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 the Korea Foundation, will present three guest lectures and a film screening, all open to the public.

  • Professor Charles Armstrong, Columbia University, will be on campus February 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

      [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5pzJrg4SrQ&w=560&h=315]

  • 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. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAC5KRMyiQk&w=560&h=315]
  • 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.