In this Speaker Series, Barry Devolin will share his experiences working and living in South Korea, From his work and research, he will tell stories of North Korean defectors trying to fit into modern life in South Korea.
Beginning with a historical overview of Korea, focusing mostly on the 20th century, and ending with the stalemate we have on the peninsula today, Barry will lead you through the challenges faced by defectors living in South Korea. He will compare them to some of the surprising parallels with Aboriginal people from remote communities in northern Canada that he heard while Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development in 2008-2011.
Prior to moving back to Canada in 2018, Devolin was an Associate Professor in Public Administration and Chair of the Asian Studies Graduate Program at Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea. Previously, he spent most of 20 years in Canadian politics, including more than a decade as the Member of Parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, and 7 years as Assistant Deputy Speaker in the House of Commons.
Devolin is now establishing himself in the travel industry as a Tour Director with DeNure Tours and as an independent travel consultant, known as BarryTravelMaven, where he focuses on planning "amazing vacations at affordable prices" for families and young people.