The Department of Social Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology wishes to announce a lecture by Bruce Cumings (University of Chicago): “North Korea: Still in the Axis of Evil?” (Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 4-5:30pm) Illinois Institute of Technology Main Campus, Wishnick Hall, Auditorium (Room 113)
Professor Bruce Cumings will examine the disconnects in the 60-year confrontation between the United States and North Korea. Although the U.S. has labeled North Korea as a “rogue state” and as part of the “axis of evil,” American media and most pundits rarely consider the background to the U.S. conflict with Pyongyang. This history includes the 1945–48 American military occupation of South Korea, the Korean War, and America’s role in introducing nuclear weapons to the Korean peninsula in 1958. Today, North Korea continues to challenge the U.S., most recently by attempting to put a satellite in orbit.
Bruce Cumings teaches international history, modern Korean history, and East Asian political economy at the University of Chicago, where he is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning two-volume study, The Origins of the Korean War. Cumings is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, and the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council.