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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • Saturday's Archeology Day activities at the Museum have been postponed until Saturday, March 14.
  • The MPA Program's "Career Conversations" event with Dr. Michele Reba has been postponed until Wednesday, March 11, at 1 p.m., Wilson Hall, Room 412.
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and regular hours over the weekend.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.
  • The Arkansas State University Regional Math Contest scheduled for Saturday, March 7, has been rescheduled to 4:45 pm on Monday, March 9. For more information please see the Math Departments Homepage.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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Dr. Richard Burns

Associate Professor of English and Folklore


  • Ph.D. Folklore/Anth, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. Folklore/Anth, 1980, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S. Education, 1973, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. Psychology, 1973, University of Texas at Austin

Teaching Specialties

  • American Folklore
  • Folklore of the Southern United States
  • African-American Folklore
  • Foodways
  • Speech Play and Verbal Art
  • Mississippi Delta Folklore
  • Material Folk Culture
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Prison Folklore
  • Folk Narrative
  • Rural and Urban Ethnography

Courses Taught

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Special Topics: Graduate Studies in Folklore
  • American Folklore
  • Introduction to Folklore
  • African-American Folklore
  • Material Folk Culture
  • Special Topics in Heritage Studies: Folklore of the Powerless

Research Interests

(Representative Publications)

  • "Dozens." Encyclopedia of African American Folklore. Anand Prahlad, ed. Greenwood Press, 2006
  • "' I got my duffel packed, I'm goin' to Iraq': Marching Chants in the Military." Ballads and Songs-International Studies, Volume 2 (2006). Special Issue: Ballad Mediations: Folksongs Recovered, Represented, and Reimagined, pp. 6-18.
  • " Mississippi Delta Folklore." Encyclopedia of World Folklore. Greenwood Press, 2006.
  • " Prisonlore." Encyclopedia of American Folklife. Simon Bronner, ed. M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
  • " Toasts." Encyclopedia of African American Folklore. Anand Prahlad, ed. Greenwood Press, 2006
  • " Worldview." Encyclopedia of World Folklore. William Clements, ed. Greenwood Press.
  • " Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival (aka: King Biscuit Blues Festival)." The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. Online at http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net (November 2006).
  • Current Project:
    Book Manuscript, Prison Folklore.


  • 1996-1997 Faculty Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship, Arkansas State University.
  • Awarded matching grants from the Lecture-Concert series to bring blues performers to the Delta Blues Symposia, 1995-2004.
  • Heritage Studies Mini-Grant, ASU, $450, 2005.
  • College Faculty Achievement Award for Service, 2004-2005.

Richard Burns

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2164


Building: Wilson Hall
Room: 213