Dr. Edward Karshner Wins 2022 Berea College Media Archives Fellowship
Dr. Ed Karshner has won a residency and scholarship to do research at the prestigious Berea College Media Archives Fellowship which is an outreach program of the Special Collections and Archives (SCA) department of Hutchins Library at Berea College. The program is designed to increase the scholarly use of SCA’s non-commercial audio and video collections. He is currently there doing his research this summer.
He was also singled out in the American Folklore Society for this same accomplishment. "College’s Hutchins Library has chosen Edward Karshner, Associate Professor of English at Robert Morris University, to receive a 2022 Media Fellowship. Karshner’s study at Berea in July 2022 will be in pursuit of his interest in researching, teaching, and writing about Appalachian folklore, magic, and mysticism.
He will be making use of the many sound recordings of eastern Kentucky tales and stories collected by folklorist Leonard Ward Roberts during the 1950s and 1960s. He will draw upon the Roberts recordings for materials to use in teaching folklore classes, fiction writing, academic papers, and popular writing about how folklore informs and clarifies popular culture. Intended outcomes of the Fellowship include the sharing of unique, primary examples of folklore from the recordings in Reckon Review."