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The Koreas - More Than You Know
This series will shed light on the Korea’s, past and present and will provide information to help us consider their future. The split of the Korean peninsula into North and South occurred as the Japanese occupation ended in 1945; the split was further entrenched by the end of the Korean War in 1953. How have the two countries fared as the split approaches the 75-year point? This series will speak to the economic miracle that has led South Korea to become the world’s 11th largest economy with robust democratic institutions but also with challenges including stress among young people driven by its intensely competitive educational system. The North meanwhile languishes as one of the world’s most repressive societies with high emphasis on military capabilities. October 4 lecture starts at 9:30 a.m. October 11 lecture starts at 10:30 a.m. 9/13 -- Modern Korea: History and Events Se-Mi Oh is an Assistant Professor of Modern Korean History in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Korean Institute of Harvard University. Her research focuses on the architectural and urban practices of Colonial Seoul of the 1920s and 1930s and explores the relationship between space and history. Speaker’s Synopsis: Introduction to Modern Korean History: As this lecture will be the first in the series, it will introduce important events in modern Korean history. Starting from the late nineteenth century, it will trace the tumultuous processes of Korea’s modernization, colonialism, war, division, nation building, industrialization, dissident movement, cultural development, and explore the entangled history of two Koreas from 1945 to the present day. 9/20 -- Business and Economy of the Koreas Jordan Siegel is an Associate Professor of Strategy and is the Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Faculty Fellow at UM’s Ross School of Business. Professor Siegel is also a Research Fellow at the William Davidson Institute and an Associate-in-Research at the Harvard Korea Institute of the Harvard Asia Center. Professor Siegel specializes in the study of how companies gain competitive advantage through their global strategy. Speaker’s Synopsis: Professor Siegel will address the economic and business aspects of South Korea and include some similar comments on North Korea. This will include the rapid rise of the South Korean business sector with associated data and reference to the educational and legal systems that support the business sector. He will explore how South Korea was able to gain and maintain economic advantages, especially in the technical sector. 9/27 -- Personal Stories of North Korean Escapees Ms. Mi retired from Pfizer, and is currently the COO of miCore, Commissioner of Michigan Asian Pacific America Affairs Commission, Executive Director of the Korean American Cultural Center of Michigan, serves on the Board of Directors of Henry Ford Hospital/West Bloomfield, and the Board of Directors of the American Citizens for Justice. As a Korean-American, she is fluent in the Korean language and has been in attendance at escapee presentations and has had the opportunity to discuss their experiences with them. Speaker’s Synopsis: Ms. Mi Dong will serve as moderator as we view four short video’s: An overview produced by the UN beginning with the division of the peninsula after WWII plus testimonials from three escapees as presented in TED Talks or YouTube settings. Ms. Mi Dong will provide added context and guide the Q/A discussion. Please join us for a complimentary Taste of Korea - light fare after the lecture. 10/4 -- Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea (NOTE: LECTURE BEGINS AT 9:30 a.m.) Jaeeun Kim is Assistant Professor of Sociology at UM. She is a political sociologist and law and society scholar interested in race/ethnicity/nationalism and international migration, citizenship, and globalization. She received her Ph.D. degree from UCLA, was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton and Stanford, and a former member at the Institute for Advanced Study. Her book, Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea (Stanford University Press, 2016), won multiple book awards from the American Sociological Association, the Social Science History Association, and the Association for Asian Studies. Speaker’s Synopsis: Jaeeun Kim will talk about her book Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea. Contested Embrace is a comparative, historical, and ethnographic study of the complex relationships among the states in the Korean peninsula, colonial-era Korean migrants to Japan and northeast China and their descendants, and the states in which they have resided over the course of the twentieth century. The talk will focus on Chapter 2 of the book, which examines the prolonged and vehement competition between North and South Korea over the allegiance of colonial-era Korean migrants who remained in Japan in the context of decolonization and the Cold War. 10/11 -- Diplomacy and Discord: International Politics Around the Korean Peninsula (NOTE: LECTURE BEGINS AT 10:30 a.m.) John D. Ciorciari (Harvard AB, JD; Oxford MPhil, DPhil) is an associate professor at UM’s Ford School of Public Policy. He is the author of The Limits of Alignment (2010) and co-author of Hybrid Justice (2014). He has held fellowships at Stanford, the Asia Society and the Carnegie Corporation, and has been a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2004-07, he served as a policy official in the U.S. Treasury Department. Speaker’s Synopsis: Prof. Ciorciari will focus on the complex and contentious international politics surrounding the two Koreas. He will review past efforts to achieve peace, reunification, and other objectives. He will explain the divergent interests of key regional players and discuss why progress has been so difficult to date. He will then turn to current diplomatic efforts led by the Trump administration, noting both pitfalls and prospects for positive change. 10/18 -- Nuclear Treaty Verification Sara Pozzi is a Professor and the Graduate Program Chair at the Department of Nuclear and Radiological Sciences, UM. Her research interests include the development of new methods for nuclear materials detection, identification, and characterization for nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear material control and accountability, nuclear safeguards, and national security programs. Prof. Pozzi is the director of the Consortium for Verification Technology, a consortium of 12 universities and 9 national laboratories dedicated to the development of new technologies for nuclear treaty verification. Speaker’s Synopsis: Since the discovery of fission, nuclear chain reactions, and nuclear weapons, preventing the spread of nuclear weapons has become a top priority for our nation and the world. Several international treaties have been put into place to curb the expansion of nuclear capabilities. Nevertheless, there are states that may be pursuing elements of an overt or covert nuclear weapons program. New science and technology developments are needed to verify the existing or proposed treaties in this area and to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again.
Event Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Date(s) : 09/13/2018 - 10/18/2018
Day of Week : Thursday
Time : 10:00-11:30 a.m., Oct. 4 @ 9:30 & Oct. 11 @ 10:30
Location : Washtenaw Community College/ Morris Lawrence Building
Address : Towsley Auditorium,
4800 E. Huron River Dr.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Fee : $30.00
Event Status : OPEN