[KS] A lecture by Bruce Cumings

JONGMIN PAEK jongmin at sbcglobal.net
Mon Apr 27 10:58:34 EDT 2009

Dear All:
The following information was forwarded to me by Dr. Matthew Shapiro. 
Min Paek, Co-owner
Korean Studies List
The Department of Social Science at the Illinois Institute of 
Technology wishes to announce a lecture by Bruce Cumings (University of 
"North Korea: Still in the Axis of Evil?"
Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 4-5:30pm
Illinois Institute of Technology Main Campus, Wishnick Hall, Auditorium 
(Room 113)

Professor Bruce Cumings will examine the disconnects in the 60-year 
confrontation between the United States and North Korea. Although the 
U.S. has labeled North Korea as a “rogue state” and as part of 
the “axis of evil,” American media and most pundits rarely consider the 
background to the U.S. conflict with Pyongyang. This history includes 
the 1945–48 American military occupation of South Korea, the Korean 
War, and America’s role in introducing nuclear weapons to the Korean 
peninsula in 1958. Today, North Korea continues to challenge the U.S., 
most recently by attempting to put a satellite in orbit.

About the Speaker
Bruce Cumings teaches international history, modern Korean history, and 
East Asian political economy at the University of Chicago, where he is 
the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor. He is 
the author of several books, including the award-winning two-volume 
study, The Origins of the Korean War. Cumings is a member of the 
American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of fellowships 
from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the 
MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, and 
the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council.


Matthew A. Shapiro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Department of Social Sciences
Illinois Institute of Technology
Siegel Hall, Suite 116
3301 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL  60616

matthew.shapiro at iit.edu
312-567-6821 fax
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