Denison University Hosts Local Peace Corps Veteran Kris Holloway
Posted: October 13, 2006
Among the missions of the Peace Corps is one to change the lives of men and women in host countries for the better. Very often, among the results of Peace Corps service is the changed lives of it volunteers. Kris Holloway, the daughter of Bill and Jane Holloway of Granville, will describe the experiences she encountered as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali and the changes in her own life at 4 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 23) in Room 423 of Fellows Hall. Sponsored by the International Studies Program, the Women's Studies Program and the Academic Lecture Fund, the lecture is free and open to the public.
"Monique and the Mango Rains" is a book written by Holloway that describes her service with a Mali midwife and the midwife's efforts to improve the prenatal and pediatric care in her village. Hollaway writes that "Most women are married by the age of 18 and have (on average) seven children, one of the highest fertility rates in sub-Saharan Africa." Maternity mortality rates in Mali are among the 10 highest in the world. Ironically, Monique herself died during childbirth.
Part of the profits of the book, which was published by Waveland Press, will support Clinique Monique. The clinic was started by Monique's eldest cousin and U.S. contributions are funding the training of Monique's sister as a midwife.
Holloway is making several appearances in Licking County during her book tour. She will appear at the Ohio State University-Newark campus on Wednesday (Oct. 25) and at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday (Oct. 26) at the First Presbyterian Church,as part of the Granville Reads series presented by the Granville Public Library.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- Kris Holloway discusses her book "Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali"; 4 p.m., Monday (Oct. 23), Room 423 of Fellows Hall. Free and open to the public. Contact 740-587-6369 to confirm information.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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