsthand. This is a beautiful place, with an inspiring people to match. The arts scene in St. John's is impressive, a real embarrassment of riches. I have particularly enjoyed the diversity of live music.

"After I complete my degree, I will be looking for a university teaching position. However, as many folklorists find work in the public sector, I will also be looking at that possibility. Ideally, I would like to combine the two, as I have been able to do here with teaching, research and freelance work for CBC radio.

Holly has been the recipient of a Graduate Teaching Fellowship, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship, and the Dr. Anna C. Templeton Memorial Graduate Scholarship. She has received funding for her fieldwork from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) and the J.R. Smallwood Centre. Neil Murray and David Buchan Graduate Research Awards have allowed her to attend conferences outside the province.

{Memorial University of Newfoundland}