PROGRAMS

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 engaging conversations on contemporary Korean affairs.

The Korea Policy Forum is established to serve as a focal point and trusted venue for discussing current Korea-related policy issues in the domestic, regional and global contexts. The Forum engages policy experts, journalists, current and former government officials and lawmakers covering Korean domestic politics, economy, regional dynamics, and global agenda.

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 scholars working on their first and second books. This workshop is intended to provide support for scholars, regardless of citizenship, in the humanities and social sciences who are in the process of completing their research monograph.

The North Korea Economic Forum aims to promote the understanding of North Korean economic issues, distribute the well-balanced, deeply touched, and multi-dimensionally explored pictures of the North Korean economy and to expand the network among the various North Korean economy watchers. The Forum is mostly a closed and off-the-record meeting where participants can freely and seriously discuss the critical issues. It also organizes two conferences which is made public throughout the academic year.

The GWIKS North Korea Program is designed to provide professionals in Washington, including Congressional staff, government officials, journalists, think tank, NGOs, private sector experts, and graduate students with a variety of perspectives about North Korea. The Program is structured as one-month intensive courses covering North Korea’s history, domestic politics, economy, foreign policy, nuclear program, culture, society, and human rights. An Acknowledgement of Participation will be awarded at the end of the Program with a special lecture on negotiating with North Koreans.