Critical Issues Forum Addresses History of North Korea

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.

photo of Andre SchmidThe 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.