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The Kwangju Massacre after Thirty-Five Years:
The Politics and Poetics of Witnessing

A Conversation with Korean Writers Lim Chul-woo (임철우) and Han Kang (한강)
South Korea's vaunted path to democratization wound through the city of Kwangju, where the blood of civilians massacred by the military bathed the streets in May of 1980. As a turning point in the history of the country's struggle for democracy, Kwangju has been variously commemorated and contested in the shifting tides of Korean politics ever since. Approaching the thirty-fifth anniversary of the momentous event, acclaimed Korean writers LIM Chul-Woo and HAN Kang will engage in a rare cross-generational conversation about the writer's craft in the age of state terror, and ruminate on the meanings of Kwangju past and present after reading from their works of fiction, "The Red Room" (1988) and The Boy (2014).
Date: April 22, 2015
Time: 3-5pm
Location: AM 189




"Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China"

by Dr. Charles Sanft

Charles Sanft's research focuses on the political thought and practice of early imperial China, from around the late third century BCE into the first century CE. He has published articles on legal history, ritual, and translations and studies of paleographic materials from the time in journals including Early China, Environmental History, Asia Major, Frontiers of History in China, and others. His book, Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China: Publicizing the Qin Dynasty, will be published by the State University of New York Press in May 2014 as part of the SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture. In it, he combines received history, the results of archaeological excavation, and current secondary scholarship to argue for the importance of non-coercive government under the early empire.


"The Unapproachable History of Ancient Korea"

by Dr. Mark Byington

Mark E. Byington, founder and project director of the Early Korea Project at the Korea Institute, Harvard University, serves also as editor of Early Korea, an edited serial publication focused on early Korean history and archaeology. He is also the series editor for the Early Korea Project Occasional Series. He received an A.M. degree from the Regional Studies East Asia program at Harvard (1996) and a Ph.D. degree from the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard (2003), with a research focus on the early history and archaeology of the Korean peninsula and northeastern China. His primary research interest centers on the formation and development of early Korean states, particularly Koguryŏ and Puyŏ.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time:  4:30-6:30 PM
Place:  FA 212




The First K-Pop:

Korean Songs and Dance
Performance of Traditional Korean Dramatic Music and Dance


Musicology of Ka-Mu-Ak, Korean Performance Tradition

Lecture & Performance

Chan E. Park

Professor of Korean Language, Literature, and Performance

The Ohio State University

 Hwagwanmu (Floral Coronet Dance) & Buchaechum (Fan Dance)

Angela Kim

Venue: Dickinson Fireplace Lounge - C4 - Room 126
Date and Time: Friday, April 4th, 2014, 3:00-5:00 pm

Chan E. Park specializes in the research and performance of Korean lyrical and narrative tradition including the story-singing tradition of p'ansori. Park has published extensively on the Korean performativity and its interdisciplinary implication, including her monograph, Voices from the Straw Mat: Toward an Ethnography of Korean Story Singing (University of Hawaii Press 2003), and Songs of Thorns and Flowers: Bilingual Performance and Discourse on Modern Korean Poetry Series (Foreign Language Publications 2010- ). Park is the innovator of "bilingual p'ansori," and has presented at numerous locations around the world. She has singly or collaboratively produced the world premieres including: Centennial P'ansori: In 1903, Pak Hungbo Went to Hawai'i (2003); When Tiger Smoked His Pipe (2003); Shim Ch'ong: A Korean Folktale (2003); Alaskan P'ansori: Klanott and the Land Otter People (2005); Pak Hûngbo Went to Almaty (2007); Fox Hunts and Freedom Fighters Korean and Western Women in Seoul 1894-1920 (2009); Fox Hunt and the Death of a Queen (2012); Hare Returns from the Underwater Palace (2013). 

Angela Kim received her degree in Korean Traditional Dance from Sang Myung University. She danced professionally for National Gang Won Province Dance Troupe. Presently, she is working with Sulpoong (Korean Traditional percussion group in Binghamton University). 

Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory

Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor History, Columbia University,

Monday, February 3, 2014
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Place: FA 258

Financially assisted by: The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies.

Co-sponsored by: The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Institute for Asian and Asian Diasporas, History Department, and the Center for Korean

About the author:  Carol Gluck received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she is now the George Sansom 
Professor of History. Her field is the history of modern Japan from the mid-nineteenth century to the 
present. She writes and teaches about the political, social, and cultural history of Japan in transnational 
perspective, World War II, history-writing and public memory in Asia and the West. Her books include
Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period (1985); Showa: the Japan of Hirohito (1992);
Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon (2009); Thinking with the Past: Modern Japan and History
(2012); Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory (forthcoming); and, in Japanese, Rekishi 
de kangaeru (Thinking about History, 2007). Her most recent article is "The End of Elsewhere: Writing
Modernity Now," American Historical Review (June 2011).

About the talk:  More than sixty-five years after it ended, the Second World War remains a contested issue in history
and memory. How do examples from Europe, Asia, and North America help us to understand both how
public memory operates in contemporary societies and how entrenched national war stories change—
or do not change—over time? And what are the challenges posed by the present surge of memory for 
what we used to call history? 


From Mercury to Mars: Welles and War of the Worlds at 75

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall 7

Sponsored By: The Binghamton University Sound Studies Collective, the Office of the Provost, Harpur Dean’s Office, the English Department, the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Comparative Literature, and Cinema.

Host: Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman (Binghamton, English)
Moderator: John Cheng (Binghamton, Asian and Asian American Studies)

Damien Keane (SUNY Buffalo, English): "The War of the Words: Propaganda Monitoring and Radio Pages”
Tom McEnaney (Cornell, Comparative Literature): "Journey Into Fear: Welles, Latin America, and Heart of Darkness”
Shawn VanCour (NYU, Media, Culture, and Communication): “"Spectral Radio: for the Love of a Dead Medium”

Join us later in the evening for the "War of the Worlds" 75th Anniversary Broadcast on Binghamton's WHRW 90.5 from 7-10 p.m.

During the 7:00 hour we will kick off the evening with a new original "War of the Worlds" documentary produced by Aaron Trammell (Rutgers) and Sounding Out! and hosted by Brian Hanrahan (Cornell New Media and Performance). It features top radio and media scholars such as Kathleen Battles, Kate Lacey, Alex Russo, Elena Razlogova, Josh Sheppard, Paul Heyer, and BU's own Brian Wall (Cinema) and John Cheng (AAAS). From 8-9 p.m. we will rebroadcast Welles' original "War of the Worlds" (the exact time of its first broadcast 75 years ago) and from 9-10 p.m. Jennifer Stoever-Ackerman (English) will host a live show from Binghamton University's Listening Party at the Mountainview Common Room that will feature sounds produced by Monteith McCollum's Cinema 352 "Performance Processes" course and the Binghamton-area band The Short Waves. There will also be a social media event tying in listening parties across the globe. . .we'd love for you to Tweet during the broadcast using the hashtag #WOTW75

All are welcome at the listening party! Come and be a part of #WOTW75! Please invite your classes to listen and Tweet in!

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