Texas Tech University

Killing Fields Survivor Sichan Siv Set to Speak at Honors College

Date & Time: February 7th at 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Escondido Theater at the SUB

The Texas Tech University Honors College will host a night with Sichan Siv, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Siv will discuss his personal journey from surviving the Killing Fields of Cambodia to growing into a diplomat and global citizen of the U.S., with focuses on the horrors of genocide, the state of international affairs and the future of diplomacy.

He has chronicled his journey in both the internationally renowned book “Golden Bones: An American dream story, and a poetry book Golden Words.

According to AsiaSociety.org, in 2001 after unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Siv was appointed by President George W. Bush U.N. Ambassador and served in that role until 2006.

From 1989-93, Siv served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush and at the State Department as a deputy assistant secretary.

After escaping the killing fields of Cambodia in 1976, Siv migrated to the U.S. and settled in Connecticut. He earned a master's degree at Columbia University. He is married to the former Martha Pattillo of Pampa.

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