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Hyaeweol Choi
The Australian National University
October 16, 2014


Kim Chul,Yonsei University
October 20, 2014


Samuel Perry, Brown University
October 23, 2014


Gari Ledyard, Columbia University

October 30, 2014


Greg Scarlatoiu
The North Korean Human Rights Conundrum
November 6, 2014


Journal of Korean Studies Workshop

"Intermedial Aesthetics: Korean Literature, Film, Art"

November 14, 2014


Korea/Japan Music Symposium

November 21, 2014









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April, 2012

Brown Bag:

North Korean Political Prison Camps and Other Human Rights Issues

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Sponsored by  the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and co-sponsored by The Center for Korean Research


March, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
CKR Conference: The 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit
Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula and Beyond

Charles Armstrong, Professor, Columbia University
Mark Minton, President, Korea Society
Ken Luongo, President, Partnership for Global Security
Corey Hinderstein, Vice President, Nuclear Threat Initiative
Alexandra Toma, Co-Chair, Fissile Materials Working Group
Austin Long, Professor, Columbia University
Joel Wit, Senior Research Fellow, Columbia University
Stephen Noerper, Vice President, Korea Society

Co-sponsored by:The Korea Society, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Asia-Pacific Affairs Council, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York, and Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations


Friday, March 30, 2012
CKR Conference: The Korean War and its Aftermath: Cinematic Memories from the Theodore Conant Collection
Charles Armstrong, Director, The Center for Korean Research, Columbia University
Jim Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University
Robert Hymes, Director, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Jim Cheng, Director, C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University
Hee-sook Shin, Korean Studies Librarian, Columbia University
Byung-Hoon Lee, Director, Korean Film Archive
Steven Chung, Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies, Princeton University
Gregg Brazinsky, Associate Professor, George Washington University
Co-sponsored by Korea Foundation, Starr Foundation, Korea Society, Columbia University Libraries, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of History, and the School of the Arts
Masters in Film Studies

Febraury, 2012

CKR Roundtable: Leadership Succession in North Korea Roundtable

Charles Armstrong, Director, Center for Korean Research
Jeong-Ho Roh, Director, Center for Korean Legal Studies
Sue Mi Terry, Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Joel Wit, Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Moderated by Curtis Milhaupt, Director, Center for Japanese Legal Studies


November, 2011

Sixty Years after the San Francisco Peace Treaty
Co-sponsored by APEC Study Center, the Donald Keene Center, the Harriman Institute, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and the Center for Korean Legal Studies
Friday, November 18, 2011
Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago: “The United Nations and Postwar East Asia”
Kimie Hara, Renison University College, University of Waterloo: “The Continuing Legacy of the San Francisco System”
Naoyuki Umemori, Waseda University: “Rethinking the US Occupation of Japan”
Yonghwan Kim, Northeast Asian History Foundation: “The 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty and Third Parties”
Kim Brandt, Columbia University
Chair:  Kenneth R. Robinson, Northeast Asian History Foundation
Somei Kobayashi, University of Tokyo:  “‘Radio Wars’ in Cold War East Asia: US Psychological Operations and Radio Broadcasting from Okinawa”
Victor Cha, Georgetown University: “US Security Policy in the Post-Cold War Asia-Pacific”
Liang Xu, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: “Chinese Perspectives on the US-ROK Alliance”
Viatheslav Gavrilov, Far Eastern Federal University: “The South Kuril Islands: Challeges and Prospects”
Charles Armstrong, Columbia University
Sherry P. Broder, Attorney at Law in Honolulu: “The Reconciliation Process between the Native Hawaiians and the US”
Mikyung Kim, Hiroshima Peace Institute: “Dokdo/Takeshima as a Memory Problem”
Falk Pingel, Georg Eckert Institute: “International Law, Conflict Resolution and Education after the Second World War”

October 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Colloquium on Korean Literature

Sunyoung Park, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
"A Forgotten Aesthetic: Reportage in Colonial Korea, 1920s-1930s."

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Overseas Lecture – Shanghai

“China and North Korea: Anatomy of a Relationship”
Charles Armstrong, Director, Center for Korean Research; The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Department of History, Columbia University

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weatherhead Forum in Beijing

“China and North Korea: Anatomy of a Relationship”
Charles Armstrong, Director, Center for Korean Research; The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Department of History, Columbia University 
Moderated by Pang Zhongying, Professor of International Relations, School of International Studies, Renmin University

September 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Colloquium on Korean Literature

Youngju Ryu, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
"Literature on Trial: The Politics of (Im)purity in Authoritarian Korea"

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Brown Bag Lecture

“Report on a Visit to North Korea”
Charles Armstrong, Director, Center for Korean Research, Columbia University
Abraham Kim, Vice President, Korea Economic Institute
James Person, Program Associate, North Korea International Documentation Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Friday, October 28, 2011

"Power Shifts in Northeast Asia"

8:30 Breakfast 
9:00 Welcoming Remarks I: Charles Armstrong, Columbia University 
9:15 – 11:30 Session I: Major Powers and the Shifting Regional Balance
Chair, Charles Armstrong, Columbia University

1. The United States and Northeast Asia (Victor Cha, Georgetown University)

2. China and Northeast Asia (Richard Bush, Brookings Institution) )

3. Japan and Northeast Asia (Sheila Smith, Council on Foreign Relations)

4. Russia, Mongolia and Northeast Asia (Stephen Noerper, The Korea Society)

Discussant: Andrew Nathan, Columbia University
11:30 – 12:20 Congratulatory Address: Amb. Yong-Mok Kim, Korean Consul General to New York 

12:20 – 1:50 Lunch (only served to the presenters and VIP guests) 

2:00 – 4:30 Session II: The Korean Peninsula
Chair: Ambassador Mark Minton, President, The Korea Society

          1. Korea’s Relations with the Major Powers (Jin Shin, Institute for Peace Affairs)

          2. Legal Aspects of Inter-Korean Relations (Jeong-Ho Roh, Columbia University Law School)

          3. Leadership Transition in North Korea (Sung-wook Nam, Institute for National Security Strategy)

          4. South Korean Policy toward North Korea (Jae-Jin Suh, Korea Institute for National Unification)

Discussant: Bernhard Seliger, Hanns Seidel Foundation 
Closing Remarks: Jin Shin, President, Institute for Peace Affairs

April 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Center for Korean Research Colloquium Series:

The U.S. – Korea Trade Agreement

Jose Fernandez,Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Brown Bag Series: Material Objects and Bodies in Industrializing East Asia

From Vulnerability to Originality: How the Mechanical Typewriter Inspired New Typography in South Korea

Tae-Ho Kim, D. Kim Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia, Center for Korean Research; Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute

March 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Center for Korean Research Colloquium Series:

Assimilation as a Colonial Experiment and Its Legacy in Korea

Mark Caprio,Professor of Korean History, College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University

February 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Center for Korean Research Colloquium:

"U.S.-North Korean Relations: Where Do We Go From Here?"

Joel Wit, a former State Department official, is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Visiting Fellow at the US-Korea Institute at SAIS. He visited North Korea in November 2010 for talks with senior DPRK officials

Joel's full bio can be viewed here