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U of R Need to Read Alumni & Friends Online Book Club


The University of Regina has created an online book club exclusively for alumni and friends, focusing on the incredible benefits (and fun) of lifelong learning, with topics ranging from leadership to personal growth – and so much more. As a member, you get to vote on book club selections for each reading period. Book club members participate through a private forum where alumni and friends can discuss the current book and connect with each other – available 24/7 around the globe!

Our Winter reading session book is:

Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite
By Suki Kim

A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea’s ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il’s reign. Without You, There Is No Us offers a moving and incalculably rare glimpse of life in the world’s most unknowable country, and at the privileged young men she calls “soldiers and slaves.”

Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has gone undercover as a missionary and a teacher. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them English, all under the watchful eye of the regime.

Reading and discussion for our Winter reading session begins January 7, 2021!

Joining the book club is completely free. You just have to pick up a copy of the book at your library, a bookstore or online from Online purchases made through using our link help support the U of R Student Emergency Fund for students whose lives and finances have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group will read one book every two months, so you will have plenty of time to read. Plus, you don’t have to commit to reading every book. Life is challenging enough - we’ve designed our book club to be stress free!


About the Author

An award-winning novelist and investigative journalist, Suki Kim is the only writer ever to have lived undercover in North Korea for immersive journalism. She has been traveling to North Korea as a journalist since 2002, and her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, and the New York Review of Books. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim, a Fulbright, and an Open Society fellowship. Born in Seoul, she lives in New York.

See Suki Kim live at the 2021 Inspiring Leadership Forum: Virtual Edition!

We are thrilled to have Suki join us as one of our keynote speakers at the upcoming Inspiring Leadership Forum: Virtual Edition on March 3, 2021. Please visit our website for more details and to register: Tickets are $75 and all proceeds will support the new U of R Inspiring Leadership Academic Entrance Award for students attending the University of Regina. The first scholarship will be awarded in the 2021 Fall semester.

  Missed out on our virtual chat with Jesse? View the recording!

Virtual Fireside Chat with Jesse Thistle
Author of From the Ashes: My Story of being Metis, Homeless, and Finding My Way
Wednesday, November 25, 2020)

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