KSU Hosts “Year of Korea” Conference Feb. 4-5

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Top scholars examine Korea’s global role  A conference examining post-modern and…

Georgia (Feb 4, 2010)Top scholars examine Korea’s global role

 A conference examining post-modern and traditional Korean history and culture in a globalcontext and featuring leading scholars from the U.S. and Korea is scheduled Feb. 4 and 5 at Kennesaw State. The conference is part of the “Year of Korea,” the university’s 26th annual, curriculum-based study of a country or region.
Launching the conference is a lecture examining the treatment in Korean cinema of the country’s history of colonialism by Jinsoo An, assistant professor, School of Design and Media, at Korea’s Hongik University. He will speak at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4.
The keynote speaker, Bruce Cumings, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, will discuss “The Cold War and Korea” Friday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. 
Cumings, an expert on 20th-century international history, modern Korean history, U.S.-East Asian relations, East Asian political economy, and American foreign relations, is the author of several volumes, including “The Origins of the Korean War,” “War and Television,” “Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History,” “Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations,” North Korea: Another Country.” He is also co-author of “Inventing the Axis of Evil” and “Dominion from Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power.”
Panel discussions featuring scholars from the University of Illinois, John Hopkins University, Binghamton University, Florida State University, Emory University, Columbus State and Maryville College will focus on historical and contemporary issues in Korean education, identity, literature and society. 
“We are very pleased to join with our academic partners in Korea, local representatives of the Republic of Korea and the Korean American Association in welcoming such an accomplished group of scholars to Kennesaw State,” said Dan Paracka, director, Education Abroad Office and coordinator of the “Year of” country study program. “Through the free and open exchange of information and insight, our students, faculty and community can begin to connect with the world’s people and cultures.”
All conference sessions are open to the public. For a complete conference schedule, visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/yearofkorea/conferences.html.


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