Jeff Todd Titon received the B.A. from Amherst College, and the M.A. in English and Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. He has been active professionally both in folklore and ethnomusicology for more than 45 years. As a scholar, Titon has numerous articles, films, recordings, and eight books to his credit, including Early Downhome Blues (1977; 2nd edition, Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1994); Powerhouse for God (1988; 2nd edition, Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2018); Give Me This Mountain: The Life History and Selected Sermons of Rev. C. L. Franklin (Univ. of Illinois Press, 1989), Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes (Univ. Press of Kentucky, 2001), and the Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015). He is known for developing and practicing collaborative ethnographic field research based in reciprocity and friendship, starting in the 1960s when field researchers were taught instead to be objective scientists. Based on consulting work for Ralph Rinzler and Bess Hawes (as a presenter at festivals and a panelist for NEA—Folk Arts) he developed an understanding of public folklore that in the 1980s he brought to ethnomusicology, where he was among the pioneers in establishing an applied ethnomusicology based in social responsibility. He was the first to propose that musical cultures could be understood as ecosystems—this was in the first edition of Worlds of Music (1984)—while in the present century he is known for developing an ecological approach to cultural and musical sustainability. In 2012 he issued an appeal for a sound commons for all living creatures, part of his current project that theorizes a sound ecology. A book of essays on musical and cultural sustainability, written by colleagues and former students in his honor, is forthcoming in 2018 from the University of Illinois Press.
Titon joined the faculty at Tufts University in 1971 as Assistant Professor of English, teaching courses in American literature and in folklore. Beginning in 1974 he also offered courses in ethnomusicology in the department of music; and in 1977 was tenured in a joint appointment as Associate Professor of English and music. At Tufts, he founded the MA program in ethnomusicology, co-founded the program in American Studies, and taught American literature, folklore and ethnomusicology there until in 1986 he moved to Brown University as Professor of Music and director of their doctoral program in ethnomusicology, a position he held until his retirement in 2013. At Brown, he taught graduate seminars and was a popular lecturer for undergraduates. His advisees hold positions at major colleges and universities and also in public ethnomusicology and folklore—both the Tennessee state folklorist and the current director of NEA Folk and Traditional Arts were his advisees. A member of the American Folklore Society since 1974, he was elected a Fellow in 1998, and served on its Executive Board 2015-2017. A member of the Society for Ethnomusicology also since 1974, he was the editor of its journal, Ethnomusicology, from 1990-1995, and in 2015 was made an honorary life member of the Society. He has held visiting professorships at six colleges and universities, including Indiana University’s Folklore Institute; and he was awarded two Fellowships for Independent Study and Research by the National Endowment for the Humanities. His recordings of Old Regular Baptist music were chosen for preservation in the National Recording Registry; and his field recordings and professional papers are in process of transfer to the archives of the American Folklife Center.
Jeff Todd Titon, general editor and contributor; Christopher Scales, R. Anderson Sutton, David Locke, Jonathan P. J. Stock, David Reck, Timothy Cooley, Contributors
Worlds of Music (6th edition).
Jeff Todd Titon
Orality, Commonality, Commons, Sustainability, and Resilience.
Journal of American Folklore. 2016; 129 (4) : 486-497.
Jeff Todd Titon
The Sound of Climate Change.
Whole Terrain. 2016; 22 : 28-32.
Jeff Todd Titon; Marcia Ostashewski
A Conversation with Jeff Todd Titon .
MUSIcultures. 2015; 41 (2) : 170-183.
Ethnomusicology as the Study of People Making Music.
Muzikoloski Zbornik . 2015; 51 (2) : 175-185.
Jeff Todd Titon
Flight Call [fiction].
MUSIcultures. 2015; 41 (2) : 162-169.
Jeff Todd Titon
Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology.
|Jeff Todd Titon Thoreau's Ear. Sound Studies. 2015; 1 (1) : 144-154.|
|Edited by Aaron S. Allen and Kevin Dawe Why Thoreau. Current Directions in Ecomusicology. 2015; : 69-79.|
|Jeff Todd Titon, Aaron Allen, Denise Von Glahn Sustainability and Sound: Ecomusicology Inside and Outside the Academy. Music and Politics. 2014; 8 (2)|
Jeff Todd Titon
Davey [broadside; short fiction].
Jeff Todd Titon
Music and the US War on Poverty: Some Reflections.
ICTM Yearbook. 2013; 45 : 74-82.
Jeff Todd Titon
The Nature of Ecomusicology.
Music e Cultura. 2013; 8 : 8-18.
|Jeff Todd Titon A Sound Commons for All Living Creatures. Smithsonian Folkways Magazine. 2012; Fall-Winter|
My current work includes the following projects and research interests:
1. I am writing a book proposing a sound ecology. A sound ecology is centered on sound communication (including music) in the natural and human worlds, and includes sound experience, sound exchanges (economies) and sound sociality (communities). This book project grows out of my thinking on music, sound and sustainability, a subject I've been speaking about in public forums since 2006. In the spring of 2016 I held the Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric, and Science, at ETSU, where I gave four public lectures in which I explained my project on a sound ecology; these will form the basis for the book, which I hope to complete in 2017.
2. I am continuing ethnographic research on the musical culture and lined hymnody of Old Regular Baptists in southeastern Kentucky. This is an ongoing partnership project for musical and cultural sustainability. It began in 1990 and has resulted in numerous field recordings and videos, as well as two CDs published by Smithsonian Folkways, demonstrations of lined hymnody at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1997 (see my article, "'The Real Thing,'" for an interpretation of their appearance at that event), and at a conference on lined hymnody that took place in 2005 at Yale University. In 2015 the first of the two Folkways CDs was selected for the National Recording Registry in recognition of its contribution to American culture and aural history. I will be continuing this research while in Tennessee during the spring of 2016.
3. A second volume, supplemented with a website, on the life and preaching of the Rev. C. L. Franklin (father of Aretha), of Detroit, MI. The first volume, Give Me This Mountain, was published by the University of Illinois Press. I spent 1977-78 in Detroit supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for Independent Study and Research on Rev. Franklin's life and preaching. Franklin was the most popular African American Baptist preacher of his generation, and his sermons served as models for many listeners. Like a rock star, he made record albums of his sermons (more than 70), recorded live at his home church of New Bethel, in Detroit. With gospel groups such as The Ward Singers accompanying him, he went on preaching tours to black communities all over the U.S. from the early 1950s through the early 1970s. In Detroit I was able to spend time with Rev. Franklin at his home, where I tape-recorded his life history in several sessions over many days. I was also able to make audio and video tape recordings of his sermons during this time. The videos are of special interest as they are the only films ever made of his preaching. In 2014 and 2015 I was privileged to show two of these videotapes at conferences in Detroit honoring and celebrating Rev. Franklin's legacy, titled The Voice of a Prophet, and organized by Rev. E. L. Branch, who was a young minister in Rev. Franklin's church in 1977-78 while I was undertaking the documentation for the project.
4. A hypertext-multimedia interactive fiction entitled The Virtual Festival. In this computer representation of a folk festival, the user experiences something of what it is like to be both front stage and backstage at a folk festival, viewing and listening to presentations, performances, and narratives, while also overhearing conversations backstage, many of which highlight the intentions of the festival organizers, the logistical and other problems they encounter, and the excitement generated when all come together to stage it. The Virtual Festival can be a teaching tool as well as an interactive fiction. In one projected version, it follows a conflict over authority that emerges between a performer and various festival organizers concerning the way the performer is represented, thus foregrounding certain problems and issues involved with festival presentation today. The internet is envisioned as the delivery system for this project, and I demonstrated an early version of it at the 2005 conference of the American Folklore Society.
5. I have prepared a second edition of Powerhouse for God (University of Texas Press, 1988), with a new Afterword, at the invitation of the University of Tennessee Press. It is forthcoming in 2018.
6. I am preparing a book of collected essays, at the invitation of Indiana University Press. It should appear in 2019 or 2020.
7. Fiction writing and musical performance and composition. I continue to write and publish fiction, and to compose and perform music. My most recently published fiction is Davey (2013) and "Flight Call" (2015); my most recent public appearances as a musician took place at the Common Ground Country Fair, in Unity, Maine, in September, 2016, and in April, 2016 at the Down Home in Johnson City, TN. A CD, "Fiddle Tunes for Slack-Key Guitar," will be released in the fall of 2018.
Powerhouse for God: Speech, Chant, and Song in an Appalachian Baptist Church. 2nd edition. Knoxville, University of Tennessee Press, 2018 .
Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples (6th edition, plus Shorter Version, 4th edition). New York: Cengage (2017).
Jeff Todd Titon. "Orality, Commonality, Commons, Sustainability, and Resilience" Journal of American Folklore. 2016; 129 (4) : 486-497 .
"The Sound of Climate Change." Whole Terrain, Vol. 22 (2016): 28-32.
"Exhibiting Music in a Sound Community." Ethnologies, Vol 37, no. 1 (2015): 23-41.
"Thoreau's Ear." Sound Studies, Vol. 1, no. 1 (2015): 144-154. DOI: 10.1080/20551940.2015.1079973
Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology (co-edited with Svanibor Pettan). New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
“Ethnomusicology as the Study of People Making Music." Muzikoloski Zbornik / Musicological Annual (Slovenia) Vol. 51, No. 2 (2015): 175-185.
"A Conversation with Jeff Todd Titon" [interview by Marcia Ostashewski]. MUSICultures, vol. 41, no. 2 (2015): 170-183.
"Flight Call" [Short fiction.] MUSICultures, vol. 41, no. 2 (2015): 162-169.
“Sustainability and Sound: Ecomusicology Inside and Outside the Academy.” [with Aaron Allen and Denise Von Glahn]. Music and Politics, vol. VIII, no. 2 (2014). Access at http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/mp/9460447.0008.205?view=text;rgn=main
"Music and the US War on Poverty: Some Reflections." ICTM Yearbook for Traditional Music 45 (2013): 74-82. International Council for Traditional Music (UNESCO).
Davey. [Short fiction.] W. Brattleboro, VT: Longhouse Publishers, 2013.
"The Nature of Ecomusicology." Music E Cultura 8 (2013): 8-18.
"Music, Mediation, Sustainability: A Case Study on the Banjo." Folklore Forum, Vol. 42, no. 1, June, 2012. Access at http://folkloreforum.net/2012/06/28/music-mediation-sustainability-a-case-study-on-the-banjo/
"Authenticity and Authentication: Mike Seeger, the New Lost City Ramblers, and the Old-Time Music Revival." Journal of Folklore Research, Vol. 49, no. 2 (May-Aug. 2012):227-245.
"A Sound Commons for All Living Creatures." Smithsonian Folkways Magazine, Fall-Winter 2012. Access at http://www.folkways.si.edu/magazine/2012_fall_winter/sounding_off.aspx
"Religious Folklife." Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Folklife volume, ed. Glenn Hinson. Chapel Hill, Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2010.
"Music and Sustainability: An Ecological Viewpoint." The World of Music, Vol. 51, no. 1 (2009):119-137.
Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples. 5th edition. Belmont, CA: Schirmer/Cengage Learning, 2008.
"Tuned Up with the Grace of God: Music and Experience among Old Regular Baptists," in Music in American Religious Experience, ed. Philip Bohlman and Elizabeth Blumhofer, Oxford University Press, 2005.
"Music and Dance." Encyclopedia of New England Culture, ed. Burt Feintuch and David Watters. Yale University Press, 2005.
"Ethnopoetics." Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore, ed. William M. Clements. Greenwood Press, 2005
"Bluegrass and Country Music Lyrics: The Good-old-boy and the Long Journey Home." In Bean Blossom to Bannerman: A Festshrift for Neil V. Rosenberg, ed. Martin Lovelace, Peter Narvaez, and Diane Tye. St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Publications, 2005, pp. 493-508.
"Imagined Communities: Letter from Ole Bull to Sara Thorp." Journal of American Folklore, 111:465 (Summer, 2004).
Songs of the Old Regular Baptists: Lined-out hymnody from southeastern Kentucky, Vol. 2.. CD recording. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution SF 50001, 2003. Producer, recordist, co-author of accompanying brochure notes.
"The Blues as an Historical Phenomenon," in Such Sweet Thunder: Views on Black American Music, ed. Mark Baszak. Fine Arts Center: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2003, pp. 44-47.
"Textual Analysis or Thick Description?," in The Cultural Study of Music, ed. Martin Clayton, Richard Middleton, and Trevor Herbert. London: Routledge, 2003, pp. 171-180. Revised 2nd edition, 2011, pp. 75-85.
"Text," in Eight Words for the Study of Expressive Culture, ed. Burt Feintuch. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003, pp. 69-98.
"Folklore," in John Shepherd, ed., Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Vol. 1 (of 12). London: Continuum, 2003, pp. 76-78.
"A Conversation with Jeff Todd Titon," interviewed by John Fenn, Folklore Forum, special issue on Applied Ethnomusicology, vol. 34, nos. 1 & 2 (2003), pp. 119-131.
"Revivals, Authenticity, Ralph Stanley, and the O Brother Phenomenon" Echo, 4:2, 2002. http://www.echo.ucla.edu/volume4-issue2/folk/titon.html
"Labels: Identifying Categories of Blues and Gospel," in Allan Moore, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001.
American Musical Traditions. 5 vols. Jeff Todd Titon and Robert Carlin, editors. New York: Schirmer Reference (Gale Group/Thompson Learning), 2001.
"Albert Collins: Poet of South Blue Hill, Maine," Northeast Folklore, Vol. 35 (2000), pp. 383-404.
Songs of the Old Regular Baptists: Lined-out hymnody from southeastern Kentucky. CD recording. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution SF 40106, 1997. Producer, recordist, co-author of accompanying brochure notes. See http://www.si.edu/folkways/40106.htm for Smithsonian's listing.
"Folk Hymn." Folklore: An Encyclopedia, ed. Thomas A. Green. Vol. 1. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1997, pp. 455-57.
"Ethnomusicology and Values: A Reply to Henry Kingsbury." Ethnomusicology 41 (1997): 253-257.
"'The Real Thing': Tourism, Authenticity, and Pilgrimage among the Old Regular Baptists at the 1997 Smithsonian Folklife Festival," The World of Music 41 (3), 1999, pp. 115-139.
"Knowing Fieldwork." Shadows in the Field, ed. Gregory Barz and Timothy Cooley. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996, pp. 87-100. Revised 2nd ed., 2005, pp. 25-41.
"Gospel Music." American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, ed. Jan H. Brunvand. New York: Garland, 1996, pp. 321-2.
"Bi-musicality as Metaphor." Journal of American Folklore 108 (1995):287-297.
"Blues" and "Franklin, Rev. C.L." Enclyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, ed. Jack Salzman, David L. Smith, and Cornel West. New York: Macmillan, 1995. 2nd edition, 2005.
"Text." Invited article for special "keywords" issue. Journal of American Folklore 108 (1995): 432-448.
"Winfield Townley Scott." The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry in English, ed. Ian Hamilton. Oxford (U.K.): Oxford University Press, 1994.
"Knowing People Making Music: Toward a New Epistemology for Ethnomusicology." Etnomusikologian vuosikirja, vol. 6, 1994. Helsinki: Suomen etnomusikologinen seura. [Yearbook of the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology]
"Hypertext and Ethnomusicology." Ethnomusicology Research Digest, 186 (1994). http://www.lib.umd.edu/ETC/ReadingRoom/Newsletters/EthnoMusicology/Digest/94-186.erd
"Valuing and De-valuing Appalachian Music." Appalachian Heritage, Special Issue in Honor of Loyal Jones, June, 1994, pp. 81-84.
"Reconstructing the Blues: Reflections on the 1960s Blues Revival." In Transforming Tradition, ed. Neil V. Rosenberg, pp. 220-240. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993.
Clyde Davenport: Puncheon Camps. 1-60 minute cassette. Recording, editing, mastering and notes by Jeff Titon. Berea, Ky.: Appalachian Center, Berea College, 1992.
"Style and Meaning in Contemporary Documentary Film." Appalachian Journal, 20 (Fall 1992): 44-55.
"Music, the Public Interest, and the Practice of Ethnomusicology." Ethnomusicology, 36:3 (1992): 315-322.
"Representation and Authority in Film/Video Production." Ethnomusicology 36:1 (1992):89-94.
Clyde Davenport. Ver. 0.1 thru 0.18. Interactive HyperCard multimedia stack portraying an old-time fiddler and his music. Providence, RI: the author, 1991. A simplified version is available on the World Wide Web at: http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/davenport/CLYDE_DAVENPORT.html
"Crossing Academic Disciplines," in "What Doth It Profit?: The Study of Mountain Religion," Appalachian Journal 18 (1990):56-82. (Five scholars' responses to my book, Powerhouse for God, and my reply.)
Clyde Davenport: Puncheon Camps. [1990 recordings of traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo music by 1992 N.E.A. National Heritage Award winner.] 1-60 minute cassette. Recording, editing, mastering and notes by Jeff Titon. Berea, Ky.: Appalachian Center, Berea College, 1992. Chosen by the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, for their Selected List of Outstanding Roots Music Recordings, 1992.
Give Me this Mountain: Life History and Selected Sermons of the Rev. C. L. Franklin. Foreword by Rev. Jesse Jackson. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989.
Albert Collins: A Video Portrait. 1989. Distributed by Maine Folklife Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME. Stream at www.folkstreams.net
Powerhouse for God. 16mm and VHS video, color, 58 min., 1989. Shown on PBS-TV. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, Watertown, MA. Stream at www.folkstreams.net
"Folk Song." Encyclopedia of Communication. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
[Producer, director, cameraman, soundman, editor.] Albert Collins: A Video Portrait. Shot in 1988 and 1989 on location in South Blue Hill, Maine. Completed November, 1989. Distributed by Maine Folklife Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME.
"God'll Just Bless You All Over the Place: Hymnody in the Fellowship Independent Baptist Church, Stanley, Virginia." Appalachian Journal 14 (1987):348-358.
"Reverend C. L. Franklin and the Afro-American Folk Preaching Tradition." Folklife Annual, 1987. Washington: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 1988.
[Co-producer, co-director, soundman.] Powerhouse for God. Film shot in fall, 1985 and summer, 1986 on location in Stanley, Va. and environs. Completed May, 1989. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources, Watertown, MA.
"Role, Stance, and Identity in Fieldwork Among Folk Baptists and Pentecostals in the United States." American Music, 3(1985):16-24.
Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples. Jeff Todd Titon, General Editor (and Co-author with David P. McAllester, Mark Slobin, David Reck, John Schechter, R. Anderson Sutton, Linda Fujie, David Locke). With accompanying CDs keyed to the text. New York: Schirmer Books, 1984. Revised 2nd edition, 1992. Revised 3rd edition, 1996. Brief Edition, 2000. Revised 4th edition, 2002, Wadsworth (Thomson Learning). Italian translation, 2003, Zanichelli. Chinese translation, 2003, University of Shanghai. Revised Brief Edition, 2004. Revised 5th edition, 2007, Schirmer/Cengage.
Powerhouse for God: Sacred Speech, Chant, and Song in an Appalachian Baptist Church. 2 12" LPs, booklet. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1982. Chosen by Dave Marsh and by Greil Marcus as one of ten best recordings of 1982.
Downhome Blues Lyrics: An Anthology from the Post-World War II Era. Selected, transcribed, and edited by Jeff Todd Titon. Twayne Music Series. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1981. 2nd ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1990.
"The Life Story." Journal of American Folklore 93 (1980):276-292.
"A Song from the Holy Spirit." Ethnomusicology XXIV (1980):223-231.
Guest editor's "Introduction" and "Every Day I Have the Blues: Improvisation and Daily Life." Southern Folklore Quarterly 42 (1978):1-7, 85-98. Special blues issue.
"Some Recent Pentecostal Revivals: A Report in Words and Photographs." The Georgia Review XXXII (1978):579-605.
Early Downhome Blues: A Musical and Cultural Analysis. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977. Paperbound edition, 1979, Illini Books (Univ. Illinois Pr.) Winner, ASCAP Deems Taylor Prize, 1977. Second edition, with a new Afterword by the author, and a new Foreword by Alan Trachtenberg, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995. Cloth and paperbound.
"The Experience of Tongues: Pentecostal Seekers and Exhorters at a Camp Meeting, Elkton, Virginia, 1977." Invited photo essay for Charles Camp, ed., Time and Temperature: A Centennial Publication of the American Folklore Society. Washington: American Folklore Society, 1989.
"Thematic Pattern in Downhome Blues Lyrics: The Evidence on Commercial Recordings since World War II." Journal of American Folklore 90 (1977):316-330.
Lazy Bill Lucas. Philo 1007. 12" LP, North Ferrisburg, Vermont, 1974. With brochure notes.
From Blues to Pop: The Autobiography of Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston. Los Angeles: John Edwards Memorial Foundation, Special Series, No. 4, 1974.
Lazy Bill and His Friends. Lazy 12MO2. 12" LP, Buc, France, 1972.
Lazy Bill Lucas. Wild 12MO1. 12" LP, Buc, France, 1971.
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Recent Invited Lectures:
"A Phenomenological Approach to Animal Sound Communication." Conference on Phenomenology and Ethnomusicology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, June 3, 2018.
"Folklife and Ecojustice." The Yoder Lecture, American Folklore Society annual conference, Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 20, 2017.
"Reverend C. L. Franklin, African American Preaching Traditions, and the Black Atlantic." Keynote address, Atlantic World Arts Conference, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Oct. 7, 2017.
"Sustainability, the Environment, and a Sound Ecology." Ashby Dialogues Lecture, Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Oct. 6, 2017.
"Sustainabillity and a Sound Ecology." Keynote address, Animusic Portugal, Porto, Portugal, Aug. 25, 2017.
"From Music in Its Sonic Context to Music as Sound: Some Theoretical Implications." Symposium on Ethnomusicology in Theory and Practice, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA, May 19, 2017.
"Eco-Trope, Eco-tripe, Sound Cultures, Sustainability and Revival." Keynote address, ICTM Ireland conference, Maynooth, Ireland, Feb. 25, 2017.
"A Sound Ecology." Keynote address, American Musicological Society, SW Chapter, annual meeting, Dallas, TX, Oct. 1, 2016.
"Sound, Experience and Understanding." Basler Chair of Excellence Lecture Series, Spring, 2016: "A Presence of Sound," "A Community of Sound," "An Economy of Sound," "An Ecology of Sound." East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.
“Music, Sound, and the Environment.” Symposium with Denise Von Glahn, Chad Hamill, Aaron Allen, Mark Pedelty, and Scott McFarland. East Tennessee State University, April 5, 2016.
"Toward a Sound Ecology." Musicology Society, The College of Music, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. Feb. 25, 2016.
"The Sound of Climate Change." Keynote address, Exhibiting Sound Conference and Exhibit, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, October 30-Nov. 1, 2015.
"Toward a Sound Ecology." Plenary address, Society for Ethnomusicology and International Council for Traditional Music Joint Forum, Limerick, Ireland, September 13-16, 2015.
"Exhibiting Music in a Sound Community." Keynote Address, Canadian Society for Traditional Music, annual conference, Sydney, NS, June 17, 2015.
"The Sound of Climate Change." University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, April 29, 2015.
"Thoreau's Ear." Carleton College, Northfield, MN, April 28, 2015.
"What Is Applied Ethnomusicology and Why Did They Say Such Terrible Things About It?" Botkin Lecture, Library of Congress, January 14, 2015.
Keynote Address, Ecomusicologies 2014 Conference, Asheville, NC, October 6, 2014.
Keynote Address, The Voice of a Prophet: A Conference Celebrating the Legacy of Rev. C. L. Franklin. Detroit, Michigan, April 24, 2014.
Plenary Address, Annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Nashville, Tennessee, Oct. 7, 2013.
Keynote Address, Symposium on Cultural Sustainability, Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, Vermont, August 16, 2013.
Keynote Address, Biennial Conference of the Brazilian Association of Ethnomusicologists (ABET), Joao Pessoa, Brazil, May 27, 2013.
Distinguished Lecture in Musicology, sponsored by the Humanities Center and the School of Music, University of Tennessee, Oct. 3, 2012.
Saul O. Sidore Lecture, University of New Hampshire, March 22, 2012.
Lecture on Music and Sustainability, Curriculum in Folklore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April 21, 2011.
Seminar on Sound and Sacred Space in the American South, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, April 20, 2011.
Keynote address, Conference on Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, March 25, 2011.
Curry Distinguished Lecture in Musicology, University of Michigan, March 18, 2011.
Lecture on Music and Sustainability, University of Texas, Austin, February 11, 2011.
Lecture and Roundtable on Music and Sustainability, Portland State University, February 4, 2011.
Lecture Series on Music and Sustainability, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China, November 2009.
Reading (fiction), Hugh Ogden Memorial, Rangeley, Maine, August 2009.
Bruno and Wanda Nettl Lecture in Ethnomusicology, University of Illinois, March 2006.
Distinguished Lecture in Ethnomusicology, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, February 2006.
Reading (fiction), "Percy" (short story), The Lomax Legacy, conference at the Library of Congress, January 2006.
Marshall Dodge Lecture, University of Maine, Orono, April 2005.
Keynote address, British Forum on Ethnomusicology, annual meeting, Aberdeen, April 2004.
Honors and Awards
Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Minnesota, 2016. (The University confers its Award on graduates of the University who have attained unusual distinction in their chosen fields or professions or in public service, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership.) See story here: https://cla.umn.edu/english/news-events/news/listening-wind-alum-dr-jeff-todd-titon
Inscribed on Appalachian Studies Wall of Fame for distinguished service, East Tennessee State University, 2016.
Early Downhome Blues chosen for Blues Hall of Fame (literature division), Blues Foundation, Memphis, TN, 2016.
Songs of the Old Regular Baptists (Smithsonian Folkways CD from field recordings) selected for the National Recording Registry, Library of Congress, 2015.
Society for Ethnomusicology, awarded honorary lifetime membership, 2014.
American Musical Traditions chosen among "Best Reference Works of 2002" by Library Journal.
American Folklore Society, Fellow, 1998-
Harvard University, W.E.B. DuBois Institute, Fellow, 1986-87.
National Endwoment for the Humanities, Fellowships for Independent Study and Research, 1977-78 and 1985-86.
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Deems Taylor Prize (for Early Downhome Blues ), 1977.