Rowan College at Gloucester County

“The People’s Crisis” Underground Railroad Comes To RCGC

College Relations, Communications, and Marketing
Director, Andrea Stanton 856-415-2229
Kathleen Malloy 856 468-5000, ext 6495
Deptford Twp.
Date: 10/10/2014

Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) will present "The People's Crisis," a documentary about its refugee underground-railroad system, Monday, Oct. 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Rowan College at Gloucester County. 

Hosted by the RCGC Japanese Anime Guild — a popular club on campus — LiNK members will share rescue mission success stories as well as more information about its program. The documentary features each individual's journey to freedom and expert analysis on the organization's efforts. LiNK has come to the aid of 265 refugees since forming in 2004, and manages 150 rescue teams in six countries.

The presentation reinforces Rowan College's Core Competencies of society and human behavior, global and cultural awareness and ethical reasoning and action. Students will consider the current climate of North Korea from a perspective other than what has been previously conveyed through American mass media.

 "It is very difficult to get information out of North Korea," said Dr. Susan Glenn, club advisor and associate professor of biology. "I like the idea that this organization uses testimony from the people of North Korea in the documentary. It focuses on the people, not the politics."

A grassroots initiative started by Yale University students, LiNK is dedicated to shifting attention away from the embroiled politics of North Korea and on to the struggle of its citizens. The organization employs more than 17 full-time individuals who are responsible for fact-finding missions, developing underground shelters, coordinating resettlement and outreach efforts. Its creative team captures refugee stories through photos, film and other mediums.

The free presentation is open to the community and will take place on the RCGC campus in the Instructional Center, room 430. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 856-415-6456.

Rowan College at Gloucester County is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.