Media Advisory: Sigma Xi fall lecture features UGA professor Han Park speaking about U.S.-Korean rel

Athens, Ga. — The University of Georgia Chapter of Sigma Xi fall lecture will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Nov. 29, in Room 175 of the Coverdell Building on the University of Georgia campus. A reception, co-sponsored by the UGA Food Science Club, follows the lecture. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

This year’s lecture will be presented by UGA’s Han S. Park, director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues and University Professor of International Affairs. The title of his presentation will be “Kim Jong-Il, George W. Bush, and the Bomb.”

Park, considered by many to be the leading expert on North Korea, has been instrumental in promoting better relations between the U.S. and North Korea. He has worked to provide quality information to the public regarding the North Korean nuclear crisis and is a key player in the diplomatic process aimed at relieving tensions and resolving the current crisis over North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear capabilities.

Park’s research focus has involved the issues of human rights, sustainable development and East Asian politics. Included in his publications are Human Needs and Political Development (1984), China and North Korea (co-authored, 1990), North Korea: Ideology, Politics, Economy (edited, 1996), and North Korea: The Politics of Unconventional Wisdom (2002). Currently, he is writing a two-volume book titled Civilization at a Crossroads. He is also the founding president of Uniting Families, Inc., a nonprofit humanitarian organization aimed at reuniting separated family members in China and the Koreas, working to alleviate hunger, and coordinating efforts to provide medical supplies and other humanitarian aid support to the people of North Korea. Park has served as an expert analyst, appearing regularly on CNN International, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, ABC’s World News Tonight and Nightline, the BBC and NPR. He serves as a consultant for ABC News.