Since its establishment in 1988 within the East Asian Institute (now the Weatherhead East Asian Institute), the Center for Korean Research has played a leading role in the study of Korea within Columbia University, the New York City area, and beyond. At Columbia, the CKR has helped to make Korea an increasingly important focus of attention within East Asian studies programs, as well as within the disciplinary departments and professional schools. By sponsoring public lectures, conferences, workshops, and cultural events such as movies and concerts on Korea-related topics, the CKR works to advance academic knowledge and a greater public awareness of Korea in the New York City area and, more broadly, North America. CKR also serves as a bridge between Korean Studies in North America and the most recent work of the Korean academic world through its sponsorship of visiting scholars and active partnerships with universities and institutions in South Korea.
The mission of the CKR is:
- To encourage and promote research, teaching, study, and public outreach about Korea in the social sciences and the humanities at Columbia University across disciplines, schools and programs
- To bring together scholars and students from Columbia and other institutions of higher learning, public officials, community and business leaders, and members of the general public in order to conduct research and hold discussions on matters of key concern in Korean affairs
- To raise the level of awareness and knowledge of Korean culture, history, politics, society and economy within the Columbia University community, the New York metropolitan area, the United States, and abroad