Ambassador Sichan Siv Delivers Lecture on, From the Killing Fields to the White House, at UC, 25 October 2011, at 6 PM


6 October 2011 (Phnom Penh) – As part of the WSD-AEF Distinguished Lecture Series, the University of Cambodia (UC) is pleased to announce that it will host a lecture by Ambassador Sichan Siv, on 25 October 2011, at 6 PM. The lecture is titled, From the Killing Fields to the White House, and takes place at the UC Conference Center. Ambassador Siv will discuss his journey and life in the United States.


This event is open to the public.


Sichan Siv ( is the international bestselling author of Golden Bones, an American dream story, published by HarperCollins. He was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2001 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as a United States ambassador to the United Nations, serving until 2006. In June 2005, Ambassador Siv addressed the 60th anniversary of the U. N. in San Francisco, in the footsteps of Presidents Truman in 1945, Eisenhower 1955, Johnson 1965, and Clinton 1995.

From 1989 to 1993, Ambassador Siv served at The White House as deputy assistant to President George H. W. Bush and at the State Department as deputy assistant secretary of State. He currently serves as a Texas State commissioner on holocaust and genocide. In the private sector, he has held positions in social services, educational exchange, financial management, and investment banking. He provides global strategic advice and gives motivational speeches around the United States and the world. 

Ambassador Siv holds a master of international affairs from Columbia University. He escaped Cambodia’s killing fields in 1976 and was resettled as a refugee in Wallingford, Connecticut. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the “George H. W. Bush Award for Outstanding Public Service” and from the Brazilian Academy of Art, Culture, and History. He is a volunteer in the U. S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol and the San Antonio Aviation Police among others. He and his wife, the former Martha Pattillo of Pampa, Texas, spend their time in San Antonio, New York, and beyond.