Documentary filmmaker once detained in North Korea to speak at HC

Euna Lee, one of the two women journalists detained in North Korea in 2009, will headline Women’s History Month activities at Hastings College.
On Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in. in French Memorial Chapel (800 N. Turner Ave.), Lee will discuss her detention in North Korea and her extensive work as a documentary filmmaker. The lecture, entitled “The World is Bigger Now,” will be free and open to the public.
Lee’s memoir, which shares its name with her address, is required reading for all first-year students at Hastings College. As part of their Introduction to the Liberal Arts course, the students and their professors are spending the year exploring the theme of fear. 
The college’s Artist Lecture Series has provided partial funding for Lee’s appearance.
Bio for Euna Lee
Euna Lee is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. Lees started her career as a video editor at TechTV in 2001 and became a producer/editor after joining Current TV in 2005. During the five years at Current TV, she worked on more than 20 short documentaries and seven long-form investigative documentaries for Vanguard, a documentary program at Current TV. She has worked on humanitarian stories such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India, inside the lives of American troops in Iraq, the U.S. war on drugs in Bolivia, parolees’ situation in the United States and the human trafficking of North Korean refugees. Lee’s lifetime goal is being a device for the voiceless and the powerless. Lee wrote a memoir, The World is Bigger Now, about her detention in North Korea in 2009. 
She received Glamour’s Woman of the Year award in 2009, the Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Journalist Association in 2010 and the McGill Medal from the University of Georgia Grady College in 2011. Lee recently released an insightful documentary covering an Iraqi refugee’s resettlement in the United States.
Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Hastings College: Pursue Your Passion®. Visit for more.

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