Tag: African sculpture

Sierra Leone minister examines water policy issues in Africa in Povolny Lecture Series

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Momodu Maligi ’04

 Momodu Maligi returns to his alma mater as a representative of the government of his native Sierra Leone to shed light on why, in some parts of Africa, water is more valuable than diamonds in a Lawrence University 2017 Povolny Lecture Series in International Studies.

Maligi, Sierra Leone’s minister for water resources, presents “Beyond Diamonds—Trade, Water and Development in Africa,” Monday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Thomas A. Steitz Hall of Science 102. The event is free and open to the public.

A 2004 Lawrence graduate, Maligi has served the Sierra Leone government as minister of water resources since 2014. He speaks on water issues at international conferences around the world. Since his appointment by President Ernest Bai Koiroma, Maligi has overseen the reorganization of Sierra Leone’s water sector, rehabilitating damaged water facilities, bringing in private sector investors and changing the legal framework for water policy.

After earning a degree in government and international studies from Lawrence, Maligi earned a master’s degree in international business and public policy from Valparaiso University.

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Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.”  Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

 

African Sculptures Add Artistic Interest to Lawrence Campus

A gift of 14 African sculptures — seven for Lawrence University and seven for the Appleton Art Center — from Milwaukee art gallery owner David Barnett and his wife, Susan, a 1981 Lawrence graduate, will be officially dedicated Wednesday, June 16 in private ceremonies on campus and at the ACC.

The sculptures were created by members of the Shona tribe of Zimbabwe from a variety of stones, including opal, spring and serpentine.

Several of the pieces have been donated in memory or honor of people with special ties to Lawrence, the Fox Valley community or the Barnetts.  Lawrence’s seven sculptures are located in four locations on campus.

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“Beggar”

“Beggar,” a piece donated in memory of James Auer, a 1950 Lawrence graduate who was a decades-long reporter and art critic for the Milwaukee Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and “Mother and Children,” donated in memory of Barnett’s parents, Philip M. and Ethel Barnett, are located along the new riverwalk nature trail behind the Warch Campus Center.

“Traditional Dancer,” dedicated to the memory of Kaitlin Mahr, a member of the class of 2009 and “African Girl,” dedicated in honor of Cory ’92 and Michelle Nettles, are in the Wriston Art Center.

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“Proud of My New Hair”

“Resting Man,” dedicated to the memory of former Lawrence Professor of French Gervais Reed and “Proud of My New Hair” can be found on Hurvis Crossing over Lawe Street.

“Waving Woman,” which was carved by Colleen Madamombe, widely considered one of the top sculptors in Zimbabwe, is located in Memorial Hall.