KSU Launches "Year of Korea"

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Kennesaw State will embark on one of its most ambitious “Year of” projects to date as…

Georgia (Jul 31, 2009)

Kennesaw State will embark on one of its most ambitious “Year of” projects to date as it launches the “Year of Korea” during the 2009-2010 academic year.

KSU will host lectures, art exhibits, cultural performances and an international conference on digital games to mark the “Year of Korea.” KSU launched the “Year of” series –– an annual, year-long, curriculum-based study of a particular country or area of the world –– 26 years ago. The “Year of Turkey” concluded this summer.
The university is working together with more than 10 partners, including civic and service organizations, governmental agencies and academic institutions in the U.S. and Korea to offer a variety of academic programs focusing on Korea throughout the year.
“We are very excited to join our partners in facilitating an enlightening and comprehensive study of Korea,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “It is a diverse land with an intriguing history, rich cultural traditions and impressive technological developments. Kennesaw State University's campus community and our guests who will attend the year's events will certainly help gain greater understanding of North Korea and South Korea."
Papp has traveled to South Korea twice since 2008 to meet with government officials and top administrators at Hanyang University in Seoul’s Seongdong-gu district and Woosong University in Daejeon.
Closer to campus, a multidisciplinary team of KSU administrators, faculty and students has worked for more than a year with the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta and other groups to plan cultural exhibitions and performances, lectures, conferences, academic courses, study-abroad and faculty exchange programs. A two-day, digital game conference featuring the latest gaming technology –– South Korea is a recognized global leader in the field –– has been added to this year’s calendar of events.
With some 70 million people, Korea is situated in eastern Asia, bordering China and Russia, and separated from Japan by the Korea Strait. Once referred to as the “hermit kingdom” for its fierce independence and isolationism, in the 20th century it has experienced occupation by Japan, political encroachment by Russia, France and the U.S., civil war and ideological differences that resulted in its separation into two sovereign states — North and South Korea — and alliances with China and the West, respectively.
“Korea is very compelling to study because of its unique history and vital place in today’s world,” said Dan Paracka, director of international services and programs at KSU and chair of the “Year of Korea” planning committee. “As it has been noted, the Cold War started in Korea and still has not ended.”





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