Princeton for North Korean Human Rights Intercollegiate Conference 2016

Imagining Change in North Korea: Top Down or Bottom Up

Sat, 02/13/2016
Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

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Princeton for North Korean Human Rights (PNKHR) aims to spread awareness of the human rights violations that occur in North Korea today. PNKR's annual intercollegiate conferences highlight different themes and include prominent speakers. This year’s theme focuses on mediums of change in North Korea, considering different players in top-down and bottom-up approaches.

Speakers include:

  • Park Yeon-Mi: internationally renowned North Korean defector and human rights activist who escaped to China in 2007 and settled in South Korea in 2009. Over 2 million people have heard her speak about North Korea and her memoir In Order to Live: A North Korean Girls' Journey to Freedomwas published on 29 September 2015.
  • Victor Cha: Former Director for Asian Affairs in the White House National Security Council and George W Bush's top advisor on North Korean affairs who participated in the Six Party Talks. Current Director of the Asian Studies program in the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown and Senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
  • Suzanne Scholte: World's leading North Korea human rights activist, current president of the Defense Forum Foundation and Vice Co-Chair of the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. 
  • Won Hyung-Joon: South Korean violinist who has spearheaded an effort to bring North and South Korean musicians together to perform on each side of the DMZ, the world's most heavily armed border.


  • Hannah Song: President/CEO of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) 
  • Nat Kretchun: Co-author of "Quiet Opening," groundbreaking research on the changing information landscape in North Korea 
  • Koo Byung-Sam: Representative from the Korean Ministry of Unification