Lecture series to show different sides of UHV Community of Readers book

Sept. 21, 2013 at 4:21 a.m.

Students and the community will have a chance to explore the different angles of the book "Escape from Camp 14" during the University of Houston-Victoria Community of Readers program.

Participants will look at the book from such angles as politics, mathematics, health, education and culture.

The discussions are part of the UHV Community of Readers Book Lecture Series, which will be held throughout the fall semester.

J. Keith Akins, director of the UHV First Year Academic Experience, said the program not only establishes a common academic experience and bond between first-year students and the larger community but also shows students that it is possible to look at a subject from different academic disciplines.

"We don't want freshmen to start their college experience thinking there are these thick walls between the academic fields and that one of them has nothing to do with the other," he said. "This learning experience may help them decide on a career path. They have the opportunity to see what resonates with them and learn what type of career field they may want to choose."

"Escape from Camp 14" is a true story of how one man escaped from a North Korean political prison camp. Written by Blaine Harden, the book is an account of Shin Dong-hyuk, who is thought to be the only person born and raised in a North Korean political prison camp to escape.

All lectures will be 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with the exception of the Oct. 21 lecture, which will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Alcorn Auditorium of UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

Lecture schedule

• Tuesday-Wednesday: "Philosophies of Enlightenment and Democratic Government" presented by philosophy assistant professor Justin Bell

• Oct. 1: "Differences in Camp 14 and U.S. Prison Systems" presented by criminal justice assistant professor Michele Quinones

• Oct. 10: "Escape from Camp (4! - log_2 1024)" presented by mathematics assistant professor Ricardo Teixeira

• Oct. 15-16: "Effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" presented by counseling assistant professor Linda Autry

• Oct. 21: "Prison Camps in North Korea and Other Countries" presented by political science lecturer Gino Tozzi

• Oct. 23: “The Power of Uncle and Cabbage: Of Illness and Wellness in Camp 14” presented by clinical associate professor Terry Kirk

• Oct. 24: “Being a Korean - Living in the Last Cold War” presented by mathematics lecturer Jang-Woo Park

• Nov. 11: “Communication in Camp 14: The Impact of Evil Speech” presented by communications assistant professor Mark Ward

• Nov. 20: “Who Learns What? Higher Education in North Korea” presented by education assistant professor Joann Olson

Besides the lecture series, lessons from the book are incorporated into UHV class lectures and projects. Other book-themed special events will include movie screenings and a Korean cuisine dinner at Jaguar Hall for students.

The Community of Readers program was founded in 2010, when UHV welcomed its first freshman class. It is part of the First Year Academic Experience, a program for freshmen students designed to improve graduation rates, and increase retention and student success. Previous books in the program include Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games," Max Brooks' "World War Z" and Erik Larson's "Isaac's Storm."



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