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C. Kurt Dewhurst

C. Kurt Dewhurst, Ph.D.
Ph.D., English/American Studies, Michigan State University.

Dr. C. Kurt Dewhurst was a founder of the Folk Arts Division at the museum. In addition to his administrative duties, he coordinates a variety of folk life research, collection development, and outreach and engagement programs. He is one of the founding directors of the Festival of Michigan Folk life, a coordinator for the National Folk Festival (when it was in East Lansing), and co-Director of the Great Lakes Folk Festival. His research interests include cultural change and continuity in folk arts, material culture, ethnicity, and occupational folk culture. Other areas of research include museum studies theory and practice and national and international cultural heritage policy. He teaches courses in folk life, material folk culture, and museum studies-including an annual MSU Study Abroad Program on expressive arts, cultural heritage and museum studies in South Africa.
Phone: (517)355-2370, e-mail:dewhurs1@msu.edu

J.D. Snyder

J.D. Snyder
M.S., Resource Development, Michigan State University

J.D. Snyder is project director administering a USDA grant involved with investigating capital access conditions faced by entrepreneurs in Northern Michigan.
Phone: (517)353-9555, e-mail:jdsnyder2020@gmail.com

Rex LaMore

Rex LaMore
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Rex LaMore is State Director of the Michigan State University's Community Economic Development Program and a member of the faculty of the Urban and Regional Planning Program in the newly established School of Planning, Design and Construction at MSU. His current research is focused on Michigan's "knowledge economy and creative communities" where he and a team of scholars at MSU have developed a knowledge economy index for Michigan's counties and municipalities. As the architect of the 1992 Outreach Partnership Act with Senator Don Riegle of Michigan, Dr. LaMore's work has affected the nature of University/Community partnerships nationwide. In 1995 he was the national recipient of the Community Development Society's Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his leadership and sustained commitment to excellence in community development.
Phone: (517)353-9555, e-mail:lamore@msu.edu

John Melcher

John Melcher

Mr. Melcher is the Associate Director for the Center for Community and Economic Development and is also an Academic Specialist for University-Community Partnerships.
Phone: (517)353-9555, e-mail:melcher@msu.edu

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