Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden


Harden’s harrowing narrative exposes this hidden dystopia, focusing on an extraordinary young man who came of age inside the highest security prison in the highest security state. Escape from Camp 14 offers an unequalled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations. It is a tale of endurance and courage, survival and hope.


  • 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
    Representatives of this grassroots organization that helped people like Shin Dong-hyuk will be on campus to share more about their vision and activities.Co-sponsored with MOSAIC and Peer Connections. 

  • 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 
    Click on the link to learn about Korean Thanksgiving Day.

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 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

SPRING 2014 Additional Books and Events

The Grapes of Wrath Readathon and Food Drive
April 16

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 a portion of The Grapes of Wrath for 15 minutes or more within a 3-hour time block 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. 

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