Chatham News

Renowned author Le Ly Hayslip to speak at Chatham about her non-profit work in Vietnam and screen brief documentary about her life

The free public event on February 9 is held in support of the University’s Global Focus Program’s Year of Southeast Asia – Vietnam

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
February 2, 2012

PITTSBURGH (February 2, 2012)… Chatham University will host a discussion by Le Ly Hayslip, philanthropist and renowned author of the memoir When Heaven and Earth Changed Places (made into Oliver Stone’s film Heaven and Earth) at 6:30 p.m. on February 9 at Sanger Lecture Hall in Coolidge Hall on the Shadyside Campus. The free public event will be held in support of the University’s Global Focus Program’s Year of Southeast Asia – Vietnam. Prior to Ms. Hayslip’s discussion, there will be a screening of a short documentary about her life.

Ms. Hayslip’s memoir has been hailed as a previously neglected look at the Vietnam War from the perspective of the Vietnamese peasants. The author founded the “East Meets West Foundation” in 1988, which continues to help rebuild lives in Southeast Asia.

About the Global Focus Program
The Global Focus Program at Chatham University engages its “World Ready Women” and graduate students in the purposeful study of peoples and civilizations. Every year, Chatham’s community of scholars promotes the acquisition of sustainable global competencies through the critical and holistic exploration of one specific country or region of the globe. The program concurrently reinforces cross-cultural ties and internationalization projects in Pittsburgh region and beyond.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit

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