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Alder Keith Furman

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Alder Keith Furman,
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July Office Hours Change and Dedication of Sculpture Mildred by John Durbrow

July 8, 2019 1:18 PM

Change to July's Office Hours and information on the dedication of a sculpture in Marshall Park.

Office Hours

In July, I will be holding open office hours twice. I've moved my office hours on July 13th to July 20th.

Date Location
Saturday, July 20th (7:30am - 10am) Westside Community Market - Behind UW Health Digestive Health Center; Corner of University Avenue & University Row
Thursday, July 25th (4:30pm - 7pm) Alicia Ashman Library - Study Room - 733 N High Point Rd, Madison, WI 53717

If you have a question, concern or topic of interest that you would like to discuss, but the times above don't work for you, you can e-mail me.

Dedication of Sculpture Mildred by John Durbrow

The public is invited to attend the dedication of the sculpture Mildred by John Durbrow. The sculpture, created in honor of the life of Mildred Fish Harnack, will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Marshall Park, 2101 Allen Blvd. in Madison.
An academic delegation of representatives from eight German universities, who are visiting Wisconsin that week and in Madison that day, will also attend the ceremony.  A similar sculpture is planned for the campus of the University of Giessen, where Mildred completed a PhD in Literature.

Mildred Fish Harnack is celebrated today as a hero of resistance to the Nazi regime in Germany.  She was born in Milwaukee in 1902 and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she met and married Arvid Harnack from Germany.  They returned to Germany, attended the University in Giessen, and moved to Berlin, where they became involved in a resistance movement that supplied information about German economic and military activities to the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.  The group was discovered and arrested in September of 1942, and Arvid was executed in December.  Mildred was tried and initially sentenced to prison, but Hitler ordered a new trial and a new sentence, and she was executed by guillotine on February 16, 1943.  Her last words were reported to be "Ich habe Deutschland auch so geliebt" ("I have also loved Germany so much").

In the Artist's statement explaining what motivated him to create a sculpture in Mildred Fish Harnack's name, Durbrow wrote:

Mildred exhibited the strength, courage, and resolve to address early on the forces of oppression which eventually inflamed the entire world. Her convictions led her to associations and political environments far afield from her cherished serenity and comforts of Wisconsin, into a situation where once academic discourse begat deliberate action. She was too involved in the resistance to be perceived simply as a victim, yet too removed from mainstream conduct of war to have received accolades for heroism. Mildred's actions were imbued with personal resolve and inner strength rather than by ambition. The subtly anthropomorphized stele memorial reflects the quiet and somber dignity which is befitting one whose pursuits where impelled by selfless love and idealism. The memorial is intended to spiritually unite Mildred with her formative base and intellectual center, Wisconsin.  

Mayor Satya Rhodes Conway and the Madison Arts Commission invite the public to attend and celebrate the life and values of this great Wisconsin woman.

As always, if there is anything I can do to help, feel free to reach out:

-Keith F

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