AARP & OLLI Mason Lecture Series

Posted on 05/13/22

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Join AARP Virginia for a complimentary class offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University (OLLI Mason). OLLI Mason provides intellectual and cultural experiences in a welcoming atmosphere to Northern Virginia residents in their retirement years.

AARP Virginia is excited to collaborate with them to provide a sampling of their lectures! Sign up for one, two, or all six complimentary classes. You can also watch recordings of some previous lectures.

In celebration of George Mason University’s 50th Anniversary, OLLI Mason is pleased to collaborate with George Mason University’s Korea Campus to provide the international interactive course series Live from Korea.

Inter-Korea Relations and North Korea
Tuesday, July 5 |7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET
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The current status of Korea invites many questions: How did North Korea avoid the domino-like collapse of communism of 1989? Why can’t the two Koreas find the peace and reconciliation to be reunified? Why does North Korea want to possess nuclear weapons? What would be the most ideal approach towards North Korea to facilitate change? Addressing these questions, this session will trace the historical and political developments of the two Koreas.

Soyoung Kwon is currently a professor of Global Affairs and director of Security Policy Studies-Korea at George Mason University Korea. She also serves as associate fellow at the Yonsei Institute of Unification Studies of Yonsei University, Korea. Dr. Kwon received M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the University of Cambridge.

Korean Unification: Resolving the Unresolvable Protracted Social Conflict
Tuesday, July 12 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET
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The Korean War and the continued division of the Korean Peninsula was the first real test of the past Cold War and the struggle between communism and democracy (East and West). The lecture will try and promote alternative ways to transform the relationship between north and south, to resolve the conflict in order for peaceful unification to occur. 

Roland Wilson is currently the program coordinator and professor for the Conflict Analysis and Resolution Program, and the founder and co-director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Center Asia (PACSC Asia) at George Mason University Korea. Dr. Wilson received his PhD from George Mason University.

Making Korean Cuisine
Tuesday, July 19 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET
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Korean food has recently gained a lot of attention for its many fermented dishes and seasonal ingredients and is considered very healthy among many. This lecture aims to provide a deeper understanding of South Korea by introducing the most important parts of everyday South Korean life, which is the Korean food culture. The instructors will demonstrate how to make some of the most common home-cooked meals.

Hyang Lee is currently a professor of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University Korea. She has over 20 years of experience teaching Korean language and culture to international students at universities in Korea and at international organizations.

Eunkyung Park is an instructor of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University Korea. She has over 14 years of experience teaching Korean language and culture to international students at universities in Korea, Thailand, and Germany.

Between Cultural Hybridization and Appropriation: The Meaning of “K” in K-Pop
Tuesday, July 26 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET
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K-Pop began as local Korean popular music in the late 1990’s, became a global popular music genre in East Asia in the early 2000’s, and then popular outside East Asia in the early 2010’s. Especially after the big success of BTS and other bands in the late 2010’s, K-Pop is considered one of the hottest rising musical genres in the world.

Dr. Gyu Tag Lee earned his doctorate in Cultural Studies from George Mason University in 2013 and has been teaching at George Mason University Korea since 2014. He is an expert on popular music, media studies, globalization of culture, and especially, K-Pop.

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