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Lander University History Professor to Discuss North Korea

Rausch_Franklin_7468.jpgThe community is invited to join Lander University and the Arts Center of Greenwood for the second installment of the 2023-24 Community Lecture Series Tuesday, Oct. 17, featuring Lander Professor of History Dr. Franklin Rausch.

Titled, “Understanding North Korea,” Rausch’s lecture will examine Korean history and the Kim family to explain the resilient, repressive and threatening government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (popularly known as North Korea). The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments and a cash bar opening at 5:30 p.m. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Franklin Rausch received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and is a professor in Lander’s Department of History and Philosophy. His research focuses on Korean history, and he has published on a variety of topics, including Catholic martyrdom in nineteenth-century Korea, Korean Catholic responses to COVID-19, and the role of South Carolinian Frederick Jenkins’ in the bizarre 1868 attempt to steal the bones of a Korean king’s grandfather in order to force the country to open up to trade.

In his spare time, Rausch enjoys playing video games with his wife and their two sons. He volunteers at Ninety Six as a living historian, serving on the swivel gun crew.

Please visit for updates and to confirm event times and venues. For questions, please contact Interim Assistant Provost Dr. Mark Rollins at 864-388-8563 or