Wendy E. Simmons, Author
My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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