ICJS Event: Korea Japan Study Group "Bruce Cumings - North Korea in the 'Axis of Evil'"

Thursday, July 7, 2005
7:30 p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 206/207 (access)
This lecture is free and open to the general public, but space may be limited. RSVP is not required: seating is on a first come, first served basis.

The Situation on the Korean penisula remains fraught with tensions, as delayed six-party talks, imminent testing of a nuclear device, renewed missile test-launches, and continued humanitarian concerns over abductions from Japan in earlier decades focus media attention and provoke political action.

Professor Bruce Cumings, widely acknowledged as the leading authority on Korean issues, will be sharing his insights and analysis on the tense political and security situation surrounding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).

About Professor Bruce Cumings

Bruce Cumings teaches international history, modern Korean history and East Asian political economy in the History Department at the University of Chicago, where he is the Norman and Edna Freehling Professor. He received his B.A. from Denison University in 1965, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975. He has taught at Swarthmore College (1975-77), the University of Washington (1977-86), and Northwestern University (1994-97).

He is the author of the two-volume study, The Origins of the Korean War (Princeton University Press, 1981, 1990), War and Television (Visal-Routledge, 1992), Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History (W. W. Norton, 1997), Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American's East Asian Relations (Duke University Press, 1999; paperback 2002), North Korea: Another Country (New Press, 2003), co-author of Inventing the Axis of Evil (New Press, 2004), and is the editor of the modern volume of the Cambridge History of Korea (forthcoming).

Professor Cumings is a frequent contributor to The Nation, Current History, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Le Monde Diplomatique. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999, and is the recipient of fellowships from NEH, the MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, and the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council.

He is currently working on a book that seeks to explain the dominant American position in the world by reference to its Pacific involvements, both those in the Asia/Pacific, and the rise of productive industries on the American Pacific coast that completed a fully-developed continental economy.

About the Moderator

This special presentation by Bruce Cumings at TUJ will be moderated by Dr. David Satterwhite, Executive Director of The Japan-United States Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan). Dr. Satterwhite has maintained a life-long commitment to work on human rights and democratization issues, including an interim directorship of the North American Coalition for Human Rights in Korea. In his previous position as managing director of The Economist Group-Japan, he organized Roundtables with the Government of Korea, in Seoul, in which the Prime Minister and President Kim Dae-Jung participated. As a university professor he has taught courses on Korean politics, and he continues to follow developments in NE Asia and on the Korean peninsula closely.

About the Korea Japan Study Group

The Korea Japan Study Group is an informal group that traces its roots to a dinner series in Washington DC in 1998. Besides Washington, it has held meetings in Seoul, Tokyo, and Boston. Its aim is to foster discussions of issues that affect Korea-Japan relations and broader Asian security issues. More information on the group is available by contacting Robert Dujarric, at rdujarric@aol.com.

About ICJS

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.