The Academy of Art University Applauds Release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling

August 4, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ — The Academy of Art University community applauds the release of Euna Lee and Lisa Ling, the two American journalists sentenced to serve 12 years hard labor in North Korea.

Upon learning of the journalists’ detention and sentencing earlier this year, students, alumni and faculty of the Academy of Art University, along with other community organizations, began a mission of support for the women. On June 24th a community-wide peaceful gathering that drew over 250 people was held at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, with attendance by both women’s husbands and families. A petition calling for the release of the women was issued and signed by over 4,200 people.

“It is deeply gratifying that both US journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, are now coming home to their families and professional lives. The tremendous support and concern shown by the Academy of Art University community for our alumna Euna Lee, and her colleague Laura Ling, is now matched with celebration of this news,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President, Academy of Art University.

The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 by Artists for Artists. It is one of the oldest educational and cultural institutions in San Francisco, California. Students pursue Bachelor of Fine Arts, Associate of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Certificate Programs or Continuing Art Education courses with over 30 areas of academic emphasis.

SOURCE Academy of Art University

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