The GAC Presents “Cambodia: A Country of Contradictions,” by Diana Knauf, Wed., Nov. 18

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Join us Wed., Nov. 18 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the PUB Quiet Dining Room (9208) for a talk by Shoreline’s own Prof. Diana Knauf titled “Cambodia: A Country of Contradictions.”

For most, Cambodia evokes one of two striking images; the majesty of the ancient Ankor Wat or the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge era (1975-1979). Come expand your view of this beautiful, sometimes historically troubled and now quickly developing country – there is far more about Cambodia worth knowing.

As with most nations, issues abound: Socio-economic imbalances exist between rural and urban areas, and when combined with the lack of opportunities for employment, education, and safe-migration, issues such as human trafficking arise. Nongovernmental organizations may have sincere hopes of helping, but are they effective? How can one move forward in our fast paced world and yet still protect rich cultural traditions and the environment? In a country determined to move beyond the recent historical events, things move awfully fast, sometimes at a cost to the environment and to its citizens.

Diana Knauf has made two trips to Cambodia (most recently this summer) where she spoke with experts and observed first-hand the beauty and troubles of Cambodia. Join us in discussing this country of contradictions with her. For more information about Dr. Knauf, visit our biographies page.