Marquette University News Release

Lecture to address next steps in United States-Korean affairs

October 27, 2011

Event Information:
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Alumni Memorial Union
Monaghan Ballroom
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

MILWAUKEE — Victor Cha, a former Director for Asian Affairs at the White House, will be the inaugural speaker for the Dr. John K.C. Oh Lecture on Korean Affairs Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m. Cha will present, “The United States and Korea: What Next?” followed by a reception, in the Alumni Memorial Union Monaghan Ballroom, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The lecture, held by the Marquette University Department of Political Science, is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome, but individuals are encouraged to register online.

Cha is currently the director of Asian studies and D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies and Government at Georgetown University. As a Director of Asian Affairs at the White House from 2004-07, Cha was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy for Japan, the two Koreas, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island nations. He was also U.S. deputy head of delegation to the Six-party Talks and a senior consultant on East Asian security issues for different branches of the U.S. government. Cha has received several awards, including two Fulbright scholarships, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and a John M. Olin National Security Fellowship.

The Dr. John K.C. Oh Lecture on Korean Affairs was made possible by a gift from Bonnie Oh in memory of her husband. Oh was a faculty member in Marquette’s Department of Political Science, chair of the Political Science Department and dean of the Graduate School. He was also a professor of politics and academic vice president at Catholic University of America. Oh is the author of six books and more than 100 articles. His best-known works are Korea: Democracy on Trial (1968) and Korean Politics: The Quest for Democratization and Economic Development (1999).

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