Loung Ung | Human Rights Activist & Author

Loung Ung was only 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge soldiers stormed into her native city of Phnom Penh. In 1980, Ung, her older brother, and his wife escaped to Thailand, where they spent five months in a refugee camp before relocating to Vermont in the United States of America. Since 1995, Ung has made over thirty trips back to Cambodia and 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 the Campaign for a Landmine Free World.

Ung’s bestselling memoir, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, is widely used in high school and university curriculum. Ung has also authored Lucky Child: A Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind and Lulu in the Sky: A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing and Double Happiness, both of which are used in high school and university curricula.

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2017

Juan Williams | Journalist, Author, & Political Analyst

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2016

Alfie Kohn | Author & Lecturer

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2015

Jonathan Kozol | Educator, Writer, & Activist

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2014

Luoung Ung | Human Rights Activist & Author

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