The North Korean Conundrum for the U.S. and Asia

Public Lecture on North Korea and the US, by Dr. Frank Plantan (University of Pennsylvania), co-director of International Relations Program and honorary consul-general of Republic of Korea for Pennsylvania, Sept. 19, Brennan Hall 228, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Open to the public. Free of charge. Cosponsored by the Asian Studies, History, and Political Sciences Departments.

Dr. Frank Plantan currently serves as the co-director of the International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Ph.D. in higher education and master's degree in international relations. His bachelor’s degree is in political science from Illinois State University. He served 18 years as the director of the Penn-in-Seoul Study Abroad and Internship Program. He also served as a consultant to the World Bank as a member of the Corporate Restructuring Team in Seoul during the Asian economic crisis in 1998 - 1999. Early in his career he also worked for the Economic Planning Board of the Republic of Korea. He also does occasional consulting and is a partner in Gotham Orient Partners, an investment advisory firm. Gotham Orient Partners organized “Hedge Korea 2012,” sponsored by Korea’s Financial Supervisory Commission and the Korean Capital Markets Institute. As a member of the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable he has spoken on investing in Korea and on corporate social responsibility and sustainability. He has consulted with Kyung Hee University, Korea on the development of their new Global Academy and NGO Complex and the development of the 2008 World Civic Forum in conjunction with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. He served on the Planning Committee of the United Nations Department of Public Information 61st Annual Conference.

His other international education and research experience includes 10 years as executive secretary of the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy (a joint project of the Council of Europe and the University of Pennsylvania). He has served as the General Raporteur for the Council of Europe on a 17-nation comparative research project, Universities as Sites of Citizenship and Civic Responsibility. He is the National President of Sigma Iota Rho, the National Honor Society for International Studies with chapters on over one hundred and eighty campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

For more information and questions, please contact Dr. Ann A. Pang-White, director of Asian Studies, at or (570) 941-6312.

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