Revels Lecture Series: Folklore

For Scholars 18+

Thursdays, April 22 - May 13, 2021, 7:00pm ET key_190.jpg

Online via Zoom

Myths, legends, folklore, and fairy tales are among some of the oldest echoes of human imagination, and they are still alive and being told today. In this four-part series, discover new perspectives on old stories and see how these tales-ancient and modern—can add lyrical layers of wonder to your life. Students can take individual classes or the entire series, based on their interests. Led by Cory Thomas Hutcheson, folklorist, author, educator and podcaster. 


CLRVinWarm_Closeup_180.jpgCory Thomas Hutcheson is the cohost of the popular podcasts New World Witchery, Chasing Foxfire, and Myth-Taken: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Podcast, and author of the book New World Witchery: A Trove of American Folk Magic. He has a doctorate in American Studies with specializations in folklore, religion, and ethnicity from Penn State. He is a contributor to the Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies and American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales. Visit him online at


The weekly classes will start April13 and will be offered every Thursday at 7:00pm until May 13 on Zoom.

The following classes will be offered at $18 each:



Week 1: When the World Was New: Myths and Mythology 

   Thursday, April 22, 7:00-8:15pm ET

Look back to the roots of the world tree and hear the voices of ancient gods, goddesses, monsters, and heroes as you explore the way people have used myths since the earliest days of humanity. This class will ask where we come from, open the gates to other worlds, and even show you how myths can give you practical guidance today.  

Week 2: A Friend of A Friend Said: Legends of Old and New
   Thursday, April 29, 7:00-8:15pm ET

What do barefoot wanderers in the wilderness, a saint traveling with a clever pig, and a ghostly hitchhiker who disappears as the ride ends all have in common? They’re all legends! In this class, we’ll unpack the facts and fiction of legends, and see how the line between truth and a good story is easy to blur (and much more fun when it’s a bit fuzzy).


Week 3: Telling Tales: Finding and Sharing Folklore
   Thursday, May 6, 7:00-8:15pm ET

We all love hearing a good story, and many of us also want to tell a good story from time to time, too. With this class, we’ll look at the way folktales are put together, talk about where to find folktales in your own life and communities, and discuss storytelling techniques that can make sharing stories more memorable.

Week 4: Singing Bones: Weird and Wonderful Fairy Tales
    Thursday, May 13, 7:00-8:15pm ET

In this class, we’ll be getting a bit Grimm as we look at the history of fairy tales, learn about major fairy tale collections and figures, and then play around with a bit of the darker side of a few well-known stories (and a few not-so-well-known that you may wind up loving more than the popular ones). Enter the dark forest with us, if you dare!

For questions or more information, please email 


Zoom links for the classes will be sent to regsitrants the week of the class. 





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