January 05, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's year-long series, "Peace & Resistance," continues in the spring semester with events held in celebration of several milestones in the University's history.

"This year marks the 25th anniversary of the art gallery at Bucknell, the 10th anniversary of the Bucknell Brigade, and 125 years of co-education at Bucknell," said Bonnie Poteet, co-director of the Latin American studies program at the University.

The series includes art exhibitions, lectures and films that explore the theme of "Peace & Resistance." Poteet is serving as co-organizer for the series with Steve Stamos, co-director of the Latin American studies program, and Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery.

Art exhibition
The Samek Art Gallery will host the exhibition, "Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamin," from Jan. 26 through March 27. It is curated by Joseph Mella, director of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery who will give the talk, "Oswaldo Guayasamin: A Life in Art, Conflict and Resistance," on Friday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

The first exhibit of its kind in the United States in more than 50 years, the exhibition showcases the work of the Ecuadorian painter and graphic artist Oswaldo Guayasamin "which focuses on difficult subjects and evokes strong emotional responses, including the horrors of war, the injustices of inequality and discrimination and the rights of women, children and indigenous peoples," said Mills. For more information, visit Samek Art Gallery.

Film series
Several films will be shown as part of the "Peace & Resistance" series. The films include "When the Mountains Tremble," a portrait of the Guatemalan government's war on unions, students and indigenous Maya communities; "The Night of San Juan," a re-enactment by witnesses of the 1967 massacre of tin miners by the Bolivian army; and "Cocalero," which explores the indigenous social movements against the U.S. war on drugs supporting the rise of Evo Morales, the first indigenous president of Bolivia. Details about the film schedule will be announced later.

Other events in the series include:

"Burma's Saffron Revolution: Three Monks Speak Out."  Three monks who led the uprising in Burma in September 2007 – U Pyinnyar Zawta, U Gawsita and U Pyinnyar Thiri – will discuss their experiences and take questions. Specific details for date and time will be announced later.

Donna Lee Van Cott and Douglas Hecock will participate in the forum discussion, "Radical Democracy and Indigenous Resistance in the Andes" on April 2 in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center. Van Cott, who will discuss "Radical Democracy and Indigenous Resistance: From Movements to Parties," is associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut. Hecock, assistant professor of political science at Bucknell, will give an "Introduction, Response and Reflection." The time will be announced later.

"Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua," in April; specific location and time will be announced.

For more information about the series, visit Peace & Resistance.

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