Posted on October 14, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Activist, exile and author U Kyaw Win will speak about recent and historic changes in the Asian nation of Myanmar on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Willard Smith Library in the Vaughan Literature Building on the Bucknell University campus. This discussion is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

In recent years, Myanmar, which a military government ruled for decades, has started a slow process of democratization. In an open election in 2015, the National League for Democracy won a victory. Win published a book, My Conscience, in July that tells the story of his long struggle for democracy in his country. He will discuss his book, Burmese politics and entertain questions about the current situation in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Bucknell has a long and rich relationship with Myanmar. Maung Shaw Loo, the first international student to attend the University, arrived in 1858 from Burma and since then, Bucknell has continued to welcome Burmese students and maintain connections with the country. The annual Burma-Bucknell award, which was established in 1958, is given each spring to a University community member who has made outstanding contributions to intercultural and international understanding.

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