[KS] Fulbright Forum - March 28

Executive Assistant executive.assistant at fulbright.or.kr
Sun Mar 9 22:35:05 EDT 2008

Fulbright Forum

The Korean-American Educational Commission invites you to attend the 
next Fulbright Forum for a talk entitled
"U.S. Involvement in the Gwangju Uprising: 1980"
by Dr. George Katsiaficas, Fulbright Scholar at Chonnam National 
University in Gwangju.

The Fulbright Forum serves as a periodic gathering for Fulbright 
grantees and members of the community. This month's Forum will be held 
at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28th in the 6th floor conference room at 
the Fulbright Building in Mapo-gu, Seoul, with a snack reception to 
follow on the 3rd floor. Please reply to 
executive.assistant at fulbright.or.kr by Wednesday, March 26th in order to 
confirm your attendance, and feel free to share this invitation with 
others. For a map and directions, see the KAEC website at 

Drawing from US Embassy documents, World Bank statistics, and memoirs of 
former US Ambassador Gleysteen and Commanding General Wickham, US 
actions during Chun Doo Hwan's first months in power are examined. The 
Embassy's chief concern in this period was liberalization of the Korean 
economy and securing US bankers' continuing investments. Political 
liberalization was rejected as an appropriate goal, thereby 
strengthening Korean anti-Americanism. The timing of economic reforms 
and US support for Chun indicate that the suppression of the Gwangju 
Uprising opened the door for the imposition of the neoliberal 
accumulation regime in the ROK. With the long-term success of increasing 
American returns on investments, serious strains are placed on the 
US/ROK alliance.

Dr. George Katsiaficas is a professor of Humanities and Social Studies 
at Boston's Wentworth Institute of Technology and an Associate in 
Research at Harvard University's Korea Institute. In 2001 he lived in 
Gwangju and researched the Gwangju uprising of 1980. The May 18 
Institute atChonnam National University (CNU) published two volumes of 
his interviews with members of the Citizens Army. He is the author of 
several books including /The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous 
Social Movements and the //Decolonization of Everyday Life /and 
/Imagination of the New Left: A Global Analysis of 1968/. He has also 
edited several books, most recently South Korean Democracy: Legacy of 
the Gwangju Uprising (with Na Kahn-chae). Prof Katsiaficas will stay at 
CNU as a Fulbright Senior Scholar this year. Visit his homepage 
www.eroseffect.com to find some of his articles.
Korean-American Educational Commission
Fulbright Building
168-15 Yomni-dong Mapo-gu
Seoul, 121-874 Republic of Korea

office: 02-3275-4004
fax: 02-3275-4028
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