CANCELLED-Victims of Communism Series: Grace Jo, A North Korean Defector

Grace Jo, a defector of the brutal Kim regime in North Korea, was born in North Korea and lost most of her family to tyranny and starvation before escaping to China, later resettling in the United States. “My life completely changed after I came to America,” she said. “I think that’s called freedom. It’s a very cherished thing for my family and for me.” Grace became a U.S. citizen in 2013. Grace will share her personal story of survival with the campus and wider Ashland community.

The CAS Symposium Against Indifference, in collaboration with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the Ashbrook Center, host this series of the following events designed to inform and create awareness about the tyranny of communism.
• A viewing and panel discussion of The Lives of Others, an Oscar Winning Film about a member of the East German Secret Police
who conducts surveillance on a writer and an actress.
• A lecture on Czech dissidents under the Soviet Union’s Satellite State of Czechoslovakia by Dr. Flagg Taylor, an expert on
Totalitarianism.
• Talks by two victims of communism:
• Grace Jo who escaped the horrors of North Korea
• Enrique Altimari, an advocate for the Venezuelan Republic and a vocal critic of the Socialist Party’s rule under Chávez and Maduro

Start Date: 
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 7:00pm