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Ex-President Kim Dae-Jung Visits Portland, Ore.
Nobel Peace Laureate Will Deliver Lecture at University
By Charles C. King
Special Contribution
Nobel peace laureate and former president of South Korea, Kim Dae-Jung arrives in Portland. He is greeted by Denny Baker, Lord High Chancellor of the Rosarians.

Nobel Peace Laureate, Kim Dae-Jung, arrived in Portland, at the Hilton Hotel, Tuesday, April 15. Mr. Jung is the former President of South Korea and 2000 Nobel Peace Laureate. He become president of South Korea after being kidnapped in Tokyo put on death row for three years with three attempts to kill him.

After being elected president of South Korea he brought the country out of a severe recession, and steered it into democracy while surviving four assassination attempts.

On Thursday, April 17, at 700 p.m. Mr. Kim will deliver a lecture at Portland State University Chiles Center, speaking about his personal faith journey and his philosophy throughout his fight for democracy and human rights. He will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland.

On Friday, April 18, during a noon luncheon at the Hilton, Mr. Kim will deliver a speech about "Doing Business in Asia and the Link between World Trade and World Peace," and will give some ideas on how Korean and Oregon business leaders can do business together. He will also advice on the current perceived recession in the US and how to get out of it and comment about the economic and educational legacy of his work.

The luncheon agenda will include Mr. Kim being honored for his work with the Institute's 2008 Peace Prize and Mayor Tom Potter will read a Proclamation declaring April 18th Kim Dae-Jung Day. The Vice President of Afghanistan will attend the luncheon and afterward will one of the dignitaries meeting with people wishing to do business in Asia and assist in the discussion to organize trade missions to South Korea, China, and Afghanistan later in 2008.

The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall will host President Kim at 700 p.m., Friday, as one of three speakers sponsored by the World Affairs Council. The speech topic is "The Prospect of World Peace amid the Fast-changing Political Landscape of Northeast Asia."

The visit of Kim Dae-Jung is sponsored by the Wholistic Peace Institute, the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, Social Justice and Peace Program at the University of Portland, and the Universal Peace Federations.

For more information contact:
Gary Alan Spanovich, Executive director
Wholistic Peace Institute
(503) 266 8996
worldpeace@canby.com
www.wholisticpeaceinstitute.com




 

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