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The Common Reading Program is made possible through the generous support of the Shepherd University Foundation. All events are free & open to the public.


Wednesday, Sept. 5th – 6:00 pM

Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History & Education Auditorium

“We Will Never Do Without Family”:  Hyeonseo Lee’s Escape from North Korea – lecture by Dr. David Gordon

Hyeonseo Lee’s story is rooted in the history of Korea, an ancient civilization that was tragically divided into north and south after World War II.  Lee and later her mother and brother escaped North Korea, a land that both flattered and brutalized its people.  This lecture compares Lee’s description of North Korea with the totalitarian regime depicted in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, finding many similarities and one major difference:  In North Korea, family serves as a quiet but secure lifeline for its citizenry.

Refreshments to follow.

David B. Gordon holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Hawaii and has taught at Shepherd University since 2000.  His research focuses on modern East Asian intellectual history.  In 2009, his college-level biography of Chinese revolutionary Sun Yatsen was published by Pearson Prentice Hall. 



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