2013 Spring Semester Events
APRIL 24, 2013English as National Policy: The Case of Korea Roles of the State, the Society, and the Professionals in English Education in South Korea
by Dr. Oryang Kwon, Seoul National University
Date: Wednesday April 24th, 2013, 4PMPlace: Humanities Bld. 1006
English language is deemed as a critical element in the people’s endeavor to climb the social class ladder, and in the nation’s efforts to survive and prevail in the competitive international arena. Improvement of English education, therefore, is of primary concern not only to professionals but also to the society and the government in each nation of this region. As such, the three groups assume important roles in English-as-a-foreign language education. If their respective roles are ideally allocated and cooperatively played, the effects of such harmony would be an improvement in English education. However, reality shows that their roles often overlap or are in conflict with each other, resulting in confusion and difficulties. Dr. Kwon will discuss positive and negative effects of these three groups’ roles in policy-making and implementing English education in Korea as well as other Asian countries. Teaching opportunities for English speakers in Korea will also be addressed.
About the Speaker:
April 3, 2013
Movie Night II-"Sunny"
March 13, 2013"The Yard and Korean Shakespeare"
by Professor Hyon-U Lee, English Literature, Soon Chun Hyang University
Date: Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, 5:30PM-6:30PM
Place: Humanities Bld. room# 1006
Using an open space such as yards as acting is the most distinguishable characteristic of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, which was rebuilt in 1996 in London. Coincidently, it is a very characteristic quality of the traditional Korean theatre, as well. The talk will compare the theatrical cultures of the West and Korea in terms of theatrical space and introduce how the yard techniques of the West were integrated with local theatrical culture to produce “Korean” productions of the Shakespeare plays.
About the speaker:
Hyon-u Lee is professor in the Department of English at Soon Chun Hyang University in South Korea. His work focuses on Shakespeare, especially in performances. He is the author of Shakespeare: Audience, Stage, and Texts (in Korean, 2004), the first author of Glocalizing Shakespeare in Korea and beyond (2009), and the translator of The First Quarto of Hamlet (2007) and Seneca’s Oedipus (2007). He has also published many essays, written theatre criticism, directed stage productions, and performed as an actor on stage and in television. He was awarded the 2012 PAF stage director award for his directing Therese Raquin in 2011. He is editor of the journal of the Classic and Renaissance English Literature Association of Korea and Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation, and Performance. He is the performance director of Shakespeare Association of Korea, and a correspondent of The World Shakespeare Bibliography (online) produced by Shakespeare Quarterly. Dr. Lee is currently a visiting scholar to the Center for Korean Studies.
March 5, 2013
CHWITADAE (Korean Court or Military Music)/Bibimbap Night
Place: Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Admission: $10 (all), including meal. Discount of 20% available to groups of 5 or more.
Reserve by telephone (632-4400), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chwitadae is an award-winning ensemble on a mission to bring Korean performing arts to an international audience. Taking its name from chwita, literally meaning "to blow and to hit", Daechwita combines winds and percussion in ia style that will stretch Western ears both timberally and melodically. for this program, Chwitadae also includes elements of samulnori, the traditional Korean folk genre. Followed by the performance, there will be a Bibimbap event.
Bibimbap is a Korean signature dish that is loved by many Korean people. It contains rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables), sliced meat, fried/half-cooked egg and gochujang (chili pepper paste). The ingredients are stirred together just before eating. A giant bowl of Bibimbap will be catered by KeumGangSan restaurant in Flushing. The concept of Jeong is what we may call 'affection' or amicable feeling towards something or somebody, and is often shown through sharing. The Center for Korean Studies and Charles B. Wang Center would like to invite you for this unforgettable event and experience the Korean way of Jeong by sharing the Bibimbap.
**This event is Co-Presented by Stony Brook University's Center for Korean Studies and Charles B. Wang Center.
March 5, 2013
Bring a date or a group of friends and enjoy one of the best Korean movies of 2012!