He has trekked across the Sahara Desert; walked China’s Long March; sailed from New York to Bermuda as a sailor trainee aboard the tallship HMS Rose; and now he is coming to Mary Baldwin University.
Dean King, author of Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival and several other books, will be on campus next week to share his experiences as a writer, world traveler, and history detective.
“Mary Baldwin has shown a great interest in Asia in general, and in my book Unbound in particular,” King said. “It will be a real honor to be there to discuss my research and the events of the Long March with Mary Baldwin’s faculty and students.”
King will share his personal experiences while researching Unbound and what it was like to spend four years retracing the 370-day journey of the women who traveled 4,000 miles across China with Mao Zedong and his army. Of the 86,000 people that left the Jiangxi province in October 1934, only about one tenth made it to the end, including all 30 women. The presentation, “Unbound: The Women of the Long March and the Power of the Path,” will be at 5:30 p.m. September 22 in Francis Auditorium.
“My book is about women empowering themselves through the Long March across China in 1934,” King said. “What better place to explore that message and the lessons learned on the epic trail than at Mary Baldwin, a college dedicated to the same task?”
King will also lead an International Cafe, titled “Tales From the Road — Chasing Stories Around the Globe,” about his career as an international journalist, and visit Professor Daniel Metraux’s Modern China class. Watch a four-minute video of King’s research trek below.
Who: Dean King, author of Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival
What: “Unbound: The Women of the Long March and the Power of the Path” presentation
When: September 22, 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Francis Auditorium
Cost: Free and open to the public