Fall Film Series a Casualty of Hot Air

still from past film seriesWith con­sid­er­able regret, the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies will forego its usu­al fall film series. For many years, the Cen­ter has offered free screen­ings of top­i­cal series of Kore­an films, some recent and some vin­tage, dur­ing both fall and spring semes­ters.

The deci­sion not to sched­ule the series this fall result­ed from the fail­ure of the Center’s air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tem in May. The sys­tem has remained out of order through­out this unusu­al­ly hot Hawai’i sum­mer. Uni­ver­si­ty author­i­ties have pro­vid­ed no tar­get date for restora­tion of the air con­di­tion­ing.

As a result of the heat, fall-semes­ter lan­guage class­es, usu­al­ly held in the Center’s class­room, have been relo­cat­ed, and groups wish­ing to sched­ule pub­lic events at the Cen­ter have been redi­rect­ed. The Cen­ter library read­ing room remains avail­able for use thanks to the use of portable air con­di­tion­ers. The same solu­tion was not deemed fea­si­ble for the large audi­to­ri­um space.

The Center’s admin­is­tra­tion opti­misti­cal­ly expects to resume film screen­ings dur­ing the spring semes­ter. Watch for future announce­ments.