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Where: University of Massachusetts Lowell
220 Pawtucket Street
Lowell, MA 01854
UMass Lowell Art & Design student Chummeng Soun will discuss and screen the trailer for his documentary “Sopileak: Unveiling the Magic and Mystery,” followed by a performance by Angkor Dance Troupe.
MIT Professor and Harpswell Foundation founder Alan Lightman will read from his new novel “Three Flames,” which focuses on the hopes and struggles of a Cambodian farming family.
The event is cosponsored by the UMass Lowell, Middlesex Community College, and the Independent University Alumni Association at Lowell, and is free and open to the public.
Chummeng Soun received a grant from the Independent United Alumni Association at Lowell for his documentary project, “Sopileak: Unveiling the Magic and Mystery,” which recounts the revival of a long-lost classical Cambodian dance.
It follows the journey of Master Teacher Phousita Huy, Artistic Director for Angkor Dance Troupe, from her home in Lowell to Paris, where she is reunited with her long-lost friend Master Khanika Mam.
Together, they begin to remember and recover dance movements from their younger days before the Khmer Rouge, including some that have never been seen by the public.
This documentary reveals the creative process of Cambodian dance, an experience rarely seen. Chummeng Soun a member of Board of Directors for Angkor Dance Troupe, where he has also been a Principal Dancer and Senior Dance Instructor.
Alan Lightman is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller Einstein’s Dreams, as well as The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of a memoir, three collections of essays, and several books on science.
His work has appeared in "The Atlantic, Granta," "Harper’s Magazine," "The New Yorker," "The New York Review of Books," "Salon," and "Nature," among other publications.
He has taught at Harvard and at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities.
In 2003, Lightman founded the Harpswell Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia and Southeast Asia.
Lightman, who received an honorary degree from UMass Lowell in 2010, lives in the Boston area.
For more information please read the UMass Lowell Press Release: Event to Honor Cambodian Experience and email: CAAS@uml.edu.