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Kurt Dewhurst Receives Fulbright Specialist Award

Tuesday, January 18, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Timothy Lloyd
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AFS President and Michigan State University Museum Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage C. Kurt Dewhurst has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant.

In February and March 2011, Dewhurst will be in residence at the Anthropology Department at the University of Witwatersrand (known as "Wits") in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he will research the artifact and documentary collections of the Museum of Ethnology and the university's larger archival collections to help construct a museum re-development plan. He joins one of the oldest and foremost anthropology departments on the African continent.

The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between US academics and professionals and their counterparts at overseas universities or institutions with education focused programming.Theprogram awards grantsto qualified US faculty and professionals, in select disciplines,to engage in short-term collaborative2- to 6-weekprojectsat higher education institutions in over 100countries worldwide.

"I am honored to be the recipient of this award," notes Dewhurst. "This will enable me to build on my continued work on African cultural heritage, which has involved partnerships with the Nelson Mandela Museum, the planning for the Kathrada Foundation Museum Center, and other South African institutions and colleagues. It is my hope that this grant will help strengthen MSU's and AFS's cultural and academic networks in South Africa."

Dewhurst is former director of the MSU Museum and was a founder of the traditional arts research program at the museum. In addition to his curatorial role, he is professor of English in the College of Arts and Letter and director of arts and cultural initiatives, University Outreach and Engagement. Dewhurst also serves as chair of the Advisory Committee of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and as chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. He is the recipient of a previous Fulbright Award for work with the National Culture Commission in Thailand in 1992.

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