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Are Koreans Human? Our Survival Powers, the Quest for Superpowers, and the Problem of Invulnerability

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    4:15 PM ET
  • Knafel Center
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
Headshot of Min Jin Lee
Photo by Tony Rinaldo

Who are the modern Koreans, and what do they care about? Koreans have experienced colonialism, diaspora, war, national division, immigration, and a persistent nuclear threat—and yet, they have achieved extraordinary gains in their homelands and elsewhere. Min Jin Lee, the author of the novels Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko who is working on the third novel of The Koreans trilogy, will explore the will of Koreans to survive and flourish as global citizens, their enduring faith in education, and the costs of such a quest and what it may mean to the larger world they seek to engage.

The Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities was established to honor the late Julia S. Phelps, longtime instructor in the Radcliffe Seminars, and is supported by the generous contributions of her family, friends, and colleagues.

Event Video

Min Jin Lee speaking.


Min Jin Lee, Catherine A. and Mary C. Gellert Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and New York Times best-selling author, Pachinko (Grand Central Publishing, 2017) and Free Food for Millionaires (Grand Central Publishing, 2007)


Jeannie Suk Gersen, John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

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