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Gaston Lecture Series

Wendy E. Simmons, Author

My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

6 p.m.

Free admission, no tickets required

A born explorer, Wendy Simmons was thrilled when she was granted a rare entry visa to North Korea, despite the country’s penchant for detaining tourists. In her book, MyHoliday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth, Wendy offers a glimpse of North Korea as it has never been seen before. For ten days, she hurtles through the country with two female “handlers.” During the Gaston Lecture presentation, Wendy will chronicle one of the strangest vacations ever through poignant and laugh-out-loud stories, accompanied by stunning photographs and will offer a revealing glimpse into a secretive land.

Wendy won’t stop travelling until she visits every country in the world. Despipte her hatred for packing, she’s managed to explore than eighty-five so far – including territories and colonies – and chronicles her adventures on her blog, wendysimmons.com and on Huffington Post. Her writing has also been published on Travel & Leisure, PopSugar MSN and Yahoo. She is president of Vendeloo, a consultancy she founded in 2001, Chief Brand Officer of a NYC-based global eyewear brand, and an award-winning photographer. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University. 


Past Gaston Lectures

October 5, 1999, Wonderful World of Will Rogers

November 7, 2000, Gary Langston, Photojournalist

October 25, 2001, Werner Fornos of The Population Institute

May 9, 2002, Susan Llanes Myers of the Holocaust Museum

October 3, 2002, Isaac Yeffet - Anti-TerrorismExpert

February 4, 2003, Pearl Duncan - "Know YourHistory"

September 2003, Dr. Vaughn Grisham

 March 4, 2004, Dr. Chris Hackler - MedicalEthicist

September 28, 2004, Robin Davie - "As Good As It Gets"

April 5, 2005, TimErnst - Arkansas Wilderness Photographer

October 4, 2005, Janet Carson "Fall for a Dazzling Spring"

April 4, 2006, I.C.Smith - "Top G-Man" Threat to National Security

September 26, 2006, Larry Dablemont - Outdoor Naturalist

March 13, 2007, Frank Caple - "The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain"

September 25, 2007, Deena Burnett Bailey, Everyday Heroes and 9/11

February 19, 2008, Dr. Gwendolyn Twillie, African Literature

October 7, 2008, Richard Henson, The Broom Man

October 27, 2008, Skip Rutherford, Clinton School of Public Service

February 26, 2009, War Letters - A Reader's Theatre

September 22, 2009, The Buffalo Flows

March 1, 2010, Mike Wimmer, Commercial Artist

March 8, 2011, Neil White, Author of "In the Sanctuary of Outcasts"

September 27, 2011, Jimmy Dykes, ESPN Analyst

October 9, 2012, Peter Giuliano, Film andTelevision Producer

March 12, 2013, Mr. and Mrs. John Joslyn, Titanic Museum Owners

October 22, 2013, Roy Hallums, Author of "BuriedAlive"

January 30, 2014, Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly - "The Tilted World"

April 8, 2014, VJ Smith, Author of "The Richest Man in Town"

September 23, 2014, Theodore Roosevelt: The Man in the Areena

February 24, 2015, Ruth B. Hawkins, Hemmingway’s Time in Arkasnas

October 6, 2015, RosalieGould, Japanese American Relocation Camps

March 3, 2016, Dr. Nancy Hendricks as Hattie Carraway

September 20, 2016, Wendy E. Simmons

April 25, 2017, Churchill: A One-Man Play by Andrew Edlin