A former United Nations ambassador will speak at Texas Tech.

Sichan Siv escaped the Cambodian killing fields in 1976 and settled in Connecticut.

From 1989 through 1993, Siv served as a deputy assistant to President George H.W. Bush and as a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of State.

In 2001, Siv was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and held the position until 2006.

Siv has authored the books “Golden Bones” and “Golden Words.” A book signing will follow his lecture.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 24th at the International Cultural Center, located near 4th Street and Indiana Avenue, and is hosted by Tech's Vietnam Center and Archive.

Admission is free and open to the public.