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Year of Ecuador continues with presentation, art & photo exhibits

WKU’s International Year of Ecuador continues with a series of events in February.

    WKU's International Year of Ecuador continues during the spring 2015 semester.

WKU’s International Year of Ecuador continues during the spring 2015 semester.

The Musical Traditions of Ecuador: In the first IYO event for the spring semester, composer and sociologist Dr. Milton Estévez will discuss music in Ecuador at 5 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 3) in Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium.

Dr. Estévez will present and discuss two short documentary films — one on popular Afro-Ecuadorian music from a coastal lowlands region and the other on a classical composer from Quito who has created distinctively Ecuadorian works — that he helped develop for Ecuador’s Ministry of Culture. The films offer contrasting views of how cultural and national identity is expressed through music, as well as a unique way to think about Ecuador’s multiracial society and the relationship between music and history.

Art in Motion/Guayasamín’s Ecuador Unframed: The exhibit bridges cultural theory, mathematical analysis, media visualization and computer programming in an innovative installation of the mural Ecuador (1952), a major art work by Oswaldo Guayasamín, one of the most prominent Latin American artists of the 20th century.

Intended to represent the inherent antagonisms and racial multiplicity of the Ecuadorian nation, the mural is composed of five movable and interchangeable panels. Developed by scholars at the University of Notre Dame, Art in Motion/Guayasamín’s Ecuador Unframed pairs archival quality reproductions of the Ecuador mural with technological applications, enabling viewers to digitally mobilize and reorganize the murals panels into a configuration of their choosing.

Thanks to a partnership between Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and WKU’s Office of International Programs and Kentucky Museum, the exhibit will be on display from Feb. 7 to Feb. 28 at the Kentucky Museum.

Discovering Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands: The photo exhibit, a new edit of the work produced by a team of international photographers for the book Discovering Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, will be presented from Feb. 9 to March 20 at the Mass Media and Technology Hall Atrium and Gallery.

Gallery hours are: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.-9 p.m. The gallery is closed on Saturday. The exhibit will be closed during the week of March 9 for WKU’s spring break. The gallery is free and open to the public. Parking is available after 4:30 p.m. daily in the Chestnut Street South Lot.

iyopostofweekIYO Post of the Week: Using social media, WKU students can share what they’ve learned about Ecuador and, in doing so, can be eligible to win a $250 book scholarship. To find out more, visit http://www.wku.edu/iyo/postoftheweek.php

About the IYO program: The International Year Of… program is an ongoing series intended to provide the campus and community multiple and varied opportunities to engage with a single country or region for an entire academic year. Beyond the 2014-15 celebration of Ecuador, WKU will continue its annual country exploration with South Africa in 2015-16, South Korea in 2016-17, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2017-18. For more about the International Year of Ecuador’s spring semester events, visit www.wku.edu/iyo or follow us on social media @wkuiyo.

About the Office of International Programs: The Office of International Programs supports the internationalization agenda of the university by creating opportunities for faculty and staff development in a global context and supporting the development of meaningful co-curricular programming for student, campus and community audiences.

Contact: Addie Cheney, (270) 745-3036

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