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International human rights activist Arn Chorn-Pond to speak at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at the University of South Dakota, in cooperation with the USD Political Science League, welcomes international human rights activist Arn Chorn-Pond at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Farber Hall, which is located inside historic Old Main on the USD campus.

Chorn-Pond, the subject of the documentary “The Flute Player,” will present the program “A Child of War and A Man of Peace” and share the story of his life growing up in the “Killing Fields” of Cambodia. A victim and a survivor of the Cambodian genocide, he has grown up to become an internationally-recognized human rights leader. In addition to founding Children of War – an international youth leadership organization for building community, activism and healing for teenagers – Chorn-Pond is the founder of Cambodian Living Arts that teaches a new generation of Cambodians (both in the United States and Cambodia) about traditional Cambodian music and art forms.

Following Chorn-Pond’s keynote address, he will sign copies of the book, “Never Fall Down,” at 9 p.m. in Farber Hall. A photo of Chorn-Pond is available for download at

The only leadership program in the state – as well as the oldest and most well-established leadership program in the Midwest – the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership was established by the South Dakota Board of Regents in 1997 as a Center of Excellence. Housed within the Department of Political Science at USD, the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership annually hosts programs, Farber Forums, designed to give students and the public insight into national and state politics, campaigns and elections, public administration and international relations.

For more information about this or other Farber Center events, please contact or visit the Farber Center on the Web at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News