Distinguished author Philip Short will present Macaulay Lecture at UH Manoa's 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Short's newest book - Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare - nominated for Kiriyama Prize for books about the Pacific Rim

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Posted: Mar 9, 2005

Author Philip Short — internationally-known biographer of China‘s Mao Zedong and Cambodian dictator Pol Pot — will visit the UH Manoa campus this month as the 2005 invited speaker in the Macaulay Lecture Series sponsored by the School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific studies (SHAPS).

His lecture will also serve as the keynote address for the 16th Annual SHAPS Graduate Student Conference.

Short‘s new biography of Pol Pot raises issues about the dictator‘s ascent to power, and discusses the origins of the Khmer Rouge regime, one of the most brutal of the 20th century. Word was received this week that the book is a finalist for the ninth annual Kiriyama Prize in non-fiction, given for books from and about the Pacific Rim. Winners of the $25,000 prize will be announced March 29th.

Philip Short has been a foreign correspondent for The Times of London, The Economist, and the BBC in Uganda, Moscow, China, and Washington, D.C. He lived in China and Cambodia in the 1970s and early 1980s and has returned regularly to report and conduct research for his writing projects. In addition to his definitive biography of Mao, his books include Banda, about the Malawi dictator, and The Dragon and the Bear, a comparison between China after Mao and Russia after Stalin.

The Macaulay Lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at the UH Manoa Center for Korean Studies, beginning at 11:30. The presentation is free and open to the public. A light lunch reception will follow the lecture to provide an opportunity to meet the author.