GW Institute for Korean Studies is determined to provide platforms for various events and programs that will bring scholars and young professionals a lively discussion on Korean studies. We have the Lecture Series for GW faculty members and students, Soh Jaipil Circle meetings for local experts and professionals to gather and share their interest in Korea, Korea Policy Forum to introduce policy-related panels with a range of social science approaches, and annual Signature Conference on a single theme or topic. The Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium will also be held to bring academic discussions about Korean arts, history, language, literature, thought and religious systems. We are also interested in sponsoring other events related to Korean studies.

The GWIKS Lecture Series invites leading scholars to the George Washington University from universities around the country throughout the year to share their groundbreaking academic research in the field of Korean studies. The Lecture Series represents an essential element of the vibrant academic culture of the GW Institute for Korean Studies.

The Soh Jaipil Circle on Contemporary Korean Affairs is named after the famous champion of Korean independence who earned a medical degree at GW. The circle brings together people from the academic and think tank communities for serious and engaged conversations on contemporary Korean affairs. During each session one scholar will present a work in progress and receive commentary and criticism from other participants.

The Korea Policy Forum is established to serve as a focal point and trusted venue for the engagement of policy-related professionals and members of academia in order to discuss current Korea-related policy issues.

GWIKS Signature Conference is held annually on different themes, bringing together experts and scholars from around the world to present their research and engage in lively discussions.

Korean Studies Workshop is held annually to discuss Korean studies development in the U.S. and share work-in-progress papers among scholars in the greater D.C. area.

The Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities Series at The George Washington University provides a forum for academic discussion of Korean arts, history, language, literature, thought and religious systems in the context of East Asia and the world.  The Colloquium series is made possible by an endowment established by the estate of Hahn Moo-Sook (1918-1993), one of Korea’s most honored writers, in order to uphold her spirit of openness, curiosity, and commitment to education. It has brought some of the foremost Korean writers and artists as well as prominent Korea experts to GW for more than two decades.

The Korean Studies Book Manuscript Workshop is for faculty working on his/her second book. This workshop is intended to provide support for faculty, regardless of citizenship, in the humanities and social sciences who are in the middle phase of writing the second monograph. 

The North Korea Economic Forum

North Korea Certificate Program