The Florida Folklife Council consists of seven members appointed by the Secretary of State to provide geographical, ethnic, and professional representation. During their four-year terms, Folklife Council members advise and assist the Division of Historical Resources and the Florida Folklife Program with respect to the following goals: encouragement of statewide public interest and participation in folklife; the development and promotion of Florida folklife resources; recommendations for the identification, collection, preservation, and presentation of Florida cultural heritage throughout the state; and developing proposals to fund projects.
Dr. Peggy A. Bulger
1949 Springbrook Road
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Appointed to August 31, 2015
Dr. Bulger retired from the American Folklife Center in 2011, where she held the position of Director since 1999. Dr. Bulger was Florida's first state folklorist (1975-1988), serving initially as State Folk Arts Coordinator, and then as administrator of the Florida Folklife Program. She also spent ten years as Folk Arts Director and Senior Program Officer for the Southern Arts Federation (now South Arts). Dr. Bulger served as president of the American Folklore Society, co-authored South Florida Folklife, and edited Musical Roots of the South. She has produced several recordings, includingDeep South Musical Roots Tour and Drop On Down in Florida, and has also directed several ethnographic films. Dr. Bulger earned a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation is a study of folklorist and activist Stetson Kennedy, who was the director of folklore, oral history, and ethnic studies for the Florida Writers' Project of the WPA during the 1930s and 1940s. Dr. Bulger has recently returned to Florida, where she continues to be active in the field of folklife with research projects and consultancies.
Dr. Keith Cartwright
Department of English
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
Appointed to June 18, 2017
Dr. Cartwright is an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Florida, where he serves on the Advisory Board for the African Diaspora Studies Program. He also serves as a Board Member of the Stetson Kennedy Foundation. His primary areas of research include African American, Caribbean, Southern, and West African literatures; African Diaspora studies; West African expressive traditions; and creative writing and poetry. He is the author of several books of poetry, journal articles, and books, including Reading Africa into American Literature: Epics, Fables, Gothic Tales, which was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2003. Dr. Cartwright earned a B.A. in English from the University of the South, Sewannee, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University.
Dr. Larry Crook
Music Department & Center for World Arts
PO Box 117900
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7900
Reappointed to December 31, 2016
Dr. Crook specializes in music history and ethnomusicology at the University of Florida's School of Music, where he directs the World Music Ensembles (Jacaré Brazil and Agbedidi Africa). Dr. Crook is also co-director of the UF Center for World Arts and is actively involved in planning artistic residencies to bring renowned international musicians and performing artists to work collaboratively on projects with faculty, students, and community members. He is an affiliate member of the Center for Latin American Studies and Center for African Studies, and holds a joint appointment in the department of Anthropology. A percussionist, he has studied with many artists from Latin America and Africa. Dr. Crook's research focuses on Brazilian music, the African Diaspora, music and identity, popular music, and music and social movements. He is co-editor of Black Brazil: Culture, Identity, and Social Mobilization and author of Brazilian Music: Northeastern Traditions and the Heartbeat of a Modern Nation.
Dr. José B. Fernández
Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida 32816-1990
Reappointed to December 31, 2014
Dr. Fernández is Pegasus Professor of History and Foreign Languages and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Spanish colonial letters of the United States and Hispanic literature of the United States. He is a former Chair of the Florida Folklife Council and past President of the Florida Historical Society. Additionally, he is a Presidential appointee to the National Museum of the American Latino Commission. He received his Ph.D. in Spanish from Florida State University.
Dr. Annette B. Fromm
Coordinator/Assistant Professor Museum Studies
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum
Florida International University
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, Florida 33199
Reappointed to December 31, 2016
Dr. Fromm is the Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies program at Florida International University. Dr. Fromm, a folklorist and museum specialist, has over thirty years of experience in museums and community projects in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Florida. Her work has ranged from institutions which emphasize ethnic cultural diversity to historic preservation. Dr. Fromm has published articles on immigrant-ethnic groups in America, Native Americans in museums, multicultural museums, historic preservation and community, Jews in Greece, Sephardic folklore, Greek folklore, and folk art. Fromm serves as President of the International Committee of Museums of Ethnography, an international committee of the International Council of Museums.
Department of English
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1036
Reappointed to August 18, 2015
Dr. McGregory, Associate Professor of Folklore in the Department of English at Florida State University, specializes in African-American literature and folklore. She is the author of Wiregrass Country, about the folklife of the wiregrass region of north Florida, as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals. Her specific research areas include: regional folklore, African American folklore, African American literature, African Diaspora Studies, onomastics, and Boxing Day celebrations.
Timothy F. Schmand
Executive Director, Bayfront Park Management Trust
301 N. Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33132
Reappointed to January 1, 2015
Mr. Schmand is the Executive Director of the Bayfront Park Management Trust, a City of Miami agency responsible for managing 61 acres of urban waterfront parkland. The facilities under his management are among the most popular special event sites serving Miami's diverse communities. Mr. Schmand is also an award-winning author whose fiction has appeared in both popular and literary journals. He possesses a B.A. in Political Science from State University College of New York at Buffalo and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College.