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Cloe Erickson speaks about historic preservation in Morocco Feb. 3 in Big Sky

January 25, 2011


Cloe Medina Erickson will speak Feb. 3 at the Big Sky Institute about her work with a community in Morocco's Atlas Mountains to restore an ancient building into a library.   High-Res Available

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Cloe Medina Erickson, a Montana State University graduate who is founder of the Atlas Cultural Foundation that is working with locals in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco on historic preservation, health and education development projects, will share her experiences at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Big Sky Institute office in Westfork Meadows in Big Sky.

Erickson, who is based in Livingston, will speak about "Morocco: Mud Castles, Mountains and Misperceptions - challenges, lessons and adventures of community development in rural Morocco."

Since 2007, Erickson has coordinated MSU faculty and students in the restoration of an ancient igherm, or granary, into a library and community center in Zawiya Ahansal, a community in Morroco's Atlas Mountains.

Erickson has a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from MSU. After graduation she started an architecture consulting business which allowed her the flexibility to pursue another passion of hers, the Arabic language. Erickson has studied in Morocco, Egypt and Yemen and is fluent in Modern Standard Arabic. She combines her traditional architectural training with her passion for foreign cultures to develop unique projects.

To learn more about Erickson's project, see: http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=7713 or http://igherm.wordpress.com/.

Erickson's presentation is sponsored by the Big Sky Institute with support from the Big Sky Resort Area Tax District . Big Sky Community Education Partnership (CEP) allows Big Sky residents, business people, and visitors to take advantage of higher education resources and lifetime learning opportunities that MSU has to offer. CEP events are listed with the main BSI events .

The BSI Office in Big Sky is located at 3091 Pine Drive, Suite 2. BSI is an interdisciplinary science, education, and outreach institute that was created by Montana State University and like-minded members of the community to transform the role of science in our society by advancing and communicating objective and relevant place-based science and to increase the understanding and appreciation of the globally significant Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Jessie Wiese (406) 993-9355, jessica.wiese@montana.edu