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 Hawaiâ€˜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.