Thursday, March 7, 2019 12:30 PM
"Two Koreas, Two Lives: From the Experiences of a North Korean Defector" Guest Speaker: Seoungryeol Kim, Ph.D. Student in Social Science, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
At ten years old, Seongryeol Kim witnessed his first execution at a local market in his hometown in North Korea. These executions were part of his everyday life until he escaped to South Korea, just as had many thousands of North Koreans before him. Life in South Korea, while much improved, had created many barriers to integration. Seongryeol often faced discrimination by his South Korean peers for his background. Despite these challenges, he achieved academic greatness and made his way to the United States with a Fulbright Scholarship to study Chinese-North Korean foreign relations as a PhD student here at the Maxwell School. Seongryeol Kim will discuss his upbringings in North and South Korea and how his experiences shaped his identity.
Conversations in Conflict Studies is a weekly educational speaker series for students, faculty, and the community. The series, sponsored by PARCC, draws its speakers from Syracuse University faculty, national and international scholars and activists, and PhD students. Pizza is served. Be sure to check out the full list of speakers.
If you require accommodations, please contact Deborah Toole by email or by phone at 315.443.2367 at least one week prior to the event.