Yesterday (Nov. 17), I spoke at the North Harris campus of Lone Star College on the subject of Korea. I spoke for approximately an hour, covering about 3,000 years of this country’s rich, and rather, of recent, devastating history.
There were about seven or eight professors attending, along with about 50 students. The speech went very well and I was even surprised at how much I was able to remember without looking at my notes. The last thing I wanted to do was stand behind a podium trying to explain all of Korea. Not very interactive, if you ask me.
I had about 60 slides in my presentation and ensuring all of it was covered in less than an hour in order to provide some time for questions was relatively challenging, but I made it. Thank you to all for your well wishes.
I was able to utilize a number of photos I had taken during my trip to South Korea into the presentation. It gave, I believe, a nice emphasis to the topic. The last photo of my presentation was one I took of several elementary age boys standing in front of a tank. This picture I am going to further discuss in an upcoming blog post. I believe it was a good way to hammer home my point of the continued danger that North Korea presents to its neighbor, South Korea.
NOW A THANK YOU
I would like to take a moment in this blog post to say thank you to those at my old stomping grounds of Lone Star College-North Harris. A special thank you to associate professor of political science, Ralph Angeles, for inviting me and ensuring everything went smoothly. Also a special thank you to the president of the college, Dr. Gerald Napoles; Dr. James Good, Dean of Instruction for the Center for Diversity Studies; Professor Erika Herrera, political science; and Professor Jean-Alphonse Apanda, political science. And a very special thank you to my good friend, mentor, and former English professor, Danel Olson (soon to be Dr. Danel Olson).
Also, a thank you to all the students who came to hear me speak and also the questions they presented afterward.
I look forward to coming back and following up this speech with more speeches about Korea, the Korean War, and writing.