The Institute of International Education (IIE) held a Special Lecture on “Burma’s Spring” by Dr. Myint Oo, Alumnus of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) and the Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Fellowship Program. The lecture took place on May 21, 2012 at 5 pm at IIE’s New York City Headquarters (809 United Nations Plaza, 12th floor). Discussion followed, moderated by Suzanne DiMaggio, Vice President for Global Policy Programs at the Asia Society.
At the event, a clip was shown from the recent documentary, “They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain,” directed by filmmaker Director Robert H. Lieberman, who went to Burma to teach film and make public-service ads as part of the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program in 2008.
Dr. Oo visited the United States from Burma as a recent recipient of the Scholar Rescue Fund’s new “Hite Lecture Awards,” made possible by the SRF Hite Foundation Chair for Communications. A leading physician and public health educator, he received a Humphrey Fellowship to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2003-2004. From 2010-2011, Dr. Oo joined the faculty of the department of health at Tufts University through IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, which provides support to threatened academics around the world. Since returning home last fall, he has resumed his work with Burma’s General Practitioners’ Society as Secretary for the Committee of Ethics.
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