Leading Voices of the Adoptee Movement and Korean Adoptions to Visit the Law School

Posted: Wed, 11/06/2013 - 08:56

On Thursday, Nov. 7, the Center for Children, Law and Ethics will host Jane Jeong Trenka and Kim Park Nelson, two of the leading personalities in the large, growing and diverse adoptee movement, as well as key voices specifically on Korean adoptions. 

Jane Jeong Trenka’s memoirs on her experiences as a Korean adoptee, including her return to live in Korea, have become a fundamental part of the literature on transracial and international adoption. In addition, her activism was central to the successful effort to enact changes to Korea’s adoption laws. Her work has been featured this year in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and CNN.

Kim Park Nelson is also a central figure in the Korean Adoptee Movement, as a professor, scholar and lead organizer of the first three International Symposia on Korean Adoption Studies held in Seoul, South Korea, in 2007, 2010 and 2013. Her work is integral to the founding of the field of Korean Adoption Studies. Professor Nelson is a Professor of American Multicultural Studies at the Minnesota State University at Moorhead. 

How to Attend the Program

Interested persons who would like to join any or all of the three events, please send a RSVP to Prof. Smolin so the correct accommodations can be planned accordingly.

  • Jane Jeong Trenka and Kim Park Nelson present in Prof. Smolin’s Juvenile Justice course from 9 to 10:15 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Interactions with Jane Jeong Trenka and Kim Park Nelson (including guests, our Center students, etc.)
  • Noon: Informal lunch, with short remarks by Jane Jeong Trenka and Kim Park Nelson.  

Please contact Prof. Smolin with your questions.