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Laurie K. Sommers, Ph.D.

A folklorist and ethnomusicologist, former MSU Museum staff member, Dr. Sommers serves as periodic contracted fieldworker and presenter at the museum’s folklife festivals. Her recent work in Georgia includes traveling exhibits, documentary radio, and folklife in education. Recent publications include Folkwriting: Lessons on Place, Heritage, and Tradition for the Georgia Classroom (with Diane Howard et. al., www.valdosta.edu/folkwriting) and The Florida Music Train, which won the 2003 Dorothy Howard Prize for folklife in education from the American Folklore Society. She was also the lead on the MSU Museum’s Alan Lomax project.