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Café Columbia with Professor Theodore Hughes

Proletarian Intimacies: North Korean Literature and the "War to Liberate the Fatherland"
Monday, June 10, 2013
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Columbia Alumni Center

CKR Regional Seminar

A Limited Peace: The Korean War Armistice after Sixty Years
Keynote Address: Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago
Speakers: Charles Armstrong, Avram Agov, Suk-Young Kim, Susie Kim, Marilyn Young
Friday, May 3rd, 2013
9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
403 Kent Hall
Co-sponsored by APEC Study Center and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies



Pro. Young

Professor Marilyn Young gives the concluding remarks at CKR's last event of the academic year "A Limited Peace: The Korean War Armistice after Sixty Years." Panelists include Avram Agov, Bruce Cumings, Charles Armstrong, Suk-Young Kim, Susie Kim, Theodore Hughes, and Andrew Nathan. A summary of the talks will be available soon.


Philanthropy and the Korean Identity

Kim Jang Hoon

April 29, 2013

Broadway Room

Weatherhead East Asian Institute Brown Bag
“Enigmatic ‘Life’ of a Pre-Postsocialist State: A Giant at Kim Jong-Il’s Funeral”
Hoon Song, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota
Moderated by Andrew Johnson, Postdoctoral Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies, Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Thursday, April 25, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
918 International Affairs Building
Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology


Global Mayors Forum
Keynote speaker - Park Wan-su of Changwon, South Korea. Mayor Park has focused on sustainability projects in Changwon, a major industrial city, including creating a public bicycle rental system, which he will discuss in his talk.
Tuesday, April 30th
1501 International Affairs Building
Register for the event here.


Colloquium Series on Korean Cultural Studies

Filiality and Care: Tracing Indebtedness of Young Women's Labor Subjectivity in South Korea

Jesook Song, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Thursday, April 18, 2013

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

918 International Affairs Building

No registration required.

Co-sponsored by The Korea Foundation


Common Ground Follow-up Event

Wang Nanming, art critic from China will speak on a North Korean artist S. Guojuan
A video screening by Morten Traavik "Yes, We Love This Country"
Saturday, April 6, 2013
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Gallery Ho
Registration required.


Kill Chain, Nuclear Weapons, or Regime Change? South Korean Discourses on Dealing with a Nuclear North Korea
Chung-in Moon, Professor, Department of Political Science, Yonsei University and Editor-in-chief, Global Asia
Monday, April 1, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
918 International Affairs Building
No registration required.



Common Ground: An International Symposium for Unify Korea, a Project of Contemporary Art
Charles Armstrong, Bruce Cumings, Doug Hostetter, BG Muhn, Morten Traavik, Jane Farver, Yu Yeon Kim, Gordon Knox, John L. Moore, and Heng Gil Han
March 2, 2013
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Altschul Auditorium
International Affairs Building
Please email to reserve a seat. Click here for the full agenda.

Colloquium Series on Korean Cultural Studies
Intermedial Aesthetics: Photography, Sound, and Text in Early 20th Century Korean Cinematic Novel

Jina Kim, Professor, Smith College
February 21, 2013

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

403 Kent Hall

No registration required.

Co-sponsored by The Korea Foundation

Leadership Change in East and Southeast Asia Program Series

CKR/KEI Policy Forum

South Korea's New President: Historic Election, Historic Challenges

Seungsook Moon, Vassar College; Katherine Moon, Wellesley College; Nicholas Hamisevicz, Director of Research and Academic Affairs, Korea Economic Institute; Charles Armstrong, Director, CKR (moderator)

January 31st, 2013


Armstrong, S. Moon, Hemisevicz, K. Moon

CKR/KEI Policy Forum South Korea’s New President: Historical Election, Historical Challenges

On January 31, 2013, the Center for Korean Research welcomed Professor Seungsook Moon (Vassar College), Professor Katherine Moon (Wellesley College), and Nicholas Hamisevicz (Korea Economic Institute) for a panel discussion on the recent South Korean presidential election. To read more, click on the tab below.


With CKR’s Director Charles Armstrong moderating the discussion, each member of the panel brought a different perspective of the historic significance of Park Geun Hye’s win and its possible influence in the future. Professor Seungsook Moon discussed the statistics of the election, emphasizing the high voting turnout rate, especially among the elderly. Questions were raised about the significance of Ahn Cheol Soo’s withdrawal from the presidential race on the voters and Moon argues that his initial involvement in the race had little impact on the results. Professor Katherine Moon compared the leaders of the four East Asian countries (China, Japan, North Korea, and South Korea), who were all elected or appointed within the past year, and noted the interesting fact that each of them had a father who lead the country in previous years. She also briefly discussed the current South Korean-United States relationship and interaction, in light of North Korea’s most recent nuclear threat, clearly hoping that the United States does not leave South Korea out of the picture in its discussions with China and North Korea as it has in the past. Nicholas Hamisevicz wrapped up the conversation by looking at what President Park has done in her first month of the term, highlighting her communication with China and Japan. In general, the panel left the audience with much to think about as we watch the Park administration in the coming years.



2012 Korean Literature Essay Contest Award Ceremony and Reception

Thursday, December 13, 2012

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

IAB 918

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CKR/KEI Policy Forum

"Korea-Japan-US Trilateral Cooperation in an Uncertain Northeast Asia"

Jeong-Ho Roh, Columbia Law School; Junya Nishino, Keio University; and Patrick Cronin, Center for New American Security. Gerald Curtis and Jin Shin are the respondents, and Charles Armstrong is the moderator.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

On October 17, 2012, the first CKR/KEI Policy Forum "Korea-Japan-US: Trilateral Cooperation in an Uncertain Northeast Asia" was launched. Speakers included Jeong-Ho Roh, Junya Nishino, Patrick Cronin, Jungro Kim, Gereald Curtis, Jin Shin, and Charles Armtrong. To listen, go to our Facebook page.


Colloquium Series on Korean Cultural Studies
"Space and Alterity in Colonial Korea: The Case of Yi Kwangsu"
Ellie Choi, Assistant Professor, Cornell University
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Co-sponsored by The Donald Keene Center

Co-sponsored by The Korea Foundation


"A New North Korea?"
Jean Lee, Associated Press's Korea bureau chief for Pyongyang and Seoul
Friday, October 19, 2012

Jean Lee

On October 19, 2012 Jean Lee, Associated Press Bureau Chief in Pyongyang and Seoul, discussed the changes in Pyongyang, and the challenges of opening the first Western text/photo bureau in North Korea. To listen to her talk, "A New North Korea?" go to our Facebook page.


"A First Glimpse of North Korea"
Professor Elisabeth Lindenmayer, Director of the United Nations Studies Program
Tuesday, October 2, 2012


September 2012


Colloquium Series on Korean Cultural Studies
"What is the K in K-Pop?"
John Lie, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Thursday, September 20, 2012
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

IAB 918

Co-sponsored by The Korea Foundation

Prof. LieProfessor Lie posed two questions: First, what are the sources of success of South Korean popular music? Secondly, what does it say about contemporary South Korean culture and society? You can listen to it on our Facebook page and read a review on BWOG.