Two programs on North Korea form the agenda for the sixth Forum on Critical Issues in Korean Studies April 9 – 10, 2015, at the Center for Korean Studies. The Critical Issues Forum was begun in 2010 as a mechanism to bring outstanding scholars from around the world to the Mānoa campus for discussions of important contemporary topics.
The speaker for the 2015 Forum is Andre Schmid, an associate professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. Schmid, who earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University, currently researches the history of the cultural Cold War in post-Korean War peninsula as well as early twentieth-century peasant movements. He is the author of Korea Between Empires, 1895 – 1919 (Columbia University Press) and winner of the Association for Asian Studies John Whitney Hall Award for outstanding book of the year. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Yŏksa munje yŏn’gu, and he is currently working on a book on postwar domesticity in North Korea, titled Socialist Living in North Korea, 1953‒1965.
The format of the two-day event includes a public lecture on the first day and a presentation in a seminar setting on the second day. Schmid’s April 9 lecture is titled “Is a History of North Korea without Kim Il Sung Possible?” The lecture will take place in the Center auditorium from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The second-day topic is “The Mundaneness of the North Korean Revolution.” The program will take place in the Center conference room from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The Forum on Critical Issues in Korean Studies is free and open to the public. The Center for Korean Studies is located at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus. Limited, paid ($6.00) public parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Center and in other visitor parking lots on campus. For more information about parking regulations and locations, consult the campus parking office Web page. For further information about the Forum, including information about access for the handicapped, telephone the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956‑7041.
Presentation of the Critical Issues in Korean Studies Forum is supported by the Doo Wook and Helen Nahm Choy Fund.