CKS Community Lecture Series Will Celebrate Han’gŭ­l Day

Hangŭ­l Day com­mem­o­rates the inven­tion and the procla­ma­tion of han’gŭ­l, the native alpha­bet of the Kore­an lan­guage, by King Sejong the Great. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Com­mu­ni­ty Lec­ture Series will observe Han’gŭl Day this year with a pre­sen­ta­tion on Sun­day, Octo­ber 9, titled “What Makes Han’gŭl Great.”

The speak­er will be Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii lin­guis­tics pro­fes­sor William O’Grady. O’Grady’s research includes work on many aspects of the Kore­an lan­guage. He is co-author of a bilin­gual “root dic­tio­nary” of Kore­an (The Hand­book of Kore­an Vocab­u­lary, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Press, 1996) as well as a book on Kore­an phonol­o­gy for sec­ond lan­guage learn­ers (The Sounds of Kore­an, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Press, 2003).

O’Grady’s lec­ture will be pre­sent­ed in both Eng­lish and Kore­an. It will take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um begin­ning at 3:00 p.m. and is free and open to the pub­lic. UH cam­pus park­ing is free on Sun­days, includ­ing the park­ing area next to the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, locat­ed at 1881 East-West Road on the UH Manoa cam­pus.

The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Com­mu­ni­ty Lec­ture Series was begun last Feb­ru­ary and is designed to present peri­od­ic talks of espe­cial inter­est to the local com­mu­ni­ty beyond the UH Manoa cam­pus. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041.