It's Edumactional. Although It Has Nothing To Do With Pleasuring Myself (In A Sexual Way): Korea And The World

Monday, November 09, 2009

Because we all should know more (although I'd probably prefer that it was more about me and obviously from the post headline how to pleasure me, but I'll take what I can get).

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18, 2009
USC Symposium: Korea and the World

Leading thinkers discuss North Korea, the future of U.S.-Korea economic relations, and Korean Americans in Hollywood

WHAT: "IDEAS 2009," a symposium on the major issues facing Korea and its relations with the world, sponsored by the Korean Studies Institute at USC.

"We are delighted to welcome this leading group of thinkers to USC to help illuminate some of the major issues in Korea and among Korean Americans today, as well as to inaugurate the Korean Studies Institute's annual symposium," said David Kang, USC professor of international relations and business, and director of the Korean Studies Institute at USC. "Events in North and South Korea have significant implications for worldwide economic and political stability, and the Korean Studies Institute is dedicated to scholarship and outreach to the wider public about contemporary Korean issues."

Speakers include:

• Tami Overby, head of the Asia team for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce;
• Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies at MIT;
• Victor Cha, Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, former Director for Asian affairs at the White House National Security Council (2004 - 2007);
• Sung Kang, actor in Better Luck Tomorrow and Fast and Furious;
• Youngmin Choe, USC assistant professor of East Asian Languages and Culture.

WHEN: November 18, 2009

• 1:00 - 1:05: David Kang, Opening remarks and welcome
• 1:05 - 1:50: Tami Overby, "U.S.-Korea Economic Relations and the Future of the FTA"
• 2:00 - 2:45: Victor Cha, "The Obama Administration and the Korean Peninsula"
• 3:00 - 3:45: Richard J. Samuels, "The Politics of the Japanese Abductees Issue"
• 4:00 - 4:45: Sung Kang and Youngmin Choe, "Between Food and Film: A Korean American in Hollywood"

University of Southern California
Davidson Conference Center, Vineyard Room
Los Angeles, CA 90089

MORE: The Korean Studies Institute at USC, established in 1995, is dedicated to education and research about contemporary issues that affect Korea. Located in Los Angeles, home to the largest Korean population outside of Korea, the USC Korean Studies Institute also houses one of the nation's preeminent research collections in Korean language materials, the Korean Heritage Library.

The symposium will be followed by a gala dinner honoring Yang-Ho Cho, MBA '79, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air. For more information about the gala dinner, please contact Lydia Lee at (213) 740-4991 or For more information about the "IDEAS 2009" symposium or for media parking, please contact Suzanne Wu at