University of Pittsburgh
October 21, 2007

University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center Presents Symposium, "The United States & the Koreas: A Critical Relationship"

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center, part of the University Center for International Studies, will host an international symposium, titled "The United States & the Koreas: A Critical Relationship," Nov. 9-10 in Pitt's Frick Fine Arts auditorium, 650 Schenley Dr., Oakland.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 9, the free public symposium will highlight areas of mutual importance to the United States and North and South Korea, including culture, public management, security, and education. Beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 10, four panel discussions-featuring international participants-will emphasize the importance of promoting the study of Korea in the American education system. A full list of guest speakers is available on the Asian Studies Center Web site,

Young-Shik Kim, Secretary-General of the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE), will give a keynote address on Korean higher-education trends. Kim received his doctoral degree from Pitt's School of Education in 2000. Inaugurated in the 1980s, KCUE strives to develop policies that accelerate national development, strengthen the competitive power of universities, and enhance public confidence in universities.

The symposium is cosponsored by Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Institute for International Studies in Education, School of Education, and Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, and by KCUE.

Advance registration is requested. To register or for more information, contact Dianne Dakis at or 412-648-7367.