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C. Kurt Dewhurst

Title: Ph.D., English/American Studies, Michigan State University
Department: Outreach: Folk Arts Division, MSU Museum
Phone: 517-355-2370
Email: dewhurs1(at)

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 Education Abroad Program on expressive arts, cultural heritage and museum studies in South Africa.