Posted on February 17, 2015 by jpoertner
Last night the University of West Virginia beat the University of Kansas in men’s basketball. As a KU fan I was disappointed. However Paraguayan Ambassador to the United States Igor Pangrazio (a KU graduate) was also visiting UWV and had a better outcome. He was promoting studying in Paraguay and supporting President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas program that Partners of the Americas is promoting. The program seeks to have 100,000 students from the north to study in the south and visa versa. Here is an article from the UWV student paper about the Ambassador’s visit.
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Posted on January 9, 2015 by jpoertner
This short video is from Partners of the Americas. Steve is welcoming Ambassador Pangrazio to Washington as he starts his post as the Paraguayan Ambassador to the United States. Igor is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
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Posted on December 18, 2014 by jpoertner
International partnerships under Partners of the Americas have achieved amazing results through volunteers. To find out how that is possible take a look at a new book. Steve Richard has supplied this short piece on The Power of Partnerships.
The Power of Partnership is the beginning of an ongoing project to document the histories of its chapters, partnerships, and networks. It draws on Partners’ institutional archives and more than 100 interviews with volunteers, staff members, and project participants including some from Kansas in March, 2013. Beyond commemoration, the 50th anniversary of Partners highlights the significance of people-to-people diplomacy in U.S.-Latin American relations. Partners appreciates KPP and the efforts of Merrill and Boots Raber in publishing “A 40-Year History of KS PY Partners” as a leading example. Of course all of this is only possible because of our southern partners at Comite Paraguay Partners.
You can order from www.partnersmarket.net under “Publications.” Discount applies for two or more books.
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Posted on October 16, 2014 by jpoertner
Eric Conrad who teaches are at Emporia State University is visiting Paraguay under a Partners of the Americas travel grant to assist the judging of a sculpture contest sponsored by Centro Cultural Paraguayo Americano (CCPA) and Comite Paraguay Kansas (CPK). The winner of the context will visit Kansas at a later date. Here are a few photos supplied by our partners at CPK.
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Posted on September 30, 2014 by jpoertner
Teresita Gonzalez presented some of her photographic work at the Lawrence Arts Center September 29, 2014. Teresita has documented the Hospital de Clinicas in Asuncion before it moved to a more modern facility. The hospital was the primary health care facility for the poor. You can see some of her work on YouTube with the link below.
Hosting Teresita were three Lawrence artists who are also participating in helping judge Paraguayan arts contests sponsored by Centro Cultural Paraguay Americano and Comite Paraguay Kansas with travel assisted by Partners of the Americas. Judith McCrea is a professor of art at the University of Kansas and a long time friend of Paraguayan artists. Amber Hansen is a Lawrence artist and lecturer at KU. She went to Paraguay to help judge the photography part of the CCPA – CPK art contest. Eric Conrad is a Lawrence artist and Professor at Emporia State University. He will go to Paraguay during October to help judge the sculpture contest. University of Kansas Paraguayan student Gabriel Racca translated for Teresita.
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Posted on August 30, 2014 by jpoertner
The latest Partners of the Americas blog included this piece about Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Brendan Hughes and Ronaldo a student in the community of Yhu. Ronaldo was chosen as a Youth Ambassador and visited Montana. He missed Kansas but we are still pleased with the success and the connection between the Peace Corps, Partners and Paraguay.
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Posted on June 29, 2014 by jpoertner
The Kansas delegation of American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) 2014, and family members, got acquainted June 23 evening. We appreciate the hospitality of KPP and especially Tina Williams at International House, Washburn University. Five youth from Topeka and Stilwell Kansas are part of 21 from 7 states who will travel to Washington and Paraguay during July. AYLP engages with new cultures to increase leadership skills and promote volunteer community service. It is funded by the US Dept. of State through Partners of the Americas. Comite Py Kansas will host in PY. Steve Richards is one of 3 mentors with the group.
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