The Youngest Ubben Lecturer: Yeonmi Park

August 22nd, 2015

I found an article on DePauw site, under the news media’s latest news. The youngest Ubben Lecturer speaker , Yeonmi Park, is going to visit DePauw university. This remarkable 21-year old has been through more than most people have in first world countries. Growing up in North Korea she never experienced freedom, only to have her mind opened by an illegal (and banned) copy of Titanic. That was her first taste of freedom. It would not be until her dad was arrested and put in a labour camp and became ill that she would begin the process of becoming truly free.

Being smuggled across the border, and handed off to human traffickers all throughout China, she had to hide from the Chinese officials. She lost track of her sister, but managed to keep her mother with her. Her dad joined them, but he died from colon cancer. It was after she and her mom reached Mongolia and sought refuge at the South Korean Embassy that they were reunited with her sister; five years later. She has since found her voice in the human rights movement.

She has been given a spot in the BBC Top 100 Global Women. She spoke at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum and even the 2014 One Young World Summit in Dublin. She has a book entitled, “In Order To Live” explaining in detail her difficulties. She has even been featured on CNN, BBC, New York Times, and The Wallstreet Journal.

The Ubben Lecturer is open to everyone and a free admission event that has been graced by such people as, Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Michio Kaku and many more famous and influential people. It will take place one day after she turns 22 years of age (Happy Birthday), and 6 days after Penguin publishes her book.
If your interest has been piqued, or you are/would like to be more knowledgeable about North Korea and like hearing personal stories, this event is for you.

It will be at 7:30 PMin the Green Center’s Kresge Auditorium (605 S. College Avenue). Free admission to everyone.

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