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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission


2024 Genocide Awareness Lecture featuring Loung Ung

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Calendar   Speaking Engagements
Location Livestream
Date Wed, Apr 3, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Duration   1h

Lecture description: Peace is not a wish. Peace is not something you want, dream of, and wait for others to deliver. Peace is an action. Many, many actions. Whether in one’s heart, community, or world, peace requires our daily actions. With over three decades of experience as a student activist, a professional agent of change working on campaigns to end violence against women, landmines, and child soldiers, Loung will explore how we can all lead in our daily lives to make a difference in our world.

About the speaker: Loung Ung was only 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge soldiers stormed into her native city of Phnom Penh. Four years later, in one of the bloodiest episodes of the 20th century, some two million Cambodians – including both of Loung's parents, two sisters, and 20 other relatives – had been killed. Ung herself went on to become a bestselling author and an activist who has devoted herself to helping her native land heal from the traumas of war. She has worked as an activist to end violence against women, child soldiers, and more. Loung's bestselling memoir, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, was a 2001 recipient of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians’ Association award for Excellence in Adult Non-fiction Literature, and it is widely taught in high schools and universities across the U.S. and internationally. She is also the co-screenplay writer of the critically acclaimed 2017 Netflix Original Movie based off this memoir that was produced and directed by Angelina Jolie. Selected as one of the "100 Global Youth Leaders of Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum, Ung has also been featured in numerous publications, television shows, and radio shows.

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