Our mission

We carry out our mission by:

  • organizing colloquia, seminars, and lectures.
  • hosting international academic conferences and meetings in partnership with other institutions.
  • sponsoring research projects.
  • providing a forum in which to discuss policies related to the Koreas.
  • hosting an Undergraduate Research Day.
  • sponsoring Korean film week and planning showings of Korean films at the IU Cinema.
  • organizing cultural events for the campus community and the public.
  • creating study materials and textbooks on Korean studies.
  • contributing to the expansion of the university's Korea-related library collections.
  • promoting all aspects of Korean studies.

About our director

Seung-kyung Kim is the inaugural director of the Institute for Korean Studies, as well as the founding Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies. She also serves as a professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

The Korea Foundation Chair in Korean Studies has been made possible through the generosity of the Korea Foundation, the key institution for Korea's public diplomacy, launched in 1991 to broaden understanding of Korea in the global community; as well as donations from alumni Young-Jin Kim and William (Won Suk) Joo, and a third, anonymous Korean donor.

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