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South Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Date: March 30, 2009

The East Asian Studies Program and departments of International Affairs, History, and Sociology/Anthropology will co-sponsor the following presentation: “The Work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, South Korea: Uncovering the Hidden History of the Korean War”
Guest lecturers will include Dong-Choon Kim, Professor, Department of Sociology, SungKongHoe University, and Standing commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Republic of Korea, and Hee Kyung Sub, Ph.D., Investigator, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Republic of Korea.
In response to petitions to bereaved families, the South Korean National Assembly established an independent Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2005 to investigate charges that unarmed civilians and political prisoners were massacred before and during the Korean War. The U.S. and the current south Korean governments have been reluctant to fully acknowledge the findings of the Commission because the evidence unearthed raises doubts about the official narrative of the Korean War. The two speakers will discuss the major findings of the Commission, the investigative process with reference to specific cases, and future challenges facing the Commission’s truth and reconciliation work.
The event will be held in Albany Quadrangle Smith Hall. If you have questions, please contact Marty Hart-Landsberg, professor of economics, 503 768-7624.

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