Youth, Education, and Social Change in Contemporary Cambodia: The Story of the Ponheary Ly Foundation

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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In November of 2012, President Barack Obama made a diplomatic visit to the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia.  President Obama is the first US president to set foot on Cambodian soil since the American bombing of the country from1969-1975, leading up to the treacherous reign of the Khmer Rouge and the subsequent genocide killing approximately 2 million people.   In the decades following the official collapse of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia has continued to struggle with a legacy of deeply entrenched marginalization and exploitation for its people. It faces massive challenges in the areas of educational quality and access, poverty reduction, the management of infectious diseases, and the restoration and creation of economic opportunities for children and youth comprising the majority of the country’s population.

In their presentation, Ponheary Ly and Lori Carlson of The Ponheary Ly Foundation tell the story of one organization’s attempt to foster locally situated, sustainable social transformation in a nation heavily ensconced in the politics of international development and foreign aid. By focusing on access to quality education as an entry point for addressing a range of social issues, The Ponheary Ly Foundation creates comprehensive initiatives that strengthen the inherent capacity of the younger generation so they may lead their country toward a self-determined, equitable, and just future.  Their interactive discussion will draw on story-telling, photography, and documentary video to share the moving, evolutionary journey of this organization and highlight the challenges, possibilities, and successes they encounter participating in the everyday work of a nation rebuilding itself.


Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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