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Friends of Korea- Korea Studies at the Sigur Center

Our Korea-related work is drawn from a variety of disciplines including language, literature, history, political science, anthropology, international affairs and business.
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The Center is active on different fronts — from international conferences to lectures by distinguished scholars and policy makers, from facilitating student exchanges to setting up Korean Language Tea Times. A partial list of our recent activities includes:


  • The 20th Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities -Generations: A Century of Modern Korean Literature. (Saturday, October 13, 2012)
  • Visiting Scholar Roundtable - North Korea Military Adventurism and the ROK-US Alliance. (December 05, 2012)
  • Korea-U.S. Relations in an Age of Globalization: Looking Forward after 130 Years of Diplomatic Relations - Co-Organized by the Korean Association of International Studies. (September 18, 2012)
  • The Korean Peninsula After the 2012 Presidential Elections in the U.S., South Korea, and Regional States - Co-Sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative and the International Council on Korean Studies (June 17-28 2012)
  • Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, Gregg Brazinsky, discussed the death of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il in Fox 5 and Elliott School interviews, as well as a Chicago Tribune Op-Ed.
  • U.S. and Korean Perspectives on the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement with Yoon-shik Park, Professor of International Finance, The George Washington University and Kim Ghee-wan, Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Korea (December 14, 2011)
  • Conversations with Scholars: "The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Culture in Choson Korea, 1392-1910" with Jisoo Kim, Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of History and International Affairs, The George Washington University (November 17, 2011)
  • The 19th Annual Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities: Staging Korea: Korean Theatre in Search of New Aesthetics (November 4-5, 2011)
  • Identity and Rising Asian Powers: Implications for Regional Cooperation (April 14, 2011)
  • Sino-Russian Relations in the Northeast Asian Regional Context with Gilbert Rozman, Musgrave Professor of Sociology, Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow (April 6, 2011)
  • Identity and Asian Powers Conference: What Does it Mean for Regional Cooperation? held at the India International Centre with a presentation and discussion of national identity in Korea (February 21-22, 2011 -- New Delhi, India)
  • "Asian Film Series: Take Off (South Korea)" (February 7, 2011)
  • "Obama's Asian Journey: Prospects for U.S. Policy" (November 17, 2010) See the Rising Powers Initiative Blog Post HERE.
  • "The 18th Annual Hahn Moo Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities: Medicine, Mental Health and Childhood in Korea, Past and Present" (November 6, 2010)
  • "OAS Film Series Presents: Mother (South Korea)" (October 28, 2010)
  • "North of the 38th Parallel: GW Student Experiences in N. Korea" (October 19, 2010) See the Elliott School News Article HERE.
  • "Identity Shifts in Asia: Implications for Regional Cooperation" (April 27, 2010)
  • "The U.S.-ROK Alliance: Issues and Challenges" (April 7, 2010)
  • "The 17th Annual Hahn Moo Sook Colloquium: Representing Korea's Visual Culture and Heritage" (October 17, 2009)
  • "The Sound of Ecstasy and Nectar of Enlightenment" (October 14, 2009)
  • "The 2009 Northeast Asian Women's Peace Conference" (October 6, 2009)
  • "Korea's Past, Present and Future: Challenges and Prospects" (September 18, 2009)


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