Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Korea
Thursday, 31 August, 2017
This lecture promises to be a fascinating introduction to Korea. Encompassing both North and South, this ambitious presentation celebrates one of the most outstanding lands and peoples on earth. Penetrating – and yet necessarily concise – this overview distinguishes "all things Korean": the people, history, politics and culture. It guarantees intriguing revelations into what really makes Koreans tick.
There is a reason why Korea has been chosen to be the primary focus of attention for our Fall semester. Currently, the Korean Peninsula is one of the world's most significant and vital regions on our complex and ever-changing planet. Korea's dynamism and vibrancy is matched only by its propensity to hold the global spotlight for being the world's most dangerous flashpoint.
Get ready for a wild ride throughout all the Korean Peninsula to see that Korea is where the action is.
Gary Wintz has traveled to more than 220 countries, colonies, and territories in the last 40 years, researching, writing, photographing, and lecturing about distant lands and cultures. He has worked on NGO projects in Indochina, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, and has contributed his knowledge to development projects in Ethiopia for UNICEF. In 1981-82, he taught at universities in both China and Tibet and lectured for the Soviet Academy of Sciences in 1989 and 1990. Wintz has also lectured on cruise ships, including ones ported in Busan, Korea, and private jet tours and for the National Geographic Society at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. He has lectured also in the presence of the Dalai Lama. Wintz is a longtime member of the Mongolia Society, the Association for Asian Studies (including Korea Studies), the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, and the Central Eurasian Studies Society. As a tour leader, he has been a longtime leader of citizen diplomacy exchanges, including pioneering "Peace Trains" on the trans-Siberian.
Gary Wintz will be the first one to tell you that he is neither an academic nor a scholar. But because of the breadth of his work and travels, and from the depth of his exploratory spirit and real life experiences – particularly in Asia – he has shared his expertise by guest lecturing at such universities as Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Indiana, and the University of Western Australia. His first travels to both North and South Korea began in 1975 and have continued to both countries through the decades. He has visited Korea six times in just the past three years, including twice this year.