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Author to recount his imprisonment in Cambodia, April 10

French scholar and author François Bizot will recount his experiences as a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the subject of his critically acclaimed book "Le Portail" (The Gate), at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the 1915 Lounge, Butler College .

Bizot is an ethnologist and holds a chair in Buddhism at the École Pratique des Hautes Études. In 1971, while in Cambodia studying ancient Buddhist texts, he was arrested on suspicion of being an American spy. He was released after three months, reportedly the only Westerner to survive Khmer Rouge capture.

Bizot's lecture will be delivered in French and will be followed by question-and-answer period in French and English.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of French and Italian and the Center for French Studies.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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