Korea Foundation Support Programs Briefing at 2011 AAS Conference

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 Korea’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 Foundation’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.