Mason Korea and OLLI Mason Present “Live from Korea” Summer Lecture Series


Mason Korea partnered this summer with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at George Mason University to present “Live from Korea,” an international interactive summer course series. OLLI provides non-credit courses for adults who pursue lifelong learning. Mason faculty frequently teach OLLI courses.  “Live from Korea” features Mason Korea faculty teaching for OLLI for the first time.

olliSix Mason Korea faculty and one Mason Korea advisory board member taught the online course series, which covered topics on Korean history, economics, international relations, and culture. Each online lecture had between 100 and nearly 400 views on Zoom and YouTube. 

“OLLI Mason community members are extremely curious to explore Korean art, music, culture, food, geography, economics, and world affairs. The “Live from Korea” series examined these topic areas and more,” said Jennifer Disano, Executive Director of OLLI. “Many thanks to all of the amazing Mason Korea presenters and to Dr. Matz for his leadership in designing the series with OLLI Program Associate Shannon Kim Morrow. OLLI and Mason Korea will offer version two of the “Live from Korea” series in summer 2023,” she added.

“There is so much interest in Korea nowadays and I’m glad that Mason Korea could serve some of that interest by offering this program to the Northern Virginia and greater community,” said Mason Korea Campus Dean Robert Matz. “I’m a great believer in the OLLI mission, and look forward to further collaboration between OLLI and Mason Korea,” he added.


"Live from Korea" Course Details





Suzanna Samstag Oh

Sr. advisor to the Chairman of Daesung Group and Mason Korea advisory member

Four Decades of Change in Korea


Dr. Moon Joon Kim

A professor of economics at Mason Korea

The Miracle of the Han River and Beyond


Dr. Soyoung Kwon

A professor of global affairs and Director of CSPS-Korea at Mason Korea

Inter-Korea Relations and North Korea


Dr. Roland Wilson

A professor of conflict analysis and resolution and co-director of PACSC Asia at Mason Korea

Korean Unification: Resolving the Unresolvable Protracted Social Conflict


Dr. Hyang Lee 

A professor of Modern and Classical Languages


Prof. Eunkyung Park 

An instructor of Modern and Classical Languages

Making Korean Cuisine

Dr. Gyu Tag Lee

A professor of cultural studies at Mason Korea and K-pop expert

Between Cultural Hybridization and Appropriation: The Meaning of “K” in K-Pop

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To watch the recorded lectures, click here.