News Release
Oct. 4, 2011

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U Thant’s Daughter To Speak at HCC Carries on Father’s Work

Thursday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. Open to Public at No Charge

BRIDGEPORT – Aye Aye Thant, daughter of former U.N. Secretary General U Thant, will speak Oct. 13 at Housatonic Community College.

 Thant, who founded the U. Thant Institute to carry on her father’s work, will talk about student activism and what students can do on a practical level to help bring about world peace. She will discuss how an education can help students further these efforts through involvement in careers such as diplomacy, journalism, and working for Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).

U Thant, a native of Burma (now Myanmar) served as the third U.N. Secretary General, succeeding Dag Hammarskjold who was killed in a plane crash. Thant held the position from 1961 to 1971. During his tenure, he was credited with helping to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis and helping to end the Civil War in the Congo.

On many occasions, U Thant referred to the U.N. Charter, which stressed the need for people “to practice tolerance and live together in peace as good neighbors.” The U Thant Institute was founded to promote his values, ideals and vision of a peaceful world that is safe for diversity and where people can live in peaceful coexistence.

Aye Aye Thant’s talk will begin at 11 a.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall on the southern perimeter of the HCC campus. It is open to the public at no charge.

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at: www.hcc.commnet.edu <http://www.hcc.commnet.edu> .

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.