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.
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.
Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress and nothing is impossible.
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.
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.