Panama Week will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 5 at Kansas University.
The week's activities will include brown bag lectures, video documentaries, an exhibit in the Kansas Union, a mass and ethnic food served at the Union Square cafeteria.
"We want people to think of Panama as more than Noriega and the Panama Canal," said Antonio Dominguez, president of the Panamanian Student Assn.
"Our landscape includes rain forests, deserts, mountains and beaches," he said.
"The population is very diverse so we have beautiful ethnic costumes, dances and hand-crafted items. I am sure once people find out what Panama is really like, many will want to go there."
The week's activities are sponsored by the student group and the Office of International Studies, which is holding several "Country Week" activities.
Panama Week events include:
- Oct. 31 -- Documentary videos, 3 p.m., "The Golden Jungle," 3:30 p.m. "The Kuna Indians of Panama," Room 3, Lippincott Hall.
- Nov. 1 -- Brown bag lunch and worldview lecture and slide show, noon to 1 p.m., Alcove A, Kansas Union, "Indian Mapping of the Land in the Darien Region of Eastern Panama," by Peter Herlihy, assistant professor of geography.
-- Documentary videos, 3 p.m., "The Panama Canal," 3:45 p.m., "A Man, a Plan, a Canal: Panama," Room 3, Lippencott Hall.
- Nov. 2 -- All Souls Day mass, 4:30 p.m., St. Lawrence Catholic Center.
- Nov. 3 -- Brown bag lunch, noon to 1 p.m., Parlors A and B, Kansas Union, "Prospects for Democratization in in Post-Invasion Panama," by Orlando Perez, visiting professor of political science.
Rice and beans dinner talk, Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread, "Indigenous Women in Panama and Honduras: Human Rights and Conservation Issues," by Laura Herlihy. Dinner is at 6 p.m. The talk will be about 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 4 -- Casablanca Night, 9 p.m., Ramada Inn, 2222 W. Sixth. Contemporary Panamanian music will be featured.
- Nov. 5 -- Panamanian Cultural Night, 7 p.m., Kansas Union Ballroom. Traditional Panamanian dances, costumes and food.
Throughout the week, a Panama Week information line will be available for up-to-the-minute information at 864-4142.