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April 18: Moreland Lecture to Feature Author Lisa Ko

Feb 01, 2018


book coverRandolph-Macon College's Asian Studies program is pleased to announce that the annual J. Earl Moreland Lecture on Asia will be held on April 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dalton Room in Birdsong Hall (106 E. Patrick St.). Author Lisa Ko will be the keynote speaker. Ko is the author of The Leavers, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2017. This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the lecture. Map and Directions

"We look forward to hosting Ms. Ko," says Todd Munson, director of the Asian Studies program. "Students, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends of Randolph-Macon College are invited to attend what is sure to be an informative, enlightening talk from a gifted writer."

Lisa Ko
The Leavers, which won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, follows one young man's search for his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant who disappears when he's 11 years old, after which he is adopted by a white family. The book was named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, The Los Angeles Times, O Magazine, and Electric Literature.

Ko's writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, O Magazine, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. Born in Queens and raised in Jersey, Ko lives in Brooklyn.

The J. Earl Moreland Lecture on Asia
Each spring, the J. Earl Moreland Lecture on Asia brings a distinguished expert to the Randolph-Macon campus for a public lecture. The purpose of the lecture is to create greater understanding and interest in Asian affairs through direct contact with distinguished scholars and prominent professionals. Randolph-Macon College is pleased to announce that a Japanese Studies minor was recently approved.

The lecture series was established through a generous donation from the late Dr. Lik Kiu Ding '49 to commemorate Dr. J. Earl Moreland, who served as president of Randolph-Macon from 1939-1967.

Previous Moreland Lecture guests include Chum Bun Rong, Cambodian Ambassador to the United States and Mexico; writer Evan Osnos; director Jia Zhangke; actress Zhao Tao; Tom Vick, curator of Asian film, Smithsonian Institution; Yunsheng Huang, associate professor of Asian architecture, University of Virginia; author Raj Patel; and Atsuyuki Oike, Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.