February 25, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's year-long series, "Peace & Resistance," continues this spring with events celebrating 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.

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 the Samek Art Gallery website.

Gitanjali Gutierrez, a 1992 graduate of Bucknell University who is serving as counsel for detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, will give the talk, "Torture, Guantanamo and American Values," on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

An attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based human rights organization litigating extensive challenges to the executive’s post-9/11 anti-terrorism policies, she is counsel for Mohammed al Qahtani, a Saudi citizen detained in Guantanamo, who was subjected to the "first special interrogation plan." She also represents Majid Khan, a Baltimore resident and citizen of Pakistan transferred from secret CIA detention to imprisonment at Guantánamo in September 2006.

Carlos A. Jauregui will give the lecture, "The Serial Killer and the Rebel: The Curious Case of the Man-eating Negro aka El Negro Incognito," on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

Jauregui, who was instrumental in bringing to the United States the groundbreaking Guayasamin exhibition currently at the Samek Art Gallery, is also an editor and contributor of the Guayasamín Exhibition catalog: Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamin. He is associate professor of Latin American literature and anthropology in the department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Film series
Films being shown as part of the "Peace & Resistance" series include "The Night of San Juan (The Courage of the People)", a re-enactment by witnesses of the 1967 massacre of tin miners by the Bolivian army, on Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center; 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, on Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.

The Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its ongoing relief work with victims of Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

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

Contact: Division of Communications


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