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March 31, 2005
Contact: Alison Watkins, Graduate School & International Programs, (785) 864-6161.

Conferences, films, exhibits to precede Korean War Memorial dedication at KU

LAWRENCE -- "Korea: A Divided Nation on the World Stage," a series of public conferences, films and exhibits, will take place during the week preceding the dedication of the Korean War Memorial at the University of Kansas. All events are free and open to the public.

The memorial -- which honors the 44 KU alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the war -- will be dedicated at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, on Memorial Drive, west of the campanile.

Participants are encouraged to preregister by e-mail at rhacker@ku.edu. Participants who preregister will receive information packets. A complete schedule of events is at www.ceas.ku.edu/koreanMemorial/.

Conferences

"Korea Today: Culture, Society and International Relations" will begin at 8:30 a.m. April 9 in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium.

The morning session, "Korean Religion, Society and Art," will look at "Religions in Contemporary South Korea," "South Korean Evangelicalism," "Korean Diaspora," "The Changing Landscape of Art in Korea" and the work of two Korean artists in America. KU professors Edward Canda, Kelly Chong, Anne Soon Choi, Marsha Haufler, Yoonmi Nam and So Yeon Park will present.

The afternoon session, "Current Korean Politics and International Relations," will be at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. Joseph G.D. Babb from the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, and Chae Jin Lee, director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, Claremont McKenna College, will speak on "Asian Security Issues and North Korea" and "The South-North Dynamic," respectively.

The "Korean War in Historical Perspective" will be April 14 and 15 in the Kansas Union.
Michael Robinson, professor of East Asian studies at Indiana University, will speak April 14 on "Seeds of Division: Korea's Colonial Legacy." Allan Millett, the Raymond Mason Jr. professor of military history at Ohio State University, will present "Goodbye Marie, I'm Off to Korea." Edward Jae-suk Lee will sign his novel, "The Good Man," at Oread Books.

On April 15, Kathryn Weathersby, senior associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., will discuss "The Soviet Union and the Korean War: Origins, Armistice and Legacy." James Matray, professor of history, California State University at Chico, will present "Forgotten No More: Historians and the Rediscovery of the Korean War." The conference will conclude with a panel discussion featuring the speakers and Michael Devine, president of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs, Col. Chang Il Ohn, professor at the Korea Military Academy, and Ted Wilson, KU professor of history.

Films

Four recent Korean films -- "Oasis," "Shilmido," "Tae Guk Gi" and "President's Barber" -- will offer perspectives on Korean society. Showings begin April 2. See http://www.ceas.ku.edu/koreanMemorial/ for show times and locations.

Exhibits

Political materials including a private collection of archival materials and a copy of the signed armistice will be on display at the Dole Institute of Politics April 5 through 22. Exhibitions of other political and cultural materials can be seen at the Watson Library (fourth floor), the Spencer Museum of Art and Oread Books in the Kansas Union during the events.

These events are organized by the KU Office of International Programs and the Center for East Asian Studies and co-sponsored by the international studies program, the Korean Students Association, the history and political science departments, and the American studies program at KU. The Dole Institute display was made possible by donations from the Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs, Independence, Mo., and the National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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