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Cambodian Conference Organized by Marlboro College

Brattleboro, VT— "Cambodia: History, Memory and the Arts," a one-day conference organized by Marlboro College, will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center at 28 Vernon Street in Brattleboro.

The morning session, “Cambodia in History, from the Temples of Angkor Wat to the Tourism of Today,” examines Cambodia in the context of Southeast Asia and the period of French Colonialism. The afternoon session, “The Khmer Rouge and After: Genocide, Survival, Renewal and the Role of Memory in the Cambodian Diaspora,” explores Cambodia during both the reign of the Khmer Rouge and after liberation, including an examination of genocide and the role of memory in the Cambodian Diaspora.

Conference speakers include Ben Kiernan, founding director of the Genocide Studies Program at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, and Arn Chorn-Pond, president of Cambodia Living Arts.

Kiernan, author of The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979 and Cambodia: The Eastern Zone Massacres, among others, is the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History at Yale University. Kiernan received his Ph.D. and B.A. from Monash University in Australia.

Chorn-Pond is a Cambodian genocide survivor who was the subject of the award-winning and Emmy-nominated film The Flute Player, a 2003 documentary by Jocelyn Glatzer about his life and his attempts to heal himself and his country through music. Chorn-Pond has founded several organizations including Children of War, Cambodian Volunteers for Community Development, Peace Makers, and the Cambodian Master Performers Program, which tries to preserve Cambodia’s musical heritage.

Chorn-Pond will discuss The Flute Player following a screening of the film on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery at 139 Main Street in Brattleboro. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to Cambodian Living Arts. This event is sponsored by Wild Root Arts and Cambodian Living Arts (a project of World Education).

The conference is sponsored by Marlboro College and the Hill Center for World Studies and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

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