The president of Paraguay, Juan Carlos Wasmosy, begins a weekend visit today in Kansas that includes two stops in Lawrence.
Events planned for his visit include a tour of a special
collection in Kansas University's Kenneth Spencer Research Library and dinner in KU's Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art. The library houses the partial archives of Natalicio Gonzalez, president of Paraguay in 1948 and 1949 and ambassador to Mexico from 1956 to 1965.
In addition, Wasmosy will meet with faculty and Paraguayan students at 6 p.m. at Alderson Auditorium. He will end the day with a dinner hosted by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway.
Before his visit to KU today, Wasmosy will meet in Topeka with Gov. Bill Graves. On Saturday, Wasmosy will attend the KU-Kansas State University football game in Manhattan.
On Sunday, Wasmosy will return to Lawrence to attend Mass at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, 1631 Crescent Rd., and be the guest of honor at a brunch sponsored by KU Paraguayan students.
Wasmosy has been president of Paraguay since Aug. 15. For his long service to his country in both the private and public sectors, he received a medal of honor from the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. Wasmosy has a degree in civil engineering and has been a faculty member at the National University of Asuncion.
Wasmosy's visit to KU is coordinated by the International Studies office.