8th Annual Introduction to Asia Conference

Wednesday, April 13, 12:00pm-4:45pm

University Center Auditorium

Open to Students, Faculty, and General Public

Attendance Is Free and Refreshments Will Be Served.

*5:30pm-7:00pm: Special off-campus Korea program at the Creative Discovery Museum for elementary and middle school teachers, education majors, and others interested in the Korea exhibit. Please email Jeffrey Melnik at edast@utc.edu to reserve a spot for the exhibit. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a "first come, first served" basis.

The UTC Asia Program is hosting the eighth annual Introduction to Asia Conference. Support is provided by the Freeman Foundation (the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia), the Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta, the Creative Discovery Museum, the Apgar Foundation, the ROTC Military Science and Leadership Program, the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies, and the UTC Office of International Students. The program will take place in the University Center Auditorium with a special off-campus program afterwards at the Creative Discovery Museum.

This year’s conference features four sessions on Asia-related topics and a special off-campus museum exhibit. Our keynote speaker, Consul-General Seong-jin Kim from The Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta, will discuss the relationship between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the U.S. Other sessions include: Sean N. Kalic, Department of Military History, US Army Command and Staff College, “The Korean War, The Cold War, and American National Interests” and Takeo Suzuki, Executive Director, UTC Office of International Students, “Japanese Culture Now and Then: From Samurai to Pokemon.” The conference also includes Asian and American student panel participants discussing what they’ve learned through experiencing Asian and American cultures.

After the conference, the UTC Asia Program and the Creative Discovery Museum will host a special visit to the museum's exhibit “Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea” from 5:30pm to 7:00pm for elementary and middle school teachers, educators, and the general public. Museum attendance is free and refreshments will be served. For more information about the exhibit and directions to the museum, please visit: http://www.cdmfun.org.

The conference schedule is as listed below:

12:00pm-12:10pm: Welcome, Chancellor Steven Angle

12:10pm-1:15pm: Keynote Address: "The U.S. & The Republic of Korea: Security Alliance, Economics, and Global Partnership," Consul General Seong-jin Kim, Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta

1:15pm-2:20pm: "The Korean War, The Cold War, and American National Interests,” Professor Sean N. Kalic, Master Instructor from the Department of Military History at the US Army Command and Staff College

2:20pm-2:35pm: Refreshments

2:35pm-3:40pm: "Japanese Culture Now and Then: From Samurai to Pokemon," Takeo Suzuki, Executive Director for the UTC Office of International Students

3:45pm-4:45pm: Panel Discussion: "Learning from Asia, Learning from the United States"

Woody Seagren (School Psychology, Ed.S Program), Qingyuan Guo (Accounting/English), Phillip Barber (Business Management), Nodoka Sato (International Studies: English)

5:30pm-7:00pm: "Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea," Off-campus exhibit at the Creative Discovery Museum

Admission is free for all members of the university community, educators, and members of the general public who wish to attend and refreshments will be served. Conference attendees are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible as their schedule allows.

If you have any questions, please email or call Jeffrey Melnik at edast@utc.edu or 423-425-2118.