JHQ: Aftermath Of Genocide In Cambodia 3/4 PM


February 5, 2010

Manhattan College’s Holocaust Resource Center Hosts Lecture About The Aftermath Of Genocide In Cambodia

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – The Manhattan College Holocaust Resource Center will host a lecture, The Aftermath of Genocide in Cambodia: the UN and the Failures of National Reconciliation, given by Dr. Benny Widyono on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. The event, which will take place in Smith Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

Widyono is the author of Dancing in Shadows: Sihanouk, the Khmer Rouge and the United Nations in Cambodia (2007). His book is not only a political memoir but also is an account of the flawed efforts of UN peacekeeping and the inadequacies of the international response to genocide by the Khmer Rouge in the aftermath of the Cold War.

After serving as a provincial director in the United Nations Transitional Authority on Cambodia (UNTAC) in 1992-1993, Widyono was named personal representative of the United Nations secretary-general in Cambodia in 1994. He remained in that post until 1997, when he retired from the United Nations after 34 years.

In retirement, Widyono has served as an economic advisor on Southeast Asian issues both in academia and in the business world. Since 2006, Widyono has been professor of economics at the University of Connecticut at Stamford.

For more information about this event, please call Dr. Jeff Horn, director of the Holocaust Resource Center at Manhattan College, at (718) 862-7129 or email jeff.horn@manhattan.edu.

The history of the Holocaust Resource Center dates back to 1996, when discussions among concerned faculty and administrators at the College and in the Riverdale community led to its founding with the mission of promoting Catholic-Jewish dialogue and educating future generations about the Holocaust. The center inaugurated its Visiting Scholars Program the next year, and in 2006, an additional annual lecture was added to the series that focuses on genocides other than the Holocaust.

More information about the Holocaust Resource Center can be found on its Web site at home.manhattan.edu/holocaustcenter.

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