History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences


Winifred Lambrecht

After doing fieldwork in Peru and Egypt, Winifred Lambrecht taught in New York  at CUNY and the School for Visual Arts. She  moved to Rhode Island and became director of a cultural program at the RI State Council for the Arts, writing grants to support her activities with the state’s and the region’s ethnic and occupational communities. She also worked with the Smithsonian Institute and maintains affiliations with several festivals directed by the National Council for the Traditional Arts. 

Lambrecht has managed a number of international cultural exchanges and continues to document and present traditional artists from a variety of cultural communities. She has collaborated on – or produced/directed – a series of documentary films in countries including Tanzania, Mexico, Armenia and the US. She contributes regularly to such publications as Parabola Magazine and the Journal of American Folklore.

Lambrecht’s recent activities include:

  • Participated in the ethnomusicology forum Music of the Silk Road and presented Iraqi classical oud player Mohammed Antesar, Bryant University, March 2012.
  • Nominated to the board of directors, Rhode Island Hispanic Heritage, March 2012.
  • Presented her film The Cuetos: Four Generations of Puppeteers at the International Conference on Puppetry and Post-Dramatic Performance, April  2011.
  • Reviewed The Berimbau: Soul of Brazilian Music (Eric A. Galm) for Indiana University Press, Spring 2011.
  • Reviewed the exhibition Keepers of Tradition (The Museum of Our National Heritage, Dr. M. Holtzberg, curator) for the Journal of American Folklore, 2011


Academic research/ areas of interest

  • Traditional arts (including traditional African architecture)
  • Visual anthropology
  • World music/Ethnomusicology
  • “Utopian” communities
  • Immigration