THE UNDERWOOD Global Forum for Professor Lee Chang-rae from held on Nov. 7, 2007 at New Millennium Hall in room 101. Professor Lee Chang-rae is currently a professor at Princeton University and is a first-generation Korean American novelist. His first novel was, Native Speaker in 1995 which won the Poets/Playwrights, Essayists, Editors, Novelists (PEN)/Hemingway Award. He also published A Gesture Life in 1999 and Aloft in 2004. He does teach writing at Princeton University, but currently he is taking a sabbatical as a writer-in residence at Punahou School.
Room 101 was packed with Underwood International College students, along with other Yonsei students all eager to get a glimpse of Professor Lee Chang-rae and to hear his charismatic voice. The forum opened with Professor Gabe Hudson from Underwood International College, informing the attendees of a special ‘creative writing program’ that has been launched. The program is designed so that it is beneficial to everyone and also so that aspiring writers do not have to travel all the way to America to improve their writing ability. Professor Lee Chang-rae began by reading an excerpt from his newly published novel The Surrendered.After reading his excerpt, he answered four questions from the attendees and the forum came to an end. Listeners could not take their attention away from his deep words. His words left the listeners in awe and enlightened. The forum truly was ‘a meeting place of ideas and globalization.’