Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden



Escape from Camp 14 Book Cover


-About the Author, Blaine Harden  

-Review of the New York Times

-Escape from Camp 14 flyer (pdf)


YouTube Videos:

-Universal Declaration of Human Rights

-Camp 14: Total Control Zone

-Interview with Shin Dong Hyuk

-Escape from North Korea


Schedule of Discussions in Clark Hall 100H

Aug 28
12-1 pm
Aug 29
2-3 pm
Sept 5
12-1 pm
Sept 16
12-1 pm
Sept 24
3-4 pm
Oct 2
1-2 pm
Oct 10
3-4 pm
Oct 16
12-1 pm
Nov 4
12-1 pm
Nov 12
1-2 pm
Dec 2
2-3 pm


Discussion  Questions List


Spring 2014 Books

Grapes of Wrath



Ready Player One Book



  • Nov. 7, 2013 SU Ballroom - Book signing with Blaine Harden, author of Escape from Camp 14 

Guenter and Harden at Book SigningHarden and students at book signing

  • Oct. 16 at 4 pm MLK Library Rm 225/229 “Learn about LINK: Liberty In North Korea, A Grassroot Organization” Co-sponsored with MOSAIC and Peer Connections. Representatives of this outreach group who helped people like Shin Dong-hyuk will be on campus to share more about their vision and activities.
  • Oct. 2 at 4 pm MLK Library Rm 255/257"Faculty Insights after Traveling in North Korea" by Profs. Andy Wood & David Terry, Communication Studies. Go behind the scenes with these two SJSU professors who recently traveled to the Democratic Republic of Korea, attending the Arirang Mass Games, visiting schools, farms, and factories around Pyongyang, and exploring rhetoric and performance in the "Hermit Kingdom". The presentation includes video, photography, memorabilia, storytelling, analysis, and conversation.
  • Sept. 19 - Korean festival of Chuseok For more information see Korea Be Inspired  Watch this page for more information on possible ways to note the day at SJSU.

Meaning of the North Korean Flag
Vexillology is the study of flags.  At the 47th annual meeting of the North American Vexillological Association, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 11-13, 2013, Mr. Dean Thomas of Arkansas won the William Driver Award for the best paper given at the conference for his presentation entitled "Vexillology and Vexillidolatry in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea."  That paper will be eventually published in RAVEN:  A Journal of Vexillology which can be accessed in the collections of SJSU's Martin Luther King Jr. Library.  For now, because of our Campus Reading Program's selection of Escape from Camp 14 as our Fall 2013 book, Mr. Thomas has graciously shared his PowerPoint from that presentation in case any in the SJSU community wish to see more about the role of flags in North Korea.  All rights belong to Mr. Thomas and NAVA and to copy or cite any of this, please seek permission.  Do enjoy these visuals!
DPRK slides pdf


  • "The Grapes of Wrath"Readathon and Food Drive April 16, 2014
    In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Grapes of Wrath" and in conjunction with other on-campus commemorative events, the SJSU Campus Reading Program is sponsoring a readathon and food drive. Working together, we will read the entire novel out loud, from start to finish.  Get a group together to form a team to collect canned goods and bring them to the Caret Plaza at the King Library during the readathon. Have one or more of your team members read "The Grapes of Wrath" for 15 minutes or more within a 3-hour time block spanning 24 hours starting at 6pm on April 16 and ending on April 17 at approximately 6pm. Readers will receive a free gift and recognition in the SPARTANS CARE READ-A-THON HONOR ROLL. 

Spartans Care "The Grapes Of Wrath" Read-a-thon
Honor Roll

Lisa Vollendorf - Dean, Coll. of H & A                                         Quoc Doan, Software Engineering                                        
Gayatri Venkatesan, Business Angel Martinez, Criminal Justice
Mariah Berdiago, Advertising Amy Du, Mathematics Teacher Prep
Anne Marie Angeles, Environmental Studies Gabino Ruiz, Civil Engineering
Kevin Bencini, Biomedical Engineering Wendy Ng, Sociology
Autrang Pandya, Electrical Engineering Jan English-Leuck, Coll. Social Science
Kiwi Fan, Humanities Honors Dave Schuster, Coll. Social Science
Kelly Toy, Humanities Honors Kate Davis, Coll. Social Science
Jeffrey Lum, Biological Major Juan Mayor
Brandon Fukuda, Recreational Therapy Beth Von Till, Faculty
Nolan McDonnell Kevin Pratt
Travis Hunt, Biochemistry Julia Salm, Creative Arts
Robin Hogan, Liberal Studies/Humanities Club Ryan Sudhakavan, Humanities Honors
Ivy Kwan, AMS 1B Chris Ide, Humanities Honors
Derek Nguyen, Alpha Phi Omega Sophia Swan, Humanities Honors
Andrew Anguiano, AMS/Humanities Club Matt Diwata, Humanities Honors
Louis Zavala, Theatre Arts Jessica Andrews, Humanities Honors
Debby Ng, Humanities Club Andrew Wood, Humanities Honors
Tina Yang, Humanities Club Parth Patel, Humanities Honors
Allen Longwell Chad Pernicano, Humanities Honors
Kevin Pratt, Materials Engineering Stacy Gleixner, BioChemical+Material
Na'eem Thomas Sierra Burt, AMS 1B
Rachel Taylor Nicole DeLeon, AMS 1B
Ram Karnati, Computer Engineering Penelope Raquinio, History
Yazmin Perez, Advertising Major Calvin Ha, AMS 1B
Aarushi Rai, Graduate Student Jose Ruiz
Vidit Maniyar, Graduate Student Paul Mayzeles, AMS 1B
Jennifer Rycenga, Faculty Matthew Spangler, Faculty
Miranda Alderete, Liberal Studies Helena Grunwald, Child Development
4 Students of Kathleen Normington David Grunwald, Parent
Gina Marin, Center for Faculty Dev Liza Rentschler, Humanities Dept
Scot Guenter, American Studies and Reading Program Coordinator


  •  Special reading group for Ready Player One

Thursday, March 13, 2014
6 pm at ART 241

Monday, March 17, 2014
3 pm at CL 100F

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
12 pm at CL 100F