What’s that silver bowl, so shiny and intricately carved, sitting on a shelf in Special Collections/University Archives? It’s a gift from Burma to Bucknell commemorating 100 years of friendship. The bond between the nation now known as Myanmar and the University began more than 150 years ago when Baptist minister and Bucknell trustee Eugene Kincaid encouraged Maung Shaw Loo, Class of 1864, to become the first international student at what was then called the University at Lewisburg. The silver bowl is embossed with motifs of contemplation, peace and tranquility. And its hand-carved stained teakwood stand is supported by three half-lion, half-dog “protectors” of the bowl.
Each spring the Burma-Bucknell Award is given to a community member or organization for outstanding contributions to intercultural and international understanding within the University community. Recipients are given a replica of the original bowl, which was presented to the University by the president of Burma in 1958. This year’s recipients were Professor Angèle Kingué, French & Francophone studies, and Mona Mohammed ’16.
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