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Second Paraguay lecture to feature KU emeritus professor

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The second program focused on Paraguay, in conjunction with the special exhibit currently running at Bethel College’s Kauffman Museum and Carriage Factory Gallery in downtown Newton, takes place this Sunday, March 21.

Carriage Factory Gallery will host the program, which features Charles L. Stansifer, emeritus professor of history at the University of Kansas, as the speaker. The lecture begins at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

In “A Commentary on Paraguayan History,” Stansifer will discuss how geography, culture and politics have negatively impacted the land-locked South American nation. He will show how Paraguay – despite experiencing the most devastating war in South American history, as well as lengthy dictatorships – has seen “successes in art, music, theater, sports [and] museums.”

Stansifer will examine criticism of and potential solutions to past problems, offered by Paraguayan political and business leaders, intellectuals and artists.

The special program is part of the exhibition project “Images of Paraguay” on display at Carriage Factory Gallery and Kauffman Museum. “Images of Paraguay” includes art that reflects criticism of Paraguayan dictatorships, the colonial displacement of native people and abuse of human rights.

Featured in the exhibition at Kauffman Museum are four prints from Stansifer’s personal collection. In 1984, the Museo del Barro in Asunción published this series of woodcuts, created by Paraguayan soldiers during the War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70). The prints were originally published in the newspaper Cabichu’i (a Guaraní language term for an aggressive black bee) and depict the conflict from the soldier’s perspective.

“Images of Paraguay” curator Reinhild K. Janzen noted that the prints “provide rare documentation of Paraguayan political, popular artistic expression in the 19th century.”

The exhibition and programs are supported by Carriage Factory Gallery, Kauffman Museum, Kansas Arts Commission, Kansas Humanities Council and Kansas-Paraguay Partners. The final program will be held April 25 at Kauffman Museum. For more information about the exhibition and programs, contact Rachel Pannabecker at Kauffman Museum, 316-283-1612, e-mail.

Carriage Factory Gallery will be open on March 21 especially for the Stansifer lecture, beginning at 2 p.m. so those interested can view the artwork before the program. Carriage Factory is located at 128 E. Sixth Street, Newton, with regular hours Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission to Carriage Factory Gallery is free. Kauffman Museum, located on the Bethel College campus at 27th and North Main, North Newton, is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (closed Mondays and major holidays). Admission to Kauffman Museum is $4 for adults, $2 for children 6-16 and free to members and children age five and under.

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