2019 PNKHR Annual Intercollegiate Conference

Sat, Feb 16, 2019, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Whig Senate Chamber

PNKHR has held a major intercollegiate North Korean Human Rights conference every year since 2012, attracting hundreds of students from both Princeton and tens of other participating colleges/universities. Our conference has drawn significant attention from the South Korean media, including KBS and SBS. Our 2019 conference will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019. This year's conference is titled: "North Korea: A Virtual Reality." PNKHR seeks to make this year's conference much more interactive than the previous years'. The prominent scholars, journalists, activists, and experts that we will be inviting will not necessarily be "speakers" but will take the role of panelists who will lead discussions with the students. Reflecting this year's theme of virtual reality, Marcus Olsson who is a VR pioneer will be opening up the conference with his demonstration of "North Korea VR of Pyongyang", his very own interactive VR-program. Other panelists will discuss their realities as North Korean defectors and will offer the diverse student body at Princeton the opportunity to reflect on their own realities through this lens. Princeton Professor Steven Chung as an academic on North Korean film and cinema will be leading a lunch discussion with the participants at the conference. North Korea and South Korea are still technically at war, divided due to political and ideological differences; North Korean people are not guaranteed the justice that every human being deserves. This conference is a step towards finding a way to establish peace in the region and close the gap between the North Korean people and the international community.