[KS] Fulbright Forum April 4

Horace H. Underwood hhu at fulbright.or.kr
Thu Mar 27 00:21:31 EST 2003


Fulbright in Seoul (the Korean American Educational Commission) is pleased
to invite you to attend the Fulbright Forum for April, which will be held on
Friday, April 4, 2003, at 6:30 p.m. at the Commission offices in Mapo.

The speaker this month will be Michael Hurt, Fulbright grantee to Korea and
doctoral candidate in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.  The title of the talk
is "Finding Korea: Everyday Life and People from a Photographic Perspective"
and will introduce the audience to Mr. Hurt's experience conducting
documentary photo classes in Korean alternative schools, as well as his own
ongoing photo project, in which he tries to capture images of everyday life
in Korea and the people who define it. Mr. Hurt shoots through the lens of
an outsider's perspective, and encourages his alternative school students to
do the same by using the lens to document and thereby to take a step back
from their everyday environments.  The Forum will show a great deal of Mr.
Hurt's work for the first time, along with some student photo projects that
were completed this past December in the "SSRO.net" media school.

Mr. Hurt says, "Western photographers who come to Asia often do not live in
the places and among the people they photograph.  In the case of Korea,
there is not much contemporary photographic work at all, in comparison with
other countries more prominent in the Western mind, such as China and Japan,
or photogenic locales such as Malaysia or Tibet.  Even in Korean bookstores,
there is a dearth of documentary photography collections that are not coffee
table books for tourists or do not have to do with the recent World Cup.
Documentary photography exists in Korea, but is eclipsed by art photography
and exists in the shadow of a huge body of earlier photo work on a postwar,
underdeveloped South Korea."

We welcome to the April Fulbright Forum all Fulbrighters, senior scholars,
graduate students and ETAs, as well as Board Members, Fulbright alumni,
Peace Corps alumni, Korean studies scholars, foreign graduate students, RAS
members, and any other interested friends of Korea or members of the
Fulbright family.

The presentation will be followed by a buffet reception (in lieu of dinner.)
We hope many friends will come to enjoy the lecture, the discussion, and the

Place: Fulbright Building
168-15 Yomni-dong, Mapo-gu
see maps on our website: www.fulbright.or.kr
or call Mrs. Lee: 3275-4000 for directions
Date: Friday, April 4, 2003
Time: 6:30 p.m.

See you on the 4th!

Horace H. Underwood, Executive Director
Korean-American Educational Commission (Fulbright)
Seoul, Korea
hhu at fulbright.or.kr

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