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    Professor Mark Peterson to Lecture on Wednesday, November 6th 

    Mark Peterson, Associate Professor of Korean Studies at Brigham Young University, will lecture at the Maxwell School on Wednesday, November 6th, at 12:30 in 100 Eggers Hall. His lecture is entitled "National Narrative and Historiography and Why they are Different: The Case of Korea in the Twenty-First Century."

    If one were to ask an average, college-educated Korean about the major factors and trends in Korean history, it is likely one would hear a narrative about war, chaos, and invasions as the dominant themes of Korean history. The narrative of multiple invasions by multiple countries is particularly striking. But recent historiography is painting a completely different picture. Periods of war were relatively few, and the intervening spans of peace were long. Dynasties in Korea were long-lasting and transitions between dynasties were remarkably smooth. Other evidence shows that the historiography of the Twenty-first Century is coming up 180 degrees different from the national narrative of the Twentieth Century.

    Please join us in welcoming Mark Peterson to the Maxwell School!

    Mark Peterson received his B.A. in Asian Studies and Anthropology from Brigham Young University in 1971. He received his M.A. in 1973 and his Ph.D. in 1987, both from Harvard University in the field of East Asian Languages and Civilization. Prior to coming to BYU in 1984 he was the director of the Fulbright program in Korea from 1978 to 1983. He also served as the President of the Korea Pusan Mission from 1987 to 1990. He has been the coordinator of the Asian Studies Program and was the director of the undergraduate programs in the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. He is currently the head of the Korean section of the department.

    You can learn more about Professor Mark Peterson here.


    About KPAC

    The Korean Peninsula Affairs Center (KPAC) is an interdisciplinary research center within the Maxwell School’s Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs. KPAC, with support from the Pacific Century Institute, is committed to studying and addressing contemporary issues of public policy and governance affecting the Korean Peninsula. Through its global network of scholars and practitioners, KPAC encourages public discourse and enhances knowledge by hosting conferences, publishing relevant research, and educating undergraduate and graduate students through Korea-focused courses and academic exchanges. KPAC’s research reflects the diverse interests of its affiliated faculty, research fellows, and graduate students. Among these interests are public diplomacy, local and national government administration, foreign policy, economic policy, the environment, conflict resolution, North-South relations, and science engagement. KPAC aims to develop conversation, cooperation, and understanding regarding North and South Korea.

    Contact KPAC with questions, comments, or suggestions at 




    Thoughts on Recent South Korean Presidential Election

    Donald P Gregg, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, 1989-1993

    Park Geun Hye, the daughter of Park Chung Hee, will become South Korea's first female president. I think this is good news for the US.

    The entire election spoke well of Korea. Two excellent candidates were put forward, and the Koreans voted peacefully and in very large numbers. I know Park quite well, and think very highly of her. In 2001 she visited Pyongyang and spoke at length with the late Kim Jong-Il, with whom she said she felt quite comfortable. I met her in Seoul in 2002, and complimented her for going to North Korea, given the fact that the North Koreans twice tried to kill her father, and did kill her mother in 1974. Her reply was impressive "We must look to the future with hope, not to the past with bitterness."

    The next year I invited her to speak at The Korea Society in New York, and went with her when she spoke at Columbia University. She was most impressive on both occasions. She has said she will negotiate with Kim Jung Un, the new leader of North Korea, and I believe she will. When she does, she will speak as a conservative leader, in the same way that Nixon spoke as a conservative when he reached out to China.

    Park is a strong believer in the US South Korean alliance, and I believe that President Obama will find her a good partner with whom to work out an effective policy of re-engagement with North Korea.      

    Donald P. Gregg              


  • Reflections on the South Korean and US Elections

    November 28, 2012 at 1 PM (reception to follow)

    Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor Stuart Thorson and  assistant professor of strategic communications at Kansas University Hyunjin Seo coauthored a study analyzing Internet connectivity worldwide. The research, published in the Journal of Communication  in 2012, examines data from  TeleGeography'

    Hazel Smith Event

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    Terry Lautz Lecture

    Saving the World: The Role of Students in the U.S. Foreign Missionary Movement

    Implications of Leadership Change in North Korea Symposium

    Discussion of the future of North Korea after the death of Kim Jong Il.

    Missionary Exhibit

     Christian Missionaries in Korea Encountering the West through Christianity

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