Korean Issues and Insights: Upcoming Events

Traditional Korean Pattern: courtesy Dan Cheong, Creative Commons, Flickr.com

This semester, the Center continues to host area scholars and activists offering their views and research into contemporary Korea and Korean-American relations. The Korean Issues and Insights Program, made possible through a grant from theKorea Foundation, will present three guest lectures and a film screening, all open to the public.

  • Professor Charles Armstrong, Columbia University, will be on campusFebruary 27 to discuss how the Korean War affected the relationship between the two Koreas and made way for the emergence of a new world order in East Asia. The lecture will be held in NAC 6/114 from 7:15 to 9:45 P.M.
  • On March 14, Liberty in North Korea, will screen their film The People’s Crisis, which examines the “crippling poverty, humanitarian disasters, chronic food shortages and a denial of even the most basic of freedoms” suffered by the North Korean people. After the screening, a panel of journalists, policy experts, and scholars will discuss the film and participate in a Q&A with the audience. The screening and discussion will be in Shepard Hall, room 558.

 6:00-6:30 Reception (refreshments provided) 

          6:30-7:30 Introduction / film screening  

          7:30-8:15 Panel / Q&A

  • Professor Jung-bong Choi, New York University, will talk about the Korean Wave, or hallyu, the global spread of South Korean pop culture on April 3. Korea has emerged as a new center for transnational pop culture. Professor Choi will explore how and why Korean pop culture has become a global phenomenon in the 21st century. The lecture will be held at NAC 6/114 from 7:15 to 9:45 P.M. 
  • Professor Grace M. Cho, College of Staten Island, will discuss her research on the post-war Korean diaspora, with specific focus on the “unexamined reverberations of sexual relationships between Korean women and American soldiers”—covered in her book, Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War. Date and location TBD; visit our homepage in the following weeks to get updates.

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