A series of conferences, films and exhibits will accompany the dedication of the new Korean War Memorial at Kansas University later this month.
The dedication ceremony is set for 8:30 a.m. April 16 on Memorial Drive, west of the Campanile.
The events, dubbed "Korea: A Divided Nation on the World Stage," include:
- "Korea Today: Culture, Society and International Relations," beginning at 8:30 a.m. April 9 in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium.
The morning session will focus on religion, society and art. Speakers will include KU faculty members Edward Canda, Kelly Chong, Anne Soon Choi, Marsha Haufler, Yoonmi Nam and So Yeon Park.
The afternoon session, which will move to the Dole Institute of Politics, will focus on politics and international relations. Presenters will be Joseph G.D. Babb from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, and Chae Jin Lee, director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College.
- "Korean War in Historical Perspective," a conference April 14 and 15 at the Kansas Union.
Speakers will include Michael Robinson, professor of East Asian studies at Indiana University; Allan Millett, professor of military history at Ohio State University; author Edward Jae-suk Lee; Kathryn Weathersby, senior associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; James Matray, professor of history at California State University; Michael Devine, president of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs; Col. Chang Il Ohn, professor at the Korea Military Academy; and Ted Wilson, KU history professor.
- An exhibit of archival material involving the Korean War at the Dole Institute of Politics beginning Tuesday.
- Screenings of four Korean films -- "Oasis," "Shilmido," "Tae Guk Gi" and "President's Barber" -- beginning today. Show times and other information about the events -- appear at www.ceas.ku.edu/koreanMemorial.