unr-150-Korea in Global Space and Time

In co-sponsorship with UNR, a symposium showcasing varied approaches to understanding Korea and its culture.

Korea in Global Time and Space: A Symposium

Friday, May 3, 2024 (1–5:30 p.m.)
Wells Fargo Auditorium (MIKC 124)


This symposium will showcase varied approaches to understanding Korea and Korean culture to a general audience. We are pleased to have Youngwan Kim, the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles, in attendance. Topics will range from history and economics to art and the environment. As the event will help UNR raise Korea’s profile on campus, in Northern Nevada, and beyond, it will be open to the public, including UNR faculty, staff, and students, as well as to the Reno community. No RSVP is required and you can drop in at any time. There will be an open Q&A after each panel.

01:00–01:20    Welcome Remarks
Brian Sandoval (President, UNR)
Introduced by: Casilde Isabelli (Dean, College of Liberal Arts, UNR)
Youngwan Kim (Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles)
Introduced by: Daniel Enrique Perez (Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Liberal Arts, UNR)


01:20–02:00    Keynote Lecture
John B. Duncan (Professor Emeritus, UCLA)
“Korean Studies: Past, Present, and Future”
Moderator: Eugene Y. Park (Professor, UNR)


02:00–03:00    Panel 1: Korean History in Context
Don Baker (Professor, University of British Columbia)
“Korea’s Impact on East Asian and World History”
Peter Kwon (Assistant Professor, University at Albany; Harvard GSAS alumnus)
“The Militarized Rise of South Korea in the Global Political Economy”
Moderator & discussant: Dennis Dworkin (Professor, UNR)


03:00–03:15    Break


03:15–04:15    Panel 2: Environment, (Non)Human Actors, and Their Lives in Korea
Eugene Y. Park (Professor, UNR; Harvard GSAS alumnus)
“Korea’s Wild Cats: An Environmental History”
In Hwan Ko (Assistant Professor, UNR)
“One Sun, Two Farms: South Korea’s Experience in Solar Energy Development”
Moderator & discussant: Hugh Shapiro (Associate Professor, UNR; Harvard GSAS alumnus)


04:15–05:15    Panel 3: Korean Identity in the Contemporary Art in America
• Sangmi Yoo (Professor, Texas Tech University)
“Dazzle Camouflage and Saekdong”
• Eunkang Koh (Associate Professor, UNR)
“Beauty of Min-Hwa and Haehak in Eunkang Koh’s Art”

Moderator & discussant: Brett Van Hoesen (Associate Professor, UNR)


05:15–05:30    Closing Remarks
• Gi W. Yun (Dean, Reynolds School of Journalism, UNR)