The University of Iowa

Upcoming Events

Monthly Seminars

(most taking place in UCC 2390 unless otherwise indicated)

Monthly seminars are designed for graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, and junior faculty members to present their work-in-progress on Korea-related subjects.  Senior academics are on hand to serve as commentators.  For questions please contact

February 7, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

word cloud in Korean and English (United States, Environment, Korea, World, Energy, etc)

Presenting Dr. Byung Wook Kim (School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa)

The Political Economy of Media Framing in South Korea: An Analysis of Korean News Coverage of Climate Change, 1995-2015

The purpose of this study is to understand the construction of the dominant climate change discourse in South Korea and the solution that is implied, which directs the society to embrace neoliberalism while practicing environmentalism. This study, specifically, aims to reveal what the dominant and preferred meanings of climate change in South Korea are and how these meanings have been constructed through Korean newspapers to serve the interests of the ruling coalition, mainly Korean conglomerates and foreign investors.

March 6, 2020 from 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. 

graphic of life priorities - family, spirituality, relationship, community and career

Presenting Ji Hye Kim (PhD student, Sociology, University of Iowa)

Korean Young Generation and Their Priorities in Life

Many of the young generation in South Korea have developed a pessimistic view on their lives and future. Due to the high level of unemployment and economic insecurity, the so-called ‘Sampo Generation’ has to prioritize personal success over such basic things in life as dating, marriage, and having children. This presentation examines how Korean adolescents perceive these trade-offs between life goals. The findings will show how patterned understandings of life goals are related to socioeconomic characteristics and later life-course outcomes.

A light lunch will be provided, so RSVP is essential. For RSVP, please send an email to Sarolta Petersen at by Thursday, March 5.

April 9, 2020 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in 302 Schaeffer Hall

korean landscape with woman and two children

Presenting Professor Nancy Lin (Assistant Professor of Art History at Lawrence University)

Picturing ‘Chosŏn’: Early 20th Century Landscapes in Japan and Korea

This lecture discusses how a particular kind of picturesque East Asian landscape in Korea was selected and constructed by Japanese and Korean artists as part of the modernization project during the early 20th century.  This landscape was visualized with certain stereotypical tropes or motifs that were then disseminated through domestic and international official exhibitions, essays, and sketch-tour books by traveling Japanese artists.  These motifs were then re-appropriated by Korean artists in the 1930s to articulate the possibility of a strictly Korean mode of modern self expression.

See flyer for more information.