The Korea Foundation will conduct a briefing session on its Korean studies support programs and introduce new initiatives for university institutions in North America at the 2011 AAS-ICAS joint conference in Honolulu.
The briefing will take place Friday, April 1, 2011, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Carnation Room at the Ala Moana Hotel (second floor), across the street from the conference venue, the Hawaii Convention Center. The briefing will include a question-and-answer session. A reception for Koreanists hosted by the Korea Foundation and the University of Hawaii Center for Korean Studies will follow at 6:00 p.m. in Hibiscus Ballroom of the Ala Moana.
The Korea Foundation operates a variety of programs to encourage the development of Korean studies abroad through the establishment of professorships, employment of teaching staff, dispatch of Korean studies visiting professors, and support for Korea-related activities.
In addition to institutional support programs, individual scholars are offered fellowship assistance for field research, Korean language training, graduate studies, and post-doctoral studies.
In this way, the Korea Foundation seeks to build an epistemic community through an integration of its existing support programs in North America with its new initiatives:
- The KF Global e-School program aims to expand the Korea-related curriculum at universities, in addition to basic courses on Koreaâ€™s history, culture, and language, by providing video lectures presented by senior-level professors of prominent universities related to such areas as economic development, political science, international relations, and contemporary society. The online lectures will be supplemented with offline activities, including workshop and seminar sessions.
- The KF Global Seminar is intended to provide added insight into and debate of fundamental global issues by facilitating the exchange of innovative ideas and creative approaches, in an effort to promote the well-being and security of the global community.
- A special KF Assembly will be held in Korea July 6 – 9, 2011, to commemorate the Foundationâ€™s twentieth anniversary. The assembly will include the participation of Korea Foundation-supported professors as well as the directors of Korean studies centers and honored guests.