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The Human Consequences of Totalitarianism
Event Status: Updated
Modified Date: 12/13/2013
Start Date: 1/30/2014
End Date: 1/30/2014
Event Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Title: The Human Consequences of Totalitarianism
Location:
Other Location: UCSD, Institute of the Americas, Hojel Hall
Event Category: International Affairs -IRPS
Sponsor: UCSD International Relations and Pacific Studies
Open to Public: YES
General Fee: $0.00
Faculty/Staff Fee: $0.00
UCSD Student Fee: $0.00
Other Fee Desc: Free to the public, but registration is required.
Contact Name: Amy Robinson
Contact Phone: (858) 822-5737 Ext.
Contact Email: amrobinson@ucsd.edu
Description: The event will be a conversation with Adam Johnson regarding his 2012 Pulitzer prize winning book for fiction, "The Orphan Master's Son" about life in North Korea. Johnson was born in South Dakota and raised in Arizona. He earned a BA in journalism from Arizona State University in 1992, an MFA in creative writing from McNeese State University in 1996, and a PhD in English from Florida State University in 2000. About the book: Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves.
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