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Voices From Laos Speakers Tour

Date: 04/22/2013

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Cowles Auditorium Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Cost: Free


Join us to:

  • Listen to the compelling stories of Thoummy Silamphan, accident survivor and executive director of a Lao survivor assistance nonprofit, and Manixia Thor, a mother and deputy leader of an all-women's bomb clearance team.
  • Learn about the UXO problem in Laos and ways in which individuals and organizations are working to clear land and save lives.
  • Find out how you can act to raise awareness and resources for clearing Laos of deadly bombs.
  • Participate in a compelling post-panel discussion as community members share their perspectives about war, loss, reconciliation, and transformation. 


Special Guests:

Thoummy Silamphan, Bomb Accident Survivor & Victim Assistance Advocate

Manixia Thor, Deputy Team Leader, All-Women’s Bomb Clearance Team

Hon. Douglas Hartwick, United States Ambassador to Lao PDR (2001-2004)

Eric Schwartz, Dean, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UofM



This event is generously supported by:

U.S. Department of State- Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Program in Human Rights & Health, School of Public Health, Immigration History Research Center, Human Rights Program, and Open Society Policy Center


  • Name: Kaying Vang
  • E-mail: vang0943@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: Immigration History Research Center, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Human Rights Program, School of Public Health, Program in Human Rights and Health

Disability Options: To request disability accommodations, please contact [name, department, e-mail address, phone number].

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